Luke Scott thought he hit a home run in the fifth inning. The umpires ruled that he hit a double. Scott wasn’t convinced, and neither was manager Buck Showalter.
Instant replay came into play at Camden Yards for the second time this season, and Scott lost his argument. He had to settle for a double on a ball that hit the orange AT&T sign in right-center field, not above it.
Scott was circling his arm over his head as he chugged into second base, baseball’s universal home run sign. Nice try.
Here’s the good news: Scott’s double knocked Rays starter James Shields out of the game.
Here’s more good news: Felix Pie greeted reliever Jeremy Hellickson with an undisputed ground rule double to score Scott. Pie moved to third on Matt Wieters’ single and scored on Julio Lugo’s fielder’s choice grounder, increasing the lead to 7-2.
The Orioles have been involved in three calls this season that required instant play. Two of the calls at Camden Yards were upheld. Jake Fox was awarded a home run in Boston on an overturned call.
Down on the farm, David Hernandez struck out the side in the seventh inning in his first injury rehab appearance at Double-A Bowie. He’s scheduled to throw another inning on Monday.
Second baseman Ryan Adams hit his 15th home run.
Triple-A Norfolk’s Scott Moore has a grand slam, double and five RBIs in the Tides’ game against Durham.
Left-hander Zach Britton has allowed two earned runs (three total) and four hits in five innings, with two walks and eight strikeouts.
Manny Machado is 2-for-2 with a walk for short-season Single-A Aberdeen, raising his average to .381. Mychal Givens hit his third home run.