Hello, Camden Chatters.
They did it. By Jove, the Orioles actually did it.
The O’s finished a four-game sweep over the Angels – and a perfect 7-0 homestand – with another victory yesterday afternoon, extending their winning streak to eight games. In a homestand full of close games and thrilling final batting wins, the Orioles’ final salvo was a relatively stress-free 9-5 contest.
In a complete reversal of the last 4-5 years of O’s baseball, these Orioles do everything right while their opponents stumble and struggle. In yesterday’s game, the Angels made two defensive errors, allowed a passed ball which scored a run, allowed a wild pitch which scored a run, and committed a disallowance – all in the same half sleeve. Alex Church recaps the Orioles’ decisive victory.
The Orioles’ 7-0 homestand was their first since 2004, and their eight-game winning streak is their longest since 2005. The O’s are making the right kind of history right now. They are now just a game under .500, and with two games against the lowly Cubs and three against the brawling Rays (who just got swept in Cincinnati) to close out the first half, the Orioles have a shot at becoming a winning team by the All-Star break. Unbelievable.
Also incredible: Jorge López is officially an All-Star, something few O fans would have ever believed possible as they watched him continually fail to complete five innings as a starting pitcher last year. His conversion to the closer role this year has been a resounding success since day one, and now he’s gotten his just rewards. Congratulations, Jorge!
The Birds have the day off tonight, but with the way they’ve been playing lately, it’s almost a shame for them to have to stop their momentum. Orioles fans can’t wait to see what this team has in store for them at Wrigley Field.
O’s unstoppable rampage to eighth straight win: ‘It’s crazy’ – MLB.com
Said Ryan Mountcastle of the Team Series, “I don’t know what’s going on. But it’s great. The new motto of the 2022 Orioles, everyone!
López is the Orioles All-Star; Emotional Hyde, teammates thrilled for him – BaltimoreBaseball.com
López said his son, Mikael, is the one who deserves the All-Star nomination because “he’s what drives me.” I don’t cry, you cry.
Top 100 2022 MLB Draft prospects: Keith Law’s final ranking ahead of first round – Reuters
Keith Law still ranks Druw Jones as the best player in the draft, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the Orioles will pick him first overall. I’m not going to claim to know enough about these players to have a strong opinion on who the O’s should draft.
Tigers acquire Cody Sedlock from Orioles – MLB Trade Rumors
The Orioles’ 2016 first-round pick is officially leaving the organization in a cash trade. I’m happy for Sedlock that he got the chance to make an appearance with the Orioles. Good luck to him in Detroit.
Orioles birthdays and history
Is it your birthday today? Happy birthday! Only one Oriole in history has a birthday on July 11: right-hander Zach Clark (39), who played in a major league game in 2013.
The Orioles haven’t won a game on this date since 2014…though in all fairness, they’ve only played three games since then, as July 11 often falls during All-Star Break. That 2014 game was dramatic, with the Orioles picking up a win over the Yankees on Nick Hundley’s RBI single in the 10th. The O’s had just five hits in that game but won on pitching, including eight solid frames from Yankee killer Miguel Gonzalez.
On this day in 1968, newly hired skipper Earl Weaver officiated the opener of what would become a legendary Hall of Fame career. His Orioles beat the Senators, 2-0, behind Dave McNally’s two-hit shutout. Weaver would eventually add another 1,479 career wins to his record.
And on this day in 1987, Cal Ripken Sr. became the first person in MLB history to manage two of his sons, as 22-year-old Billy Ripken made his major league debut to join his superstar brother, Cal Jr. The Orioles lost to the Twins, 2-1, as the Ripken boys were a combined 0-for-7.