Bob joined Orioles Nation in May 2012. He grew up a fan of the Orioles, Washington Bullets, and Dallas Cowboys. He graduated from North Carroll High School in Hampstead in 1986, wanting to be the Orioles shortstop. Since that position was occupied, Bob went into radio and spent 20 years on the air in Baltimore, Harrisburg, and York, PA. He currently lives in Savannah, Georgia, where he handles the public address duties for the Savannah Sand Gnats, low-A affiliate of the New York Mets. He handles game recaps for ON.
The Orioles continued their woeful week with a 3-1 loss to the Nationals at home Saturday.
Jason Hammel throws a gem to move the Orioles back on their winning ways
The consecutive scoreless streak reached 28 innings when the Orioles finally broke through in the eighth, on a 2-run homer off of Wilson Betemit’s bat.
After falling to R.A. Dickey and the Mets 5-0 Monday, Johan Santana (W, 5-3) handcuffed the birds, who fell to the Mets again by the same score.
The Orioles came up against one of baseball’s best pitcher Monday night in New York, and 37-year old R. A. Dickey did to them what the birds did to the Atlanta Braves over the weekend: totally grinded their offense to a complete halt.
One day after watching teammate Jason Hammel 1-hit the Braves, Wei-Yin Chen (W, 7-2) took the mound for the Orioles, and took his turn stifling the Atlanta lineup.
There were several things Jason Hammel had never done entering his start in Atlanta Saturday night. In five career starts, he’d never beaten the Braves.
Through 5 innings Friday in Atlanta, Orioles starter Brian Matusz had given up 5 hits (including 3 for extra bases) and 3 walks, but just 1 run. 5 strikeouts and a perfectly timed double play helped Matusz escape one jam after another. Then came the 6th.
It’s hard to tell what to take away from Jake Arrieta’s start against the Pirates Wednesday night at Camden Yards. Did the schedule/injury gods have mercy on him, handing him the worst offense in the game to face in a surprise return to the rotation?