Yesterday was a big day in the baseball community.  The Major League trade deadline came and went and the Orioles made a couple of trades.  Trades that nobody could have expected.  While I want to talk about the trades, I am going to hold off and provide more content on the issue in an article later today.  I am sure you are asking, “if he is not talking about the trades, what the hell is he going to write about?”  Well, let’s get started.

The Orioles

  • If you missed last night’s 2-1 Orioles victory, you missed a good one.  With a playoff atmosphere in the air, the game came down to the bottom of the ninth and the likeliest of heroes….Craig Gentry.  Hitting with a 1-2 count and an at bat that looked like it was sending the game into extras, Gentry lined a single up the middle bringing home Caleb Joseph.  It was a fun moment to watch as Gentry fist pumped running to first only to be followed by his teammates and the barrage of water headed for him.  Congrats to him as he has spent most the season in a struggle with his batting average and a place to call home, bouncing back and forth between the big club and Triple-A.

 

  • Another highlight of the victory was the pitching duel that took place between Danny Duffy of the Royals and our own, Ubaldo Jimenez.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Both threw seven strong innings, looking unhittable for most of the evening.  It has been amazing to see the Orioles pitcher start to bounce back after what has been an atrocious year collectively.  If this staff can gain any sort of consistency down the home stretch then who knows?  I still find it hard to believe that the Orioles will close a 6.5 game gap and leap frog over three teams.  However, that wild card could very much be in play as one of the teams we are chasing….the Kansas City Royals.

 

  • The quirky segment of this recap comes to us from last night’s top of the ninth.  With Zach Britton on the mound and no outs, Melky Cabrera grounded a ball to third baseman, Manny Machado, pretty standard right?  Not so fast, Machado threw the ball so hard over to first base that it literally went through Chris Davis’ mit.  Right through the damn thing.  If I knew how to put video clips up here yet, you would have one, but let’s just call it a work in progress.

 

Around the MLB

  • Outside of the MLB, it was a pretty quiet day.  Even within the league, while there were a few big trades, it was not the lightening bolt of action some experts predicted.  The feature trades were for both starters Yu Darvish, who was dealt from the Texas Rangers to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Sonny Gray, who moved from the Oakland Athletics to the New York Yankees.  Obviously, the latter is more important to O’s fans as we will see Mr. Gray on the hump more often this season.  In other trade news that will have Orioles fans attention, the Red Sox attempted to sure up the back end of their bullpen by adding Addison Reed and the Blue Jays said goodbye to Francisco Liriano and exchanged him for Nori Aoki.