Showalter said the club is considering a bullpen move before the game. One possibility is optioning left-hander T.J. McFarland, who walked the only batter he faced tonight and has walked four in 4 1/3 innings this month.
Tyler Wilson is scheduled to start Sunday for Triple-A Norfolk and Showalter hinted that he needed to have a starter here tonight in case Wright was used in relief. I’m just trying to connect the dots.
The Orioles have won six in a row, including tonight’s 9-4 victory before 38,909 at Camden Yards. They haven’t won seven in a row since 2005.
Hard to believe, right?
The Orioles (31-30) have moved above .500 for the first time since May 3. Their bullpen has allowed one run in 19 1/3 innings on this homestand, with Chaz Roe winning twice.
Here’s more from Showalter:
On the bullpen and Steve Pearce’s throw to third base to force Mark Teixeira: “It’s been huge for us. Once again, we haven’t had to make many changes in the middle of an inning. I thought the play by Stevie throwing the ball to third base is one of the plays you’ve really got to think about before it happens. It takes the third baseman, communication, being there because he was shifted over, so you’ve got to be moving that way when it’s hit over there. But Chaz was probably the difference tonight. That was pretty impressive.”
On whether a long fifth inning took away Bud Norris’ rhythm after he retired 11 in a row: “I bet he’s glad we had a long inning and scored some runs. If you’re looking for something you’ve got to say, ‘Why?’ ... Chaz had a real long inning and went out and pitched real well. He kind of liked the runs that were scored.”
More on Roe: “What happened is we’re going to pass the load around. We’re not going to put anybody in harm’s way. You find out things about people. When you’re in the situation we’re in with the six-man, it’s every man on board. So through that sometimes you find an orchid while searching for a rose. I tried not to use that this year, but it’s out there. But that’s what happens when you keep passing the load around. These guys were the best pitchers at the level they left. It’s just a matter of kind of getting on a roll and knowing that ... He knew we were kind of on him in the spring. He brought a lot of things that you look for.”
On how the team has won six in a row: “There’s no one phase of the game overpowers it. You’ve got to be doing a lot of things well. There’s a good crispness to our defense and guys are very alert to try to do things. You know that the teams you play, you’ve got to be on top of your game because there’s a big inning around every corner for them if you don’t stay on top of things. And balls that stay in the park, you better try to do some things. It’s not easy. We don’t strike a whole lot of people out, but I think it gives our guys some confidence.”
On the attitude when the Orioles were six games under .500: “It’s never too early to play better baseball. It’s not one of those things were you say, ‘It’s just one of those things you’ve got to go through.’ I don’t live in that world. Let’s correct it today, yesterday. It’s about living in the moment, in today. You want to get better at something every day and the guys are getting a return for their attention to those things.”
On embracing the concept of coming back from six under: “It’s not something that went away and came back. It’s there. Sometime the other team is pretty good, too. Houston is a good team. Who knows where all these teams are going to end up? Somebody that beat you that you didn’t think was good might win their division. It’s too early to be able to say...
On totaling 20 runs and 31 hits in the past two games: “I think it’s got something to do with (hitting coach) Scott Coolbaugh’s birthday. We haven’t hit much outside of the last two days. We thought it was kind of counterproductive with the heat. Sometime you can want something too much. Guys are in a little bit of a flow. You’ve got a lot of different guys contributing.
On Nolan Reimold, who homered and tripled: “I feel good for him regardless. I thought when he had the home run and the triple he might have a shot at something. He’s in a moment. He’s not thinking about this or that. He’s just taking every at-bat as it comes. Not that he didn’t appreciate it before. He knows the road to get back there. He had a lot of faith in us, too. He had the opportunity to go to other places.”
On pinch-hitting David Lough, who homered, for Delmon Young: “He was going to play defense that inning anyway and I thought David had been too long without an at-bat. I think you can’t let a guy sit too long. I didn’t know he was going to hit a home run. That was cool.”
On whether he’s considering a bullpen change: “Yes, we are. Obviously, we had to have the possibility of having somebody in case Mike pitched tonight. We knew McFarland was going to pitch before him. Mike was real close to being in that game. We’ll see whether or not we want to do something.”
On struggling left-hander CC Sabathia: “He’s going to pitch well and keep his team in the game. I expect him to get better and better as the season goes on and next year. Don’t you ever count him out. He’s got a real competitive heart.”