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I’m going to make a bold prediction here, so stay with me.
The Orioles will not rely on home runs for all of their scoring in their remaining 23 games. A single might do the trick. Maybe a double. Heck, they may bring back the sacrifice fly that was all the rage for two nights.
The Orioles are on pace to hit 219 home runs, the second-highest total in club history. They belted 257 in 1996.
This year’s club is 19-2 when it hits three homers or more.
Miguel Gonzalez has seven quality starts in 11 outings at home this season. He’s gone at least six innings in eight of the last 10. He’s 6-2 with a 3.83 ERA at Camden Yards.
That settles it. Let Gonzalez make all the home starts and Chris Tillman all the road starts. Platoons come in many forms.
Adam Jones has homered in consecutive games five times this season.
Jones is the seventh Oriole with back-to-back 30 home run seasons and the first outfielder since Frank Robinson hit 49 and 30 in 1966 and 1967. Jones also has joined Eddie Murray and Rafael Palmeiro as the only players in franchise history with multiple 30 home run/30 double seasons.
OK, so he doesn’t walk enough. Whatever. The Orioles aren’t giving him back to the Mariners.
Do any of the Orioles walk enough? They have 352 this season, fewest in the American League. Only the Brewers with 336 are less patient.
Tough night for Michael Morse in his first home game with the Orioles. Two strikeouts and a double play.
A fan sitting in front of the press box yelled, “Go back to Washington.” That was two teams ago.
I was wondering why Morse ditched “Take on Me” as his walk-up song after his first at-bat. Did he want it gone in a day or two? (See what I did there?)
Apparently, Morse rotates three songs. “Take on Me” is usually reserved for his third at-bat, but he wanted it played first last night.
One of his choices last night sounded like “Poison” by Bell Biv DeVoe. Or maybe it was “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” by Poison. It’s hard to hear anything in the press box.
Actually, they were “In My Mind” by Ivan Gough and “Royals” by Lorde, according to a source close to the PA system.
I began to wonder last night whether reliever Darren O’Day was injured. He’s pitched once since Aug. 28, tossing a scoreless inning in New York on Sept. 1.
Tommy Hunter got the call last night in the top of the eighth inning and Jim Johnson worked the ninth for his 42nd save. However, O’Day did begin to warm up in the eighth, so he must be fine.
The White Sox are 24-49 (.329) on the road, tied with the Marlins for the lowest winning percentage in the majors. They’ve lost seven straight road games after winning six of their previous seven.
I tweeted yesterday that Triple-A Norfolk pitching coach Mike Griffin has joined the Orioles’ staff as an extra coach - a September call-up, if you will - but I forgot to include it in the blog. Tides manager Ron Johnson will be here eventually, with Griffin perhaps going home for a while. Showalter wants to give both of them a little downtime after a long minor league season.
On this date in 1995, Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig’s unbreakable record for consecutive-games played. How many of you were at the ballpark that night?
Last night, obviously, was the anniversary of Ripken tying the record. Yeah, I figured out that one all on my own.
Which batter stood on-deck for the Orioles, waiting to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning after the game became official? Jeff Manto.
What does Manto do now? He’s the White Sox hitting coach.