Baltimore 9, Kansas City 2
Box Score / Play-By-Play / AP Recap
The Royals had a nightmare in the fourth inning. The Orioles were able to score eight runs in the fourth inning off four singles, three walks, two doubles, a wild pitch, and an error. It is quite the accomplishment to be able to string together all of those events to score a lot of runs. The Orioles now stand at 23-24, a half game from .500 and in last place in the AL East. If they were in the AL West, they record would put them a game behind first place. It certainly has been a strange year with the run environment and the tightness of the divisions.
Stat of the game
The number of runners the Orioles left on base.
Orioles Game ball
Adam Jones (2-4, 2B (10))
MiLB game balls
Norfolk (NA) - No Games Scheduled
Bowie (Box) - LJ Hoes, RF (2-4, 2B (2))
Frederick (Box) - Bobby Stevens (3-5, 2B (5))
Delmarva (Box) - Tim Berry (5 IP, 2 H, 1 RA, 6 K, 5 BB)
Three Morning Links
Yesterday, the Orioles had their pictures taken for the new animal rescue calendar. Buck has four basset hounds. Yes, I give you only the most pertinent news stories.
LJ Hoes gives an interview about his promotion to Bowie and him transitioning over to the outfield. At the moment, it sounds like a need for his transitioning, but it might be that they have given up on making him a second baseman. That would make it more difficult for him to be a regular.
After being let go by the Orioles as a batting practice pitcher due to needing an additional southpaw, Tom Vaeth taught himself to throw from both sides. He is now gainfully employed as a coach in Winnipeg.
Baltimore will go for the sweep today before heading out for a West Coast swing. Jeremy Guthrie (88 ERA-, 108 FIP-, 4.01 xFIP) takes the mound against reclamation project Jeff Francis (108 ERA-, 94 FIP-, 3.59 xFIP).