Checking in with more notes and quotes after the Orioles latest comeback win, 9-6 on Wednesday night over Oakland.
Nice change: The Orioles had lost 16 of the last 19 games with the A's before rallying to win the second game of the series. After falling behind 6-4 after four, they scored the game's final five runs.
Kevin Millwood, who gave up 5 ER over five innings, talked about Oakland's 6-run 4th, which featured two O's errors.
"It was strange. I had some chances to get out of it,...
In his debut with the Frederick Keys tonight, lefty pitcher Nate Moreau made quite an impression. He pitched the sixth no-hitter in Keys history as Frederick won 7-0 at Salem.
Here is the story from the Keys press release:
Last night he was a Delmarva Shorebird awaiting a start against the West Virginia Power. A night later Keys LHP Nathan Moreau had stunned the Salem Red Sox, being mobbed atop the hill in his league debut after throwing the first nine-inning complete game no-hitter for...
During a season where a lot has gone badly for the Orioles tonight a player hit a go-ahead home run but pulled his hamstring running the bases.
It happened when Luke Scott followed Ty Wigginton's two-run shot in the seventh with a solo homer for a 7-6 lead in a game that the Orioles won 9-6 over Oakland for their fifth win in six games, all via a comeback.
Now Scott could be bound for the disabled list.
"Right now it doesn't look good. Any time you deal with a pulled hamstring, it's...
Lefty Nate Moreau pitched a no-hitter tonight in his first start as a Frederick Key. He got the last out on a strikeout on a 2-2 pitch, as the Keys won 7-0 at Salem.
It's the 6th no-hitter in Keys history, but first complete-game, nine-inning no-hitter since John Maine vs. Winston-Salem on July 3, 2003.
The 23-year-old Moreau fanned six without a walk in his first Carolina League start. In the ninth, he got a strikeout for out number one, then a fly out and then a strike out to end the...
That describes the top of the fourth inning where Oakland used an infield single, a bloop single, two O's errors and a three-run homer to score six times vs. Kevin Millwood and take a 6-3 lead.
So much for playing from ahead. The O's led 3-0 after three.
But Miguel Tejada made an error on the first hitter of the inning. One out later, Corey Patterson not only could not catch Ryan Sweeney's bloop single, but then let it get behind him for an error as the first run scored.
Later in the...
The Orioles have agreed to terms with their 18th-round draft pick.
They have come to terms with RHP Sebastian Vader from San Marcos High in San Marcos, California. He is an 18-year-old hurler that goes 6'4" and 170 pounds and was the 538th overall selection. He turned 18 on June 3rd.
The O's have now come to terms with 27 of 49 selections and the highest pick they have signed to date is fourth-rounder Trent Mummey.
Here is the entire list of players that have agree to terms at this...
The movement of left-handed starting pitching upward in the O's farm system continued today when southpaw Nate Moreau moved from Delmarva to the Frederick Keys.
Moreau will be make his Keys debut tonight when he starts at Salem.
He is taking the rotation spot of Rick Zagone, who as we reported last night, has moved to Double-A Bowie and will start for the Baysox at home tonight vs. Erie. Zagone moved to Bowie when Zach Britton moved to Triple-A Norfolk, where he will make his first start on...
Norfolk Tides pitcher Chris Tillman and outfielder Jeff Salazar have made the International League All-Star team. They will be on the 30-man squad that will take on the Pacific Coast League on July 14 at Lehigh Valley in the 23rd Triple-A All-Star game.
Tillman is 7-4, 3.07 in 12 Triple-A starts on the year over 70 1/3 innings. He pitched a no-hitter on April 28 vs. Gwinnett. Tillman is 2-0, 2.84 in two starts since leaving the O's and going back to Triple-A.
Salazar is batting .284-13-34...
For Brian Matusz, it was another night like a lot of the others on Tuesday vs. Oakland.
He pitched pretty well, but not great, he got little run support and he lost.
I have heard fans term his 2010 season as "disappointing." Matusz is now 2-9, 4.90 in 16 starts this year. He is tied for the AL lead in losses.
I see Matusz's performance this year as encouraging not disappointing.
I admire the fact that the kid still has his sanity and hasn't wavered much amidst all the losing by his...
Here are more notes and stats to ponder from the Orioles 4-2 loss to the Oakland A's Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series.
Not this time: After scoring 37 runs and batting .330 over the last six games, and after scoring 17 runs in the series vs. Washington, the O's were held to two runs on five hits by Oakland.
