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 called up Chris Tillman from Norfolk to make the Fourth of July start in Seattle Wednesday, hoping he’d piece together a solid enough start to rest some of the arms in the bullpen and save them for the upcoming Angels series.
Wei-Yin Chen was perfection through 6.1 innings in Seattle Tuesday night.
The Orioles held a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh. It would be gone before the top of the eighth.
Matusz (L, 5-10) was touched for seven hits, two of which were home runs, three walks , and five runs in just four-plus innings, as the birds dropped the finale of the four-game series with Cleveland, 6-2.
Much of the chatter around the ballpark Saturday centered around Weaver, and the birds’ acquisition of veteran DH Jim Thome. And, why not? It’s not as if the home team gave the fans a lot to cheer about.
Before Friday, the last time the Orioles beat an opponent that scored at least eight runs against them without going into extra innings, Jake Arrieta was their starting (and winning) pitcher, and they beat the Indians.
The Orioles find themselves in a troubling position after Thursday’s series opener against Cleveland. Both of their reliable starters have pitched poorly on back-to-back nights for the first time all year, and now they’re forced to depend on three others (including one who’s started just one game in the majors this season) to right a rapidly sinking ship in the next three games.
Jason Hammel has been the one guy the Orioles can hand the ball to and know, no matter what happened last night, or for the last two nights, or for the last week, good results are coming tonight. Wednesday night at Camden Yards, the wheels came off of the Orioles most reliable chariot, and the birds were embarrassed by the Angels, 13-1.
Orioles fans can only hope Brian Matusz catches this many breaks when he’s actually pitching well. The young left hander gave up a career-high 13 hits in 5-plus innings to the Angels Tuesday night at Camden yards.
For the Orioles Sunday at Camden Yards, it was more of the same: eight runners left on, 0-6 with runners in scoring position, many opportunities squandered, and a starting pitcher who, even after giving up just 1 run, had to pin his hopes on a no-decision.