I left my house yesterday at 1:32 p.m. I arrived home at 1:32 a.m.
I didn’t plan it that way.
Manager Buck Showalter suggests that we “sleep fast.” Well, it went quickly for me. I’m ready to get back in my car and make the hour-long drive to Nationals Park, where the clubhouse will have a different look.
Brad Bergesen is back. That shuttle must be getting old for him. And Blake Davis has reached the majors for the first time after being a fourth-round pick in 2006 out of Cal-State Fullerton and watching his career dip like one of Zach Britton’s fastballs.
Davis was a middle infield prospect who drew raves in spring training from former manager Dave Trembley. He was hurt late in camp - reporters glanced in the parking lot one day and saw him on crutches - and eventually came off the 40-man roster. He began last season at Double-A Bowie and hit .246 in 75 games at Triple-A Norfolk.
Davis wasn’t exactly beating down the door.
I honestly forget he was still in the organization until spotting him at the end of an intrasquad game this spring. He was gathering some equipment as I walked out of Ed Smith Stadium.
“Hey, isn’t that Blake Davis?”:
Yes, and I’ll be shaking his hand later this morning.
Davis and Ryan Adams made it to the majors this year before Brendan Harris and Nick Green. Show of hands if you predicted it.
Adams gets to play every day for the Tides. Good for him. Sitting on the Orioles’ bench was a waste.
Jeremy Accardo is the latest Orioles reliever to disappear before a full season passed. It’s become quite a list. I’m instantly reminded of Jim Brower and Mike DeJean and Steve Reed - and that’s just off the top of my exhausted head.
Third baseman Mark Reynolds has got to be a major concern to Showalter, even if it doesn’t show in postgame interviews. Reynolds committed his 15th error last night, and it was a biggie. Derrek Lee scooped out a throw to spare him another one toward the end of the game, on a routine play. And shortstop J.J. Hardy was charged with his first error on a pop up in foul territory that Reynolds overran.
Showalter asked reporters afterward whether Hardy was given the error. Reading between the lines, it was obvious that he thought Reynolds deserved it.
And finally, the last time that three Orioles collected at least four hits in a game that they lost was July 22, 2006. Corey Patterson had five hits, and Miguel Tejada and Brian Roberts each had four in a 13-12 loss to Tampa Bay.
Time to hit the road again. I miss D.C. It’s been hours.
Update: Nick Markakis and Adam Jones both recorded four hits last night, but neither player scored a run or had an RBI. According to ESPN Stats and Information, since the RBI became an official stat in 1920, only one other team has had two players do that in the same game: the 1984 California Angels, who had Rod Carew and Fred Lynn both go 4-for-5 with 0 runs and 0 RBIs in a 2-1 loss to Oakland on April 13.
The Orioles had three players (Markakis, Jones, Lee) record at least four hits, and yet none of them managed to drive in a run. Since the RBI became an official stat in 1920, they are the first team to ever have three players with 4 or more hits and no RBIs in the same game.