Hello, Camden Chatters.
You know the legend goes that if you close your eyes and listen to the wind whistling through Camden Yards you can hear the slightest whisper in Robert Andino’s voice when he says his immortal words to Red Sox fans.
That Andean magic was alive and well in Baltimore this week, 10 years after the utility man became an unforgettable name in Birdland. While Andino’s great success in that epic 2011 final officially knocked Boston out of the playoffs, this year’s version of the Red Sox isn’t quite dead yet, with three games left in Washington. But they waver. They collapse. And again, you can thank the Orioles, who just won two of three games in a must-see series for the Sox that they probably expected to be fun. Tyler Young recapped the last breathtaking Orioles win. It was fun.
With the loss, the Sox fell to a tie with the upstart Seattle sailors for second place Wild Card. The M’s, who did not play yesterday, were surely watching the O game with extreme interest, and the Birds delivered a masterful victory to help their colleagues across the country. The Mariners now have a chance to end their 19-year playoff drought, the longest of four major pro sports, if they do business against the Angels this weekend and / or the Sox fail. in Washington. chaos on our hands.
Kudos to the Orioles for making it possible. And they haven’t finished playing meaningful games. After completing their home roster for 2021 last night – finishing with a 27-54 record at Camden Yards – they travel to Toronto for the final three games of the season. The Blue Jays come into play tonight with just one Sox and M’s game for the second Wild Card. Like the Red Sox, they will be desperate for a few wins against the Orioles. But, after what the O’s just did to the Sox, the Jays know better that they shouldn’t be taken lightly.
It will be a wild last weekend of the season, one way or another. I’m so here for it.
Homers of Mountcastle, Wells was handling O’s take streak – Steve Melewski
Melewski recaps the Orioles’ hit streak, including the fact that three left-handed O rookie starters limited the Sox to just three earned runs. I wish these guys had pitched well all year round, but hey, better late than never.
Elias on technical staff, starting pitchers, free agents and more – School of Roch
Yesterday the Orioles general manager spoke to the media about virtually any topic that interests you. I always love to hear his thoughts, even though he is an expert at saying a lot of words without giving specific details of his plans.
As another 100-loss season draws to a close, the Orioles view the premier farming system as a source of pride and promise – Baltimore Sun
Better days are ahead, folks. Even though we had to sit through a lot of crappy baseball while we waited.
Red Sox 2, Orioles 6: It Can’t Happen – Over the Monster
How are our colleagues at SBN’s Red Sox site handling things right now? …Oh.
Birthdays and History of the Orioles
Is it your birthday today? Happy birthday! And let’s all wish Cedric Mullins a very happy 27th birthday as he wraps up one of the most incredible individual seasons in Orioles history. Mullins last week became the very first Oriole to score 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a single year, and earlier this week was unanimously voted the most valuable Oriole of 2021. He will also be considered. during the vote of the MVP of the AL. Happy birthday, Cedric. Thanks for giving fans a fun reason to watch the Orioles this year, and I hope you will be a mainstay for taking on the O teams in the near future.
Former Orioles born on this day include right-hander Mitch Atkins (36), southpaw Chuck McElroy (54) and the late outfielder Bob Boyd (born 1919, died 2004).
The O’s have played two playoff games so far in history, and both have come off in a resounding fashion. In 1996, the Orioles defeated heavily favored Cleveland, 10-4, in the Division Series opener. In front of nearly 48,000 fans at Camden Yards, the O’s took an early lead over a Brady Anderson homerun and BJ Surhoff in the second inning, then put the game on the sidelines with a five-run sixth inning topped by a Bobby Bonilla Grand Slam. Surhoff added a second home run for good measure. David Wells pitched the seventh for the Orioles, and four relievers combined for 2.1 scoreless innings to finish.
In 1997, the O’s again took a 1-0 lead in the Division series, this time against the Mariners in Seattle. The Birds went on to own M ace and Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, whom they had already beaten twice that year. Orioles manager Davey Johnson unconventionally stacked his roster with right-handed people by putting in some of his biggest stars – including Rafael Palmeiro, Roberto Alomar and Surhoff – and it worked, with the O’s totaling five points against the Big Unit, including a circuit by Geronimo Berroa. Mike Mussina worked seven solid innings, limiting the Mariners to two runs in a 9-3 victory.
Among the notable regular season games to date, the Orioles won a game against the Tigers in 1969 to send them to the playoffs on a high note. Mark Belanger’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th made Jim Palmer the winner, who worked all 10 frames and allowed just one point, finishing with a 16-4 record. The Orioles, who had long won the division title, ended their regular season with a 109-53 record, still the best in franchise history.