Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman said the stat line from his last start didn't tell the entire story of how he pitched in Friday's 8-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Gausman, 24, was charged with six runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings, allowing the second-most runs in his seven big league starts this season.
The struggles of right-hander Miguel Gonzalez don't seem to be going away, and though he says he's healthy and confident, the results have been problematic since he returned from a groin strain in late June.
The Orioles (56-54) have dropped three games behind the Angels (59-51) for the second American League wild card and remain five games behind the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East. The Orioles head to Seattle for the last leg of their three-city West Coast swing with a 3-3 record on this trip.
Keep in mind Buck Showalter once ordered an intentional walk to Barry Bonds with the bases loaded, so the decision on Sunday to walk Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to load the bases with two outs in the 11th inning shouldn't have shocked anyone. That doesn't mean I agree with it.
Sometimes you need a little luck to make the postseason. And as the Orioles battle for a playoff spot with the final third of the season getting under way, it seems they have developed a knack for missing opposing teams' aces.
The Orioles were hoping they were getting to Anaheim at just the right time, since the Angels entered the series in a 3-10 slump. Of course, the trouble with slumping teams is that they have to break out at some point.
Orioles were hoping they'd get right-hander Chris Tillman back on the mound Friday against the Los Angeles Angels. The best-case scenario now is that Tillman returns from a sprained left ankle in time for Sunday's series finale in Anaheim, not far from where he grew up. If not there, he'll likely start Monday's opener in Seattle against the Mariners, the club that drafted him in 2006.
Orioles reliever Darren O'Day didn't pitch in Tuesday's All Star Game, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have an on-field moment worth crowing about. "I robbed a home run at the wall in batting practice," said O'Day, who said he shagged a would-be homer by Los Angeles Angels outfielder Albert Pujols. "That was one of my goals."
Mike Wright was nothing short of brilliant, mixing in a 97-mph fastball, with a low-90s sinker, and a sharp slider and curve to help the Orioles (16-19) avoid a sweep in a three-game series against the Angels (19-18).
The Orioles certainly would have a better, deeper bullpen if they had ponied up the $40 million or so it would have taken to re-sign reliever Andrew Miller. But you have to look beyond his near-perfect performance with the Yankees to evaluate the decision to let him get out of Baltimore.
The Orioles had been stuck in a strange offensive pattern in the last week: Three separate times they scored five runs or more in one game only to follow it up with two runs or fewer the next contest. They broke that up-down trend Saturday night, but not in a good way, losing 6-1 to the Los Angeles Angels before an announced 29,102.
Ultimately, the Los Angeles Angels won, 3-1, in a tremendous pitchers' duel between two guys who like to throw strikes — and lots of them. Angels right-hander Jered Weaver and Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen kept the offense to a minimum in a game that lasted just 2 hours, 23 minutes.
Orioles outfielder Alejandro De Aza had heard the horror stories about how arbitration hearings go -- when the team you're about to play for breaks down each of your flaws in an effort to win the case.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter was selected Tuesday night as the Baseball Writers' Association of America's American League Manager of the Year for the third time in his 16-year career, winning the honor in a landslide.
A day after Orioles manager Buck Showalter finished second in the Sporting News' American League Manager of the Year voting, none of the team's players were selected for the publication's AL All-Star team.
It's possible that the Kansas City Royals will go into the American League Championship Series against the Orioles with the same 25-man roster, including 11 pitchers, they used to sweep the Los Angeles Angels in the Division Series.
The Orioles just toppled two Cy Young Award winners to move to the threshold of the American League Championship Series and the Wild-Card Kansas City Royals have turned baseball convention on its head to win three straight extra-inning games, the last two to push the winningest team in baseball, the Los Angeles Angels, to the brink of elimination.