Looking back and ahead

I haven’t seen a replay of the Orioles scoring the go-ahead run in the sixth inning last night, but I still find it hard to believe that Paul Konerko didn’t step on first base before throwing home. It sure looked like he did, but he insisted that he stopped and umpire Brian O’Nora agreed.

As I wrote last night, it doesn’t change a whole lot except for how the official scorer reports it. Matt Wieters would have been out 3-unassisted, which is what I wrote on my sheet. I’m not sure if it remains the same when we’re dealing with a fielder’s choice, safe at home, and the runner called out for not continuing to the bag.


Wieters obviously thought that Konerko stepped on first or he would have kept running. I don’t remember if O’Nora initially gave a signal. At that point, I’m redirecting my focus to home plate while also wondering why Konerko raced to the bag.

Four of the seven games on the homestand were decided in the eighth inning or later. The Orioles are 21-16 in one-run games this season, including 16-4 at home. They improved their Monday record to 1-8.

Buck Showalter has tied Earl Weaver for the best seven-game start in franchise history. However, he’s not taking all the credit, and he’s careful to make sure that his predecessors aren’t viewed in a harsh light.

“I’ve got some bullets that other people didn’t have, Robby (Brian Roberts) being there and (Felix) Pie healthy and Luke (Scott’s) out there pretty consistently, so I understand that we’re playing with a few more bullets than where we were,” Showalter said.

I’m still getting used to Showalter’s nicknames for his players. Robby and Patty are new ones. In fact, when one reporter referred to B-Rob recently, Showalter replied, “Who?”

The Orioles are taking their act on the road, starting in Cleveland, where they’re 18-46 at Progressive Field (I liked it better when it was “The Jake.”)

Does anyone remember when Chris Richard matched the club record with 13 total bases in a Sept. 3, 2000 game?

Kenny Lofton stole five bases that day and hit a walk-off home run in the 13th inning in the Indians’ 12-11 victory.

The starters have posted a 1.89 ERA in the last seven games. Now it’s Jake Arrieta’s turn, and he’ll be facing the Indians for the first time - but not at “The Jake.”

Cleveland starter Justin Masterson is 2-2 with a 5.92 ERA lifetime against the Orioles. Nick Markakis is 1-for-11 against him, but Luke Scott is 5-for-10 with two doubles and three RBIs. Corey Patterson is 3-for-3 and Ty Wigginton is 3-for-8.

As a reminder of how fickle this game can be, the Mariners fired Don Wakamatsu one season after he was deemed a worthy Manager of the Year candidate by keeping his team above .500 after it lost 101 games in 2008. The Mariners were the 13th team in major league history to post a winning record following a 100-loss season.

Wakamatsu was Showalter’s bench coach in Texas and managed two games while Showalter was in the hospital with an irregular heartbeat caused by dehydration. Maybe he’ll resurface in Baltimore.

Just in case, I’ve been practicing the spelling of “Wakamatsu” since yesterday.

By the way, I’ve noted the irony that Showalter keeps reminding Josh Bell to stay hydrated.

If you want to play a new drinking game, tune into the post-game press conference on MASN and check out how many times someone asks Showalter a non-game related question, which goes against every unwritten rule in the book when the room is filled with reporters on deadline.

Just be aware that it won’t happen on the road because you only have a few beat writers traveling with the team. The nonsense kicks into high gear at home.

“How are you holding up physically” was good for one shot last night.

I was waiting for someone else to ask, “Where do you buy your shoes?”

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