telling story from Buster Olney regarding Adam Jones and the
[A]fter the Orioles lost an early
lead on Sunday in San Diego and wound up
getting crushed 9-4, sources say that Baltimore center fielder Adam
Jones directly lobbied for his first-inning bouncer to be changed
from an error to a hit. The scoring on the play was changed,
hours after the fact, and Jones got his hit, but for a player to make a
direct appeal — especially in the aftermath of a one-sided lost —
isn’t exactly conventional.
Some of you may remember
Jones’ mom reads this blog. Well, at least she does when we talk
about Jones. On the off chance that she’s Googling her son again, allow
me to make an appeal: Mrs. Bradley, please, call your son and tell him
to knock that stuff off. Thanks.
If the Jones story is at all
typical of what’s going on in the Orioles’ clubhouse, it further
convinces me that the Orioles need to hire some kickass manager in order
to change some attitudes. I’ve joked about Wally Backman in light of
the video of that tantrum he threw making the rounds, but maybe it’s
less funny than it first seemed.
Angels DH Albert Pujols passed Mark McGwire for sole possession of 10th place on baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard, slugging his 584th career home run in the first inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Blue Jays.
Mike Trout had already slugged a solo home run off of Jays starter Marco Estrada to bring Pujols to the dish. Pujols jumped on an 0-1 cut fastball, sending it out to left-center field, clearing the fence by a few feet.
Pujols, who finished 4-for-4 with the homer and an RBI double, is batting .257/.321/.441 with 24 home runs and 99 RBI on the year. His next target on the home run leaderboard is Frank Robinson at 586.
Orioles closer Zach Britton had appeared in a major league record 43 consecutive games without allowing an earned run, spanning May 5 to August 22. That streak came to an end on Wednesday evening against the Nationals.
The Orioles entered the bottom of the ninth inning holding a 10-3 lead, but reliever Parker Bridwell immediately found himself in hot water. He yielded back-to-back singles to Danny Espinosa and Clint Robinson. He was able to strike out Trea Turner, but walked Jayson Werth to load the bases. Daniel Murphy then crushed his first career grand slam to make it a 10-7 game. That prompted manager Buck Showalter to bring in Britton.
Britton, too, was knocked around. He served up a single to Bryce Harper, followed by a double to Anthony Rendon that scored Harper, pushing the score to 10-8 and ending Britton’s streak. Wilson Ramos reached on a fielder’s choice back to Britton, but the lefty finally finished the game by getting Ryan Zimmerman to ground into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.
Britton now holds a nice 0.69 ERA with 38 saves and a 61/16 K/BB ratio in 52 innings of work this season.