Brooks Robinson received plenty of loud ovations today during his statue unveiling and his on-field ceremony. The crowd really erupted when he said, “I don’t like to call you fans, I like to call you friends.”
Among the players attending the statue unveiling were Adam Jones, Mark Reynolds, Jim Thome, Chris Davis and Ryan Flaherty. Robinson summoned manager Buck Showalter to come over and say hello before the ceremony started.
Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver had tears in his eyes as Robinson spoke about him.
It wasn’t planned this way, but having Robinson’s ceremony last worked out perfectly. It just seemed right.
Davis has 29 home runs, three fewer than team-leader Adam Jones. If he gets another one, it will be the sixth time two Orioles have hit 30 or more in the same season, joining J.J. Hardy and Reynolds in 2011, Brady Anderson and Rafael Palmeiro in 1996, Eddie Murray and Larry Sheets in 1987, and Boog Powell and Frank Robinson in 1969 and 1966.
The Orioles made two errors last night, their first game with more than one since Aug. 7, a span of 46 games.
Chris Tillman and Troy Patton combined to one-hit the Red Sox last night, only the second time in Orioles history that they’ve held Boston to one hit or fewer. Tom Phoebus threw a no-hitter on April 27, 1968.
In 28 games against the Red Sox and Yankees this season, Reynolds is batting .337 with 10 doubles, 13 homers, 30 RBIs and 23 runs scored.
The Tampa Bay starters for their series against the Orioles are Alex Cobb on Monday, James Shields on Tuesday and Jeremy Hellickson on Wednesday.
Update: The Athletics trailed the Mariners, 4-1, in the eighth before scoring one run in the eighth, two in the ninth and three in the 10th on Brandon Moss’ walk-off homer. The Orioles need to win tonight to stay one game ahead of Oakland for the top wild card spot while also tying the Yankees for first place in the American League East.
Or something like that.
The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the second when Chris Davis was hit behind the right shoulder by a Felix Doubront pitch, stole second base standing up, moved to third on Mark Reynolds’ infield hit and scored on Manny Machado’s single into center field.
Reynolds was throwing out trying to go from first to third.
Steve Johnson has allowed one hit, walked a batter and struck out three in three scoreless innings. He’s thrown 25 of his 38 pitches for strikes.
Showalter talked about Brooks Robinson before today’s ceremony.
“I can remember we were looking for a place to live and we were driving around and I stopped the car because there’s Brooks Robinson walking in a semi-rain with his wife,” Showalter said. “I stopped and said hello to him and it was still raining and he was still out there talking. The thing that hit me was how much he loved the Orioles. Everything about the city. It was pretty cool. He’s always got a smile on his face and the glass always seems to be half-full with him.
“When you see really good players, Hall of Fame players, speak with revernce about somebody... Some of them can be full of them, but you see guys light up when they talk about Robinson. I wish he was in a position to be around more. Hopefully, that will get better.”
Update II: Davis hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, his 30th this season, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia answered with a two-run shot in the fifth.
Orioles 3, Red Sox 2.
Saltalamacchia launched an 88 mph fastball into the seats in right field. He crushed it.
Reynolds made two outstanding plays at first base in the fifth, including a catch in foul territory that ended with him flipping over the tarp and getting pinned against the stands.
Update III: Davis dropped a fly ball from Cody Ross with one out in the sixth inning as Jacoby Ellsbury scored to tie the game, 3-3. Jones and Davis almost collided before the ball deflected off Davis’ glove.
Ellsbury would have scored anyway, and the next batter, Mauro Gomez, bounced into a double play.
Tommy Hunter replaced Johnson after Ellsbury’s leadoff single and Scott Podsednik’s walk. Johnson is charged with three runs and four hits in five-plus innings, with three walks, three strikeouts and one home run. He threw 88 pitches, 54 for strikes.
Tonight’s attendance: 46,311. The Orioles have drawn 2,060,983 with one home date remaining in the regular season.
Update IV: Machado lined a 92 mph fastball into the left field seats leading off the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Orioles a 4-3 lead.
Machado has seven homers in 47 games.
Brian Matusz is warming in the bullpen with the left-handed hitting Ellbury and Podsednik due up in the top of the eighth.
Update V: The bullpen turned in four scoreless innings, Jim Johnson earned his 49th save and the Orioles moved into a first-place tie with the Yankees after defeating the Red Sox, 4-3, at Camden Yards.
The Orioles are 28-9 in one-run games, 72-0 when leading after the seventh inning and 73-1 when leading after the eighth.
Tommy Hunter got the win with two scoreless innings in relief of Steve Johnson, who wasn’t the same after being hit on the right foot by Pedroia’s sharp grounder up the middle in the fourth. We’ll check to find out whether he underwent X-rays. My guess is he did.