The idea of a doubleheader can be fun because it means that your favorite team could win two games in the same day. This is less the case for a fan of the 2019 Orioles, especially when the O’s already lost the first game of the doubleheader earlier this afternoon by an 8-5 score. If you missed it, check out my recap.
Another game is still to come. The O’s have already given up four home runs to the Yankees today. Who knows how many more await in what will amount to a bullpen game for the nightcap. The O’s have called up Ty Blach from Norfolk for the “start,” but he started for Norfolk just three days ago so he surely won’t be going for a normal starting pitcher workload.
Blach, if you haven’t been following the minutiae of Orioles transactions, arrived in the organization by waiver claim from the Giants on August 3. Good luck. He’s going to need it.
The Yankees are also expected to use a bullpen game in the nightcap. They’ve somehow been like 10-0 in their previous bullpen games, which is one of many annoying facts about them.
What’s certain is that the Orioles have already set a record, in the earlier loss, for the most home runs allowed by an O’s team in a season. They are a mere 13 home runs allowed away from tying the MLB record. It probably won’t happen tonight, but it definitely might happen before the Orioles leave the Bronx.
Speaking of milestones, Chris Davis can tie for 18th place on the career strikeouts list with two strikeouts tonight. Currently in 18th is Dave Kingman at 1,816 strikeouts. Kingman played 16 seasons. Davis is in his 12th.
The lineup behind Blach and whoever follows:
- Jonathan Villar - SS
- Trey Mancini - RF
- Anthony Santander - CF
- Renato Núñez - DH
- Jace Peterson - LF
- Chance Sisco - C
- Hanser Alberto - 2B
- Chris Davis - 1B
- Rio Ruiz - 3B