Postgame Showalter

Manager Buck Showalter had no doubt that Denard Span’s fly ball with two outs in the ninth would stay on the right side of the fence. He just wasn’t sure whether it would actually hit the fence.

“I thought at the very worst it would be off the wall,” Showalter said following the Orioles’ 5-4 victory over the Twins. “I’m glad he didn’t hit it two hours earlier. The ball was flying. It was a weird wind earlier, so we were fortunate.”

Buck Showalter meets with the media to discuss the Birds’ 5-4 victory over the Twins

Here’s more from Showalter:

On Zach Britton:
“He had some borderline pitches. There are so many pitches that can go one way or the other. You watched the game, you didn’t feel like he was throwing it all over the place. He was very close. I better stop at that one.

“He obviously wasn’t 100 percent tonight. You could hear him in the dugout, and when Mark (Connor) went out to visit him, he was wheezing pretty good. But I’m sure the Minnesota Twins don’t want to hear it. Like I said earlier, everybody’s got people who aren’t 100 percent and you’ve got to work your way through it. For him to give us that many innings, we were fortunate.”

On whether Showalter normally would have left Britton in the game at 88 pitches:
“He’s bullet-proof right now. We all were that way when we were 23, 24 and he won’t agree with me and that’s OK. I’d rather him come out in that situation and let J.J. (Jim Johnson) start clean, as opposed to going out there and creating some issues and health really becoming a factor.”

On Adam Jones’ second-inning at-bat that produced a two-run double:
“Great at-bat. A lot of people, when the situation changes with the wild pitch, passed ball, whatever they gave it, they don’t take into consideration men on second and third and nobody out and you’re trying to make a hard out the other way. That’s textbook there and you’re glad when somebody does it the right way that he gets rewarded for it and not just getting the runner over and getting it in, but also getting them both in and being on second base.”

On not bringing back Johnson in the eighth:
“To look at the big picture and what we’re going to have to get out of all our people, temptation, sure, but J.J. had also been up twice and fully hot two out of the last three days. And not getting him out there, we have him available tomorrow. If he goes back out there and has a deep inning, we’ve lost him for tomorrow. This way, we have everybody back ready to pitch tomorrow and this weekend, hopefully.”

On whether Kevin Gregg needed a clean inning after struggling:
“It would certainly look that way on the surface, but when you do this for a living and do what he does and we all do, you want to lose people in a hurry. You’ve got to be consistent. Was it tough? Was it this and that? No, not really. Not at this point. It’s easy for me to say now, right? We’ve got good people and we’ve got to continue to put them in situations where they can do what they do, and we’ve got to have more than one or two people doing it, and there’s only one way to find out. I hope I continue to have tough choices because we have good things to pick from. A lot of times, there won’t be a wrong decision because we have good people down there.”

On Koji Uehara:
“Koji was OK. I think every once in a while you need to keep in mind that he hasn’t had the benefit of a full spring training, but he’s going to be there. He’s thrown the ball well. I thought he threw the ball well tonight. He was real close with (Jim) Thome. Might have been smart the way he pitched him.”

On the offense producing:
“Obviously, the potential is there, but I’m a little disappointed we didn’t do some tack-on things after that and make it a little less tight and a little less stress on the bullpen. But I don’t doubt the potential at all. Very seldom during the course of the season are you going to get all the guys clicking. It’s just the way it is. But you’re kind of hoping that when certain guys fall down a little bit, the other people come back to their track record. You want to have a pass-the-baton mentality. I don’t think anybody feels like the weight of the Orioles’ offense is on their shoulders, which you can make a case for hasn’t always been the case the last few years.”

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