I had a strange dream that the Orioles actually beat the Blue Jays in Toronto. But that couldn’t possibly happen. The Orioles haven’t won there since Garth Iorg was playing.
Or maybe it was Dane. I always get those two confused.
Actually, the Orioles fought back for a 7-5 victory. Very impressive.
Darren Oliver took the loss for the Blue Jays, but in fairness, he’s 100 years old.
The game included three hits, a home run, three runs scored and an error from Nolan Reimold. Sort of a mixed bag, but more good stuff than bad. I’ll take it.
Reimold is batting .308. I’ll take that, as well. He’s just not going to be a plus-defender. It’s fine to replace him with Endy Chavez in the late innings. His bat will determine whether he sticks in the majors, and with this organization.
Adam Jones is hitting .357 with two homers in seven games in the cleanup spot. If you don’t think he belongs there, let me know who should take his place. And no fair saying “Prince Fielder.” I mean on the current roster.
I’m not concerned, but J.J. Hardy is batting .167 after going 0-for-5 last night.
In his first game as the designated hitter, Mark Reynolds went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and left four runners on base. His average is back down to .143.
I found it curious that manager Buck Showalter told reporters yesterday that Reynolds would start taking ground balls at first base and working with infield coach DeMarlo Hale. I asked Showalter during the Twins series whether Reynolds could get some starts at first. Here’s what he said:
“Not right now. Want him to concentrate on third base. It’s one of those things in the back of your mind in a game, you know he can go over there, but I don’t want to put that in his mind now. He’s working so hard at third.”
It’s definitely in Reynolds’ mind now. What changed Showalter’s mind?
Let’s see where Reynolds is playing today. The lineup should be posted around 12:30 p.m.
Down on the farm, catcher John Hester hit a walk-off home run against Charlotte with two outs in the 14th inning. Hester had three hits.
It was Triple-A Norfolk’s first walk-off homer since Adam Donachie, another catcher, on July 23, 2011.
The Tides’ bullpen tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings, the last three from Oscar Villarreal.
Matt Antonelli hit his first home run. He also drew two more walks, giving him 10 in seven games.
Dana Eveland gave up three runs and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings. The guy pitches to contact.
Eveland retired 13 of 16 batters after giving up all three runs in the third.
Shameless plug alert: I’m returning to “Wall to Wall Baseball” today from noon-2 p.m. on MASN. Phone the neighbors and wake up the kids.