Anyone out there tonight? Not many comments coming on a day that included an Orioles Hall of Fame luncheon and multiple roster moves.
Maybe you’ve hit a wall. It happens to the best of ‘em.
Zach Britton shut out the Tigers on six hits over seven innings in his first start after being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk, but he fell behind, 1-0, tonight in the second inning.
Edwin Encarnacion led off with a double and scored on Kelly Johnson’s single. Left fielder Nate McLouth bobbled the ball, eliminating a potential play at the plate.
Britton has thrown 39 pitches in two innings.
The Orioles stranded J.J. Hardy (double) and Adam Jones (walk) in the first inning, but Chris Davis hit his 21st home run leading off the bottom of the second to tie the game. Davis also tied his career high in homers. He hit 21 with the Rangers in 2009.
Davis’ ball landed on Eutaw St. - the 66th in Camden Yards history, the 28th by an Oriole and the third by Davis.
Nine balls have landed on Eutaw St. this season, breaking the single-season record of eight set in 2008.
UPDATE: Davis homered again in the fourth, giving him a career-high 22 and giving the Orioles a 2-1 lead. This is the second multi-homer game of Davis’ career. He hit two against the Yankees on May 26, 2009.
Did you know the Orioles are 57-33 in one-run games since Buck Showalter took over as manager on Aug. 3, 2010?
The Orioles allowed one individual multi-homer game, from Josh Hamilton, in their first 113 games this season. They’ve allowed three in their last 11 games, from Alex Gordon, Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre.
Earlier today, J.C. Romero talked about the Orioles’ decision to designate him for assignment.
“From the first day I came here, I gave myself eight innings,” he said. “I knew from the get-go that if in eight innings I didn’t do my job, something was going to happen. But when you’re in a pennant race, sometimes you have less room for mistakes, and that’s what happened. Four innings, that’s all she wrote. I know I wasn’t as sharp as I’d like to be, but sometimes it’s hard for someone to just come in and do your job in four innings. But I understand the business side of the game. I’ve been through this before and I just keep moving.”
Romero is considering retirement.
“At this point, I don’t know,” he said. “As a husband and as a father, it gets to a point in your life where you have to say ‘enough is enough.’ I don’t know. I’m 36 years old. I feel healthy, but with the bumps in the road I’ve had the last three years, it seems like it gets harder and harder for me to re-establish myself. I really have to go home and think if I really want to continue and play. If I feel in my heart I really still want to keep playing, I’ll give my best to work hard and get ready for next season. If not, I’ll keep my head up high and hopefully God has a different plan for me.
“It’s tough man. It’s tough. I was very spoiled early on in my career. I spent five years with one team, five years with another team. All of a sudden, you’re going up and down and trying to re-establish yourself. It’s real hard. You have no room for mistakes. There’s nothing else to say. I don’t make any excuses. My last two outings weren’t my best outings, and I gave up a run in every one of my outings. It’s something that when you’re in the race, you need perfection. You need someone who can shut the door and that wasn’t the case for me this time, but that doesn’t mean I can’t continue to pitch. It just means that I really need to look back and see what I can do better and if I get another fair chance I’d do it, but I don’t want to continue to put myself in situations where I have a short period of time to do a lot and not being able to do it because then you go back to step one and I don’t want to do that.
“I’m going to go home. I have a big storm that’s going to hit my house in Alabama, so I want to go there and spend time with my wife and get ready for the storm. Whenever the storm goes by, I will see what God has in store for me, but right now I wish these guys the best of luck. This organization treated me with a lot of respect in the short time I was here and I wish them the best and I’m sorry I couldn’t do more.”
Down on the farm, Kevin Gausman has allowed two runs and five hits in three innings at Single-A Frederick, with no walks and one strikeout. He gave up a solo home run to Potomac’s Steven Souza.