As Bill noted last night, Cardinals right fielder Stephen Piscotty had a painful trip around the bases, getting hit in the right elbow by a pitch to reach base, hit on the left elbow while stealing second and then hit on the earflap of his helmet while sliding into home.
He left the game after that, and was put through MLB’s concussion protocol. Good news on that front: he passed. No concussion. Just a head contusion near his cheekbone and a super sore right elbow from that HBP.
Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that Piscotty was going to be held out of today’s Cubs-Cards game as a precaution, but that game has been postponed due to rain, so he may not miss any time at all, assuming he’s feeling OK in time for tomorrow’s contest.
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.