The O's went 5 for 29 at bat with four doubles. The O's had the leadoff runner on base in seven of nine innings but left nine on base and went just 2 for 9 with runners...
After Brian Matusz hit Daric Barton in the top of the fifth inning on Tuesday night, the O's Julio Lugo got plunked by Vin Mazzaro leading off the last of the fifth.
Lugo said he didn't object to getting hit, but it was where the ball hit him that got him a bit hot after the play.
"I didn't like that, it was too close to the head. If they want to hit me, hit me below the waist. Don't throw at people's heads. Don't throw high and in.
"It was a crucial run (for us), but you know...
It looks like it's one lefty replacing another at Double-A Bowie.
With Zach Britton moving up to Triple-A Norfolk, lefty Rick Zagone will move up and join the Baysox from Frederick to make Wednesday night's start for Bowie.
Zagone is 5-6, 3.20 on the year with Frederick in 15 starts. He has pitched 78 2/3 innings, allowing 79 hits, including seven homers. He has walked 22 with 54 strikeouts and Carolina League hitters were batting .261 vs. him.
Zagone, a sixth-round draft pick in 2008...
The Orioles are trailing again and look rather listless tonight.
There is time to come back again, but one of these nights, they won't be able to.
According to Elias, the O's are the first Major League team to win four straight games while erasing a deficit of at least three or more runs in each game since Detroit did it in the first four games of its franchise history. That was April 25-28 of 1901. That is 1901.
That was even before blogging and texting.
Tonight the O's trail 2-0 as...
He wasn't with the Oakland A's that long, and then Jake Fox was traded from Oakland to the Orioles just eight days ago.
He was in the starting lineup vs. the A's for a time here yesterday, but then when Dallas Braden was scratched as Oakland starter, the Orioles changed thier lineup and Fox didn't start. He is not in tonight's starting lineup either.
But he will be in the dugout opposite the A's team he feels gave up on him too soon. If he gets in the game, he says it will be a...
In roster news from the minors today, Bowie has activated lefty pitcher Chad Thall from the temporary inactive list. He is 1-0, 4.32 in 12 Baysox games this season with five walks and 14 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings.
The Delmarva Shorebirds have put first baseman Tyler Stampone on the disabled list with a left hand injury and received IF Mike Mooney from the Gulf Coast League.
Stampone was batting .249-0-28 in 59 games and is second on the Delmarva club in RBI.
With Pat Egan and Zach...
If it seems like David Hernandez is getting better with each relief appearance, that may be the case.
Hernandez is 2-1, 2.13 with two saves in 11 relief outings. And, over his last three games, he has pitched no-hit ball over 3 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts.
Sunday, he entered the game with the Nats and blew away Josh Willingham and Roger Bernadina on eighth-inning strikeouts. He threw six pitches at these speeds: 94, 95, 95, 95, 97 and 94.
"I go out there and I don't really feel...
Former Orioles catcher and coach Rick Dempsey had his scheduled interview for the full-time managerial position postponed until Thursday.
The interview had initially been scheduled for this afternoon.
The interview has been moved to Peter Angelos' law office. The delay will allow certain members of the organization to attend who wouldn't have been available today.
If part of being a pitching prospect is learning to deal with adversity, than the 2010 season is becoming Brandon Erbe's personal classroom.
He and Kevin Millwood have something in common. They both made 14 starts this year without getting a win.
Millwood got the elusive first win in his 15th start. Erbe is not quite sure yet when his 15th start will take place.
A few days after his last start, June 20 vs. Toledo, he felt some right shoulder soreness and went on the disabled last Friday,...
It was a Monday of good news for O's pitching prospect Zach Britton.
First he was named the latest Eastern League pitcher of the week. Then, late Monday night, after a Baysox doubleheader, Britton got the word from O's director of player development John Stockstill that he was being promoted to Triple-A Norfolk.
He will join the Tides on Tuesday in Charlotte and is set to make his first start on Thursday in Norfolk against Charlotte.
"I was just sitting in the stands sweating. John...
Roster move in the minors: Righty Pat Egan, who has had a great year for Double-A Bowie, today moved up to Norfolk to join the Tides roster.
The 25-year-old Egan is 6-1, 2.12 with five saves. Over 46 2/3 innings, he has allowed 29 hits with seven walks to 25 strikeouts. Eastern League batters have hit just .177 vs. Egan. He was drafted in round 36 in 2006 out of Quinnipiac University.
Meanwhile, it has been a trying season for Baltimore native Brandon Erbe.
The right-hander remains...