News from the Orioles: An off-the-cuff win, a tough road trip and the scoreboard sighting

Happy Friday, Camden Chatters! How about this win last night? Holy cow! I had pretty much canceled the game. I was just sitting on my couch waiting for the finale to be done so I could write something sad about losing the series.

Instead, I watched Kyle Stowers pick a hell of a time to hit his first career big league home run. Trailing 0-2, Stowers hit the normally tough Liam Hendriks dinger. It was an incredible moment for the rookie and breathed new life into the team. They then won in 11 innings on a long fly ball from Anthony Santander that scored Cedric Mullins, who played as Manfred Man. You can get all the details on the win in Mark Brown’s match recap.

So where are we? Well, the Rays, Blue Jays and Mariners all won, so the Orioles won’t gain ground. The Rays have won six in a row, which is super annoying, and are currently at the top of the wild card pile. They are four games ahead of the Orioles with the Blue Jays just half a game behind them.

In case you want to be annoyed with the Red Sox, they had the bases loaded with no outs against the Blue Jays in the bottom of the ninth in a tie game and couldn’t score. The Blue Jays then took the lead in the top of the 10th.

The Mariners are still 2.5 games ahead of the Orioles in that third and final wildcard spot. 2.5 games is not a lot, but it will be a tough task. Especially with the Orioles on the road to fielding first-place teams in the AL West and AL Central, the Astros and the Guardians.

I’m going to be honest with you all, I don’t think our favorite team is going to make the playoffs. They just needed to make more progress over the last few weeks and instead they tread water.

I’m at peace with that, though. This team is amazing and even if they fail like I expect, I will come back with nothing but good memories. This team has given us some good, exciting baseball for most of the season. They had three consecutive winning months!

I think from time to time of a universe where not only was Adley able to start the year on the team, but also where John Means and Grayson Rodriguez were never injured. I think in this timeline, the Orioles are at the top of the wildcard pile, don’t you?

Anyway, back to reality. With the Orioles taking on the Astros this weekend, the Rays are on the road against the last-place Red Sox, the Blue Jays host the Angels, and the Mariners are at home against the Guardians. It was time for them to face a winning team!

I think maybe the chances of the Orioles going to the playoffs are slim, I’ll continue to watch the scoreboard until that’s done.

Connections

Chirinos strives to be a great teammate, saying ‘It’s not about you, it’s about the team’ – MASN Sports
Robinson Chirinos is an old man by Oriole standards, and he can say all the right things. He gives good hugs after the circuits, that’s for sure.

MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis, ‘extremely skeptical’ Orioles prospect, DL Hall, throws out starting pitcher – Reuters Sports News
Jim! Why do you say these things? Oh, because they’re real? Carry on, then.

Hyde on Wells, Garcia, roster and roster expansion – MASN Sports
Tyler Wells is closer to a comeback, Brandon Hyde wishes he could have more pitcher, and more Roch Kubatko.

AL ROY Update – Baltimore Sports and Life
Julio Rodriguez for Rookie of the Year? Or should it be Adley?

Anniversaries and history

Is it your birthday today? Happy birthday! You have two Orioles birthday pals. Today is pitcher Tyler Wells’ 28th birthday. Happy Birthday Tyler! Wells is on the injured list but has made a comeback and hopefully we’ll see him back in the squad soon. The former Rule Five pick had a very strong season as a starter, but he’s been out since late July.

The Oriole Maikel Franco 2021 also celebrates today. Franco, who turns the big 3-0 today, currently plays third base on the road for the Washington Nationals.

On this day in 1966, the Orioles were down 2-0 to the Red Sox when Vic Roznovsky and Boog Powell hit back-to-back homers in the ninth inning. Impressive! The Orioles won in 12 innings.

In 2012, the Orioles traded Matt Lindstrom to Arizona for Joe Saunders. It didn’t seem so bad at the time, but Hokie Joe became part of Orioles lore when he edged ace Yu Darvish in the 2012 Wild Card game, the O’s first playoff game since 1997.

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