Ryan Flaherty realizes he earns his paychecks with his glove, and the Orioles utility man takes pride in making a difference with his defense. Flaherty does, however, have some pop in his bat, as he displayed Tuesday when he hit a 96-mph, full-count pitch from Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura onto Eutaw Street and off the Warehouse on a bounce in the Orioles' 9-1 win over Kansas City. He made his first homer of the season a memorable one, a 446-foot blast that will eventually get a plaque on Eutaw
But the Orioles' faint postseason hopes died with their 3-2 10 inning loss combined with the Cleveland Indians' 5-4 walkoff win over the Chicago White Sox. It was the sixth consecutive loss for the Orioles, tying a season high.
Chris Tillman pitched seven innings in a 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays and, in doing so, surpassed 200 innings pitched for the season - a milestone that only four other Orioles have reached in the last 12 years.
In a game that featured the top two home-run hitting teams in the majors, the Orioles blasted Toronto left-hander Mark Buehrle for three homers, including Adam Jones¿ three-run blast, to give the Orioles a 8-5 win over the Blue Jays in Friday night¿s series opener in front of an announced 42,660 at Camden Yards.
Closer Jim Johnson blew his fourth save in his past five opportunities, allowing four runs, four hits and a walk in the inning as the Orioles were unable to preserve a three-run ninth-inning lead with a 6-5 loss to the Blue Jays.
As the competition for the Orioles' fifth rotation spot begins to heat up, right-hander Jake Arrieta made his case Saturday afternoon, throwing 4 2/3 shutout innings in a 3-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
Nolan Reimold hadn't yet faced an opposing pitcher in 10 months heading into Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Toronto Blue Jays. But Orioles manager Buck Showalter had already noticed the progress Reimold made this spring after season-ending neck surgery last year.