Today, Camden Yards celebrated its 30th anniversary with some magical moments to mark the festivities. During a pre-game orange carpet ceremony, the staff honored former Orioles greats with footage of a few of the highlights of the final 30 years: Rick Sutcliffe’s April 6, 1992 full sport shutout to inaugurate the ballpark. The Chris Hoiles grand slam. Jeff Reboulet’s unbelievable house run against Randy Johnson to cap off the 1997 season. Rodrigo López’s snowy Opening Day begin in 2003. The Curse of the Andean. Cedric Mullins’ 30-30 season. Mike Mussina’s near-perfect sport. Eddie Murray’s 500th house run After that, Hall of Famers Murray and Mussina threw out the first pitch collectively. (In case you missed it, this is MASN footage of the entire ceremony.)
On prime of that, earlier than the sport Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson dropped by the locker room alongside Murray, telling the present crop, “I watch all the video games, and you have been thrilling the individuals of Baltimore.” Brooksie and Murray additionally dropped by the MASN sales space throughout the sport for a chat about how lovely Camden Yards is, the deserves of Mt. Walltimore (it evens up the enjoying subject, mentioned each Brooks and Ben McDonald), enjoyable instances consuming crabs, the hardest thrower Robinson ever confronted (Nolan Ryan), and some hitting recommendation from Murray (swing with 80% effort, not 100%, OK?).
It was particular to see these guys and get to share some recollections. I’m delighted to report that the on-field antics have been simply as good.
On the mound for Baltimore, immediately’s opener—can we begin calling him a starter now?—Austin Voth continued an unbelievable run of good pitching. Voth gave the Orioles 5 innings whereas permitting three runs, putting out 5, and strolling one. He virtually had a nice outing however needed to accept a good one. He sustained no injury till the fourth inning, however after surrendering a leadoff double to Ben Gamel he left up a excessive fastball to Oneil Cruz, who socked it into the Orioles’ bullpen. At the time, Cruz’s two-run homer reduce Baltimore’s result in one run.
Voth’s blunder harm a lot much less as a result of immediately the O’s did not waste their early scoring probabilities. The Birds kicked issues off in the first inning when Adley Rutschman singled up the center on a JT Brubaker fastball, Ryan Mountcastle appropriately ID’d a breaking ball for a single of his personal, and The Unbreakable Terrin Vavra, who entered Saturday with a . 611 OBP, singled in a run.
The subsequent inning, the Orioles scored two extra courtesy of the very backside of the order. As Rougned Odor strode to the plate in the second inning, Ben McDonald identified that the light-hitting 2B had had a nice batting apply immediately. Sure sufficient, Odor doubled. A wild pitch despatched him to 3rd, and Jorge Mateo drove him in with a single.
Up subsequent? Oh no, it is Brett Phillips! Why is he on this staff? Well, disgrace on the haters! Phillips blasted a sinker out to heart subject, lacking a house run by inches. He settled for a run-scoring double, and the Orioles settled for 2 runs that inning, as Phillips and Adley (he walked; it is what he does) have been left stranded on the basepaths after Santander flew out and Mountcastle and Mullins whiffed (the second time Mullins struck out against Brubaker after lacking a flag court docket house run by inches).
Now, I do not wish to carry round a cloud to rain on a nice day, but when there’s one destructive to be taken from immediately, it is that the Orioles continued to suck at hitting with runners in scoring place. They left 12 runners on base. Rutschman, for example, reached 3 times (we’re spoiled, individuals) however solely scored as soon as.
Today, nevertheless, 3-for-13 with RISP was ok. One of the largest of them got here in the fifth inning, when Pittsburgh pulled Brubaker and put in lefty reliever Eric Stout. Ramón Urías doubled and, with two outs, Jorge Mateo was hit by a pitch. Facing a lefty, supervisor Brandon Hyde summoned Ryan McKenna to pinch hit. (Apparently McKenna and Brett Phillips will likely be handled as mirror pictures of one another now.)
Well, the super-sub delivered possibly the largest hit of the sport, a two-out double to left that scored Urías and the speedy Mateo from first. “(*2*)Did somebody order a McDouble?” quipped Orioles Twitter. Alright, Orioles social media staff, that is fairly good. Fear the McKenna!!!
A 5-2 lead turned a little nearer when supervisor Brandon Hyde determined to belief Austin Voth with going through a few extra hitters in the sixth. It turned out to not be a nice name. Voth surrendered a double and a single, giving the Pirates their third run. It’s obtained to be mentioned, although, that Voth had the hook working, and he was environment friendly immediately. Five strikeouts and five-plus innings on 75 pitches from a man who began with this staff on a particularly quick leash? Brandon Hyde needs to be happy with that.
The Orioles have the highest constructive run differential in innings 7-9 of any staff in baseball proper now. We noticed that immediately, as the Birds plated a sixth and useful insurance coverage run in the seventh inning on a Rougned Odor stroll (his second of the day!), stolen base (his second of the 12 months!), a good sac bunt from McKenna and a Mullins sac fly. After that, it was simply one other good day at the workplace from the back-end relievers, plus some extra spotlight reel protection.
Keegan Akin obtained three fast outs to conclude the sixth. Joey Krehbiel adopted with a three-up, three-down inning of his personal. Nick Vespi changed Krehbiel in the eighth, exhibiting a little rust when he walked a batter, however he drew a floor ball towards Jorge Mateo, and you understand what which means! Mateo made a good diving cease and flipped the ball from his stomach to Odor, who turned yet one more nasty double play.
With two outs in the ninth, 41,086 rose to their toes to assist Dillon Tate shut issues out with a loud “Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh” chant. It felt like the playoff years of ’14-16. Tate had his great things immediately: he whiffed Michael Chavis to finish the sport.
Five straight wins, and 21 of their final 28. Brooks Robinson is true in spite of everything. This staff is thrilling proper now.
Who was the Most Birdland Player on August 6?
Austin Voth (5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, BB, 5 SO)
Jorge Mateo (1-for-2, 2 R, RBI, BB, ninja eighth-inning double-play)
Ryan McKenna (1-for-2, two-run double off the bench)
Rougned Odor (1-for-2, 2 R, 2 BB, SB, 2 R)
Adley Rutschman (2-for-3, R, 2 BB, cannot cease reaching base)
132 votes in whole