No one will ever convince me that the return of winning baseball to Baltimore was not significantly aided by Buck Showalter becoming the manager of the Orioles. From almost the moment he arrived, his Orioles teams started overachieving relative to their preseason expectations. From 2012 onward, this trend has continued, even in years where they didn’t make the postseason. Another thing that’s true about Showalter is that he knows more about the particular ins and outs of this Orioles team, and managing baseball teams in general, than you or I ever will. With that established, no one is infallible. The wild card game decision that shall not be named remains a monument of proof for that. More immediately,
Norfolk Tides 4, Toledo (Tigers) 3 (12 innings) It took them a while, but the Tides were eventually able to convert a leadoff double from Drew Dosch in the 12th inning into a walkoff sacrifice fly for a win. The Tides used just four pitchers over the 12 innings of the game, with starter Gabriel Ynoa going seven. Ynoa allowed three runs on five hits and struck out five without walking a batter. Relievers Andrew Faulkner, Donnie Hart, and Jimmy Yacabonis combined to hold the Mud Hens scoreless for the rest of the game. Hart and Yacabonis each pitched two innings and struck out three batters apiece. There wasn’t a whole lot going on at the plate for the Tides, as they only had nine hits in the game’s
Originally posted on MASN | Last updated 8/20/17 Jonathan Schoop emphasized that the Orioles need to string together wins following a 5-1 loss to the Angels.