As the Orioles search for a top executive stretches on, the work former Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington did in building the 2018 World Series champion should stand out for how he ran a complete organization before his dismissal.
Boston manager Alex Cora pulled starting pitcher Rick Porcello out of a solid performance after just 4 1/3 innings, a move that came back to haunt the Red Sox in the longest game in World Series history.
Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman pitched a rare immaculate inning en route to eight solid frames Monday night, but still lost, 2-1, to the Cleveland Indians because of his one mistake and the team's fruitless offense.
Will the game remember Zach Britton for the 47 saves in 47 chances, the 0.54 ERA in 67 innings over 69 games, or his exclusion from the top three vote-getters for the American League Cy Young Award and the immediate — maybe long-term — shift in relief pitching philosophy that was the defining storyline of the playoffs after Showalter didn't use him?
It took until mid-September for the Orioles to post three series wins on the same road trip, but that’s what they did over the past nine games with their 1-0 win over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night.