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Sunday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles are winning on the west coast

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Happy Sunday, Camden Chatters! Did you stay up for last night’s game? If not, Paul Folkemer has the details of the back and forth 8-7 win. He stayed up so you didn’t have to!

The Orioles have actually been playing decent baseball on the west coast. They are 4-2 so far on the road trip and have won three straight from the Angels heading into today’s series finale. I have to say, it would be pretty strange if the O’s first series sweep was a four-game series on the west coast. Not that I’m counting any chickens.

With three games left in the month of July, the Orioles could actually capture a winning month if they can win two of the next three. That would be wild, man.

But what about that draft pick, you say? The Orioles are now a full three games better than the Detroit Tigers, who have lost five in a row. If you’re really hoping for that second #1 pick, you might be rooting against these so-called meaningless wins. I shall not join you. I like when they win.

Links

With ball and cap en route to Cooperstown, Orioles’ Stevie Wilkerson soaks up post-save stardom - Baltimore Sun
Stevie Wilkerson's cap and ball are headed to Cooperstown after he became the only position player to earn a save. This makes Stevie wonder if his nickname as a pitcher should be Stevie Coop.

Baltimore Orioles Morning Rundown: So Many Pitching Moves - Birds Watcher
If you're keeping track, John Means is on the IL, Nate Karns is gone, Tanner Scott is demoted, Evan Phillips is back, and Dillon Tate is on the MLB team for the first time.

In Aberdeen debut, Adley Rutschman gets another taste of being the face of the Orioles' rebuild - BaltimoreBaseball.com
It was Adley day in Aberdeen, exciting even if he did go 0-for-5.

Mark Trumbo pauses rehab, John Means gets MRI - Steve Melewski
Brandon Hyde isn't concerned about Means. The thought is that he'll miss one start. As for Trumbo, you gotta feel bad for this guy.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You share a birthday with a former Oriole who was involved in the last no-hitter thrown by the Orioles. Bob Milacki, who was the starting pitcher on July 13, 1991 against the Oakland A’s. Six innings later he left the game having given up zero hits. Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson, and Gregg Olson followed with one hitless inning apiece to seal the no-no. That was just one of 109 starts Milacki made for the Orioles from 1988-92. Today is his 55th birthday.

It’s also the 26th birthday of 2019 rule 5 pick Drew Jackson, who appeared in three games before the Orioles returned him to the Dodgers. Chad Paronto, who pitched in relief for the 2001 Orioles, turns 44 today.

On this date in 1971, Brooks Robinson committed three errrors. WHAT!? But his teammate Frank Robinson picked him up with a three-run walk off home run against the A’s, giving the Orioles a 3-2 win.

In 1978, Rich Dauer set a club record by having his 10th straight multi-hit game.

In 2000, the Orioles traded shortstop Mike Bordick to the Mets for Melvin Mora and a bunch of other players you don’t remember. Never fear, Bord-heads! Bordick was back with the Orioles as a free agent in 2001. Exactly one year from this trade, Mora’s wife gave birth to quintuplets. That means the quints are turning 18 today!