The Orioles were one out away from a doubleheader sweep Wednesday night when Yonder Alonso's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Chicago White Sox a 7-6 win in the second game at Guaranteed Rate Field.
In an Orioles bullpen that has faced plenty of turnover one month into the 2019 campaign, Sunday marked perhaps a record day of change. Excluding the three position players manager Brandon Hyde has sent to the mound, the Orioles have deployed 18 relief pitchers this season, the most in baseball.
Although the Orioles will start left-hander John Means in place of right-hander David Hess on Monday against the Chicago White Sox, Hess sees his potential use as a reliever for the time being as a chance to make an impact.
The Orioles entered this weekend’s series with the Minnesota Twins with the worst staff ERA in baseball. The team’s young pitching staff is required to put together competitive outings while learning how to, and how not to, pitch in the major leagues throughout them.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde announced Friday that right-hander David Hess would be available out of the bullpen as the team opened a rotation spot for Means, who will pitch during the upcoming series at the Chicago White Sox.
A review reversed umpire Chad Fairchild’s assertion that a down-and-in slider from White Sox right-hander Ervin Santana had plunked Orioles right fielder Stevie Wilkerson. It took only three pitches for Wilkerson to make Santana wish it had, hitting his first major league home run.
Orioles outfielders Dwight Smith Jr. and Trey Mancini made a series of highlight-reel catches in Tuesday night's 9-1 win over the Chicago White Sox, showing that the team's outfield defense is far better than it has been in recent years.
The ball continued to fly out of Oriole Park on Tuesday night, but unlike the previous 11 games here, the home team provided the power, with the Orioles blasting four home runs in their 9-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
As Orioles relievers Miguel Castro and Tanner Scott look to put Monday's struggles behind them, manager Brandon Hyde and his coaching staff have to help players improve and focus on development while ensuring that the results matter, too.
A White Sox farmhand from 1997 to 2000, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde retains familiarity with the organization, including spending one season as current White Sox manager Rick Renteria's bench coach with the Cubs in 2014.
For four innings Monday night at Camden Yards against the Chicago White Sox, it seemed as if Orioles right-hander David Hess had rediscovered whatever he had working for him on the month’s first day in Toronto. The fifth frame, though, looked more like the three weeks since.
The Orioles took pregame bunting practice ahead of Monday's series opener with the Chicago White Sox and attempted three in a scoreless fourth inning that illustrated the chasm between their player-development focus and winning at the major league level.
"The way he prepares, the way he sees the game, he seems to be two steps ahead of the next guy across the way in the other dugout," pitching coach Reid Cornelius said of his former boss, reported Orioles manager Brandon Hyde.
The Orioles and their fans sure aren’t embracing the triple-digit milestone that was bearing down on them like a fastball — 100 losses. And the club reached that plateau with a loss to the Rays on Friday
Aberdeen IronBirds fans enjoy their time at the ballpark Friday for the team's final regular season home game of 2018, despite rainy and the game's eventual cancellation. There was the added bonus of being able to see the Baltimore Orioles 1983 World Series trophy and meet four former Orioles.