Last night, in the fourth inning of the Cardinals-Cubs game, starter Adam Wainwright threw a pitch that went about 25 feet, straight into the grass on the first base side of the mound, as if he were spiking it intentionally. It caused everyone who was online during the game to make a bunch of jokes, but it turned out there was a purpose to it.
Wainwright said after the game that he was preparing to throw a fastball but that he noticed catcher Yadier Molina setting up for a curve. Wainwright didn’t want to cross his catcher up and risk an injury, so he just spiked the thing. Watch:
As Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch reports, the two did change up signs midstream due to runners on base. So, despite the fact that there is probably no active pitcher-catcher combo that has worked together as much as Wainwright and Molina, there was some justification for the confusion.
But it was still pretty hilarious.
The Orioles won their 19th game of the season 11 days ago. The club snapped a nine-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon, taking down the Marlins 10-4 to finally cross the 20-win threshold. Aside from the Orioles, who have baseball’s worst record (20-50), the White Sox were the slowest team to reach 20 wins, securing No. 20 on June 6 — 11 days ago, for those of you keeping score.
Mark Trumbo had three hits including a solo home run, three runs scored, and two RBI. Jace Peterson knocked in four runs, including two with a two-run homer. Starter Dylan Bundy wasn’t particularly sharp, giving up four runs over six innings, but it was good enough for the W.
Coincidentally, the Orioles’ last two wins at Camden Yards came on Father’s Day (June 17) and Mother’s Day (May 13). They were on an 11-game home losing streak.
There hasn’t been any one singular cause for the Orioles’ woes. The club has dealt with a handful of injuries. First baseman Chris Davis is having a tremendously terrible season, so much so that a Baltimore-area bar is offering free shots whenever he gets a hit. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop hasn’t hit anywhere close to the way he hit last year. Free agent pick-up Alex Cobb has a 7.14 ERA over 12 starts. Andrew Cashner has a 4.98 ERA and is on the 10-day disabled list. Zach Britton has been absent most of the season due to an injury, only recently coming back.
No one expected the Orioles to hang with the Yankees and Red Sox this season, but I don’t think anyone was expecting them to reach 20 wins in the middle of June, either.