With his club trailing 1-0 with one out and one on in the ninth inning against Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, Orioles outfielder Adam Jones hit a two-run home run into the bullpen in left field to put the Orioles ahead. O’s closer Jim Johnson, baseball’s leader in blown saves, came on in the bottom half of the inning and retired the Yankees in order for the save.
The blown save was just the second of the season for Rivera and it snapped a streak of 41 consecutive saves at home. His ERA jumped 50 points, from 1.39 to 1.89. The home run was Jones’ 16th and he pushed his RBI total to 61, tying him with David Ortiz for the sixth-most RBI in the American League Both Jones and Rivera were named to the AL All-Star roster yesterday.
Orioles DH Mark Trumbo drilled a two-run home run to left-center field off of reliever Ben Heller in the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Yankees. In doing so, he became the first player to reach the 40-homer plateau this season.
Trumbo finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. Along with the 40 dingers, he’s hitting .257/.317/.541 with 96 RBI. He has already set a career-high in homers and is four RBI away from tying his career high in that regard.
Trumbo is eligible for free agency after the season. Needless to say, his performance in 2016 bodes well for his ability to secure a hefty contract.
Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported on Sunday that Pirates starter Gerrit Cole was scratched from Monday’s start against the Cubs. Cole instead has flown to Los Angeles to have his sore right elbow examined by a specialist, Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
Cole struggled in Wednesday’s start against the Astros, yielding five runs in five innings. He did not throw his regular between-starts bullpen. An MRI didn’t reveal any ligament damage, but a bone spur remains a possibility.
Cole, 25, has a 3.55 ERA and a 95/32 K/BB ratio in 144 innings over 20 starts this season. The right-hander missed some time earlier this season with a triceps injury.