BOSTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters after today’s 7-6 win over the Red Sox that the club may call up a pitcher from Triple-A Norfolk to aid the bullpen.
Showalter said he wants to avoid using three relievers in Tuesday night’s series opener against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Feel free to speculate.
“There were a lot of proud moments,” Showalter said. “Not always in a win. That’s why they’re different. And Boston has got people that are different. These are not only the best baseball players in the world, but the makeup is there.”
Ryan Flaherty, batting .209 before today and having made a costly error at shortstop last night, delivered a big RBI single in the eighth to expand the lead to 7-5.
“Real proud of Ryan Flaherty,” Showalter said. “If you know Ryan, nobody beat themselves up more. And he came back today. That’s one good thing about an 11 o’clock game, you come right back. That’s about the only good thing about an 11 o’clock game. Well, there are other good things about it. But I’m proud of him coming in, getting a really big knock for us, playing a flawless shortstop. Those are things you take out of it.
“That’s why they’re different than the rest of us. They can do that. We’ve got a lot of mentally tough guys here.”
The Red Sox ran themselves out of the eighth when Xander Bogaerts got caught in a rundown while Daniel Nava stood on second base following Jonathan Herrera’s strikeout.
“The lead guy didn’t go,” Showalter said. “The trail guy kind of ran him off there. There’s two and three ways to run it. Because he never committed himself, Stevie (Clevenger) did a good job. Pretty much as textbook as you want to see it done.
“He runs a little better than you’d think he does. He’s had a lot of rest.”
It’s impressive that anyone could run on such short rest.
“I’m impressed with both teams,” Showalter said. “There’s a lot of pride involved. I was talking to Jonesy (Adam Jones) about the seventh inning and he was gassed, absolutely gassed. To have him say that, it just tells you what a challenge it was for these guys, professional athletes.
“I start getting worried sometimes we are putting these guys in harm’s way. There’s got to be a better way to do it. But we’ll take it.”
Chen cruised into the fifth and then hit a wall.
“It’s very easy to get frustrated with pitchers, but these are the world champions over here,” Showalter said. “They grind out pitchers. He had punched out the leadoff guy 2-2, didn’t get the call. That was frustrating for him.
“He knows, they know. God knows Dave (Wallace) knows. We’ve got to get into some sixth and seventh innings. Otherwise, we’re going to be back making moves with our bullpen. Which we may have to do now. We’ve got to go talk about it now. I’ve got three guys I won’t use tomorrow.”
Britton appeared in back-to-back games for the first time. Let’s assume he’s not available on Tuesday.
“He was good, all things considered,” Showalter said. “Everything is a process. These guys are getting exposed to this, put in the fire here. They’re only going to get better. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. And our guys, hopefully will.”