The Orioles walloped the Red Sox by a score of 18-7 on Sunday afternoon, setting a new club record. The previous record was 17 runs, set on September 27, 1960 in Boston against the Red Sox, per the Orioles on Twitter.
Surprisingly, the Orioles hit just one home run in the contest — a solo shot from Chris Davis in the sixth inning. They racked up 20 hits in total, five of which were doubles and one was a triple. Seven Oriole batters had multiple hits and four had three hits. Delmon Young drove in five runs and three others drove in three runs each.
The O’s scored in six of eight frames, including two six-run innings in the third and seventh. The Red Sox used six pitchers and the only one to hold the Orioles scoreless was Edward Mujica in the eighth. Starter Wade Miley allowed seven runs (six earned) in 2 1/3 innings. That bumps their collective starting rotation ERA up to 5.75. I hear that Cole Hamels guy is pretty good.
At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.
Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.
The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.
At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).