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Sunday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles are looking to win two in a row

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Tom Eshelman is living the dream, Jonathan Villar has perfect attendance, and more in today’s Bird Droppings!

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Happy Sunday, Camden Chatters! The Orioles won last night! Look, I’m not going to get salty about the fact that I was at the game on Friday and saw my sixth in-person loss of the season, only for them to come back and win the next day. I’ll just take each win they manage. Maybe one time this year it’ll be when I’m there to see them.

If you missed last night’s game or you just want re-live the win, check out Paul Folkemer’s game recap and vote for the Most Birdland Player.

Links

Orioles’ Tom Eshelman seeks to capitalize on opportunity after road trip of his dreams - Baltimore Sun
If a deep dive on Tom Eshelman is what you’re looking for today, I found it.

Orioles rally past Jays for 6-4 homemade win - School of Roch
Game recap with quotes, including this one from Brandon Hyde: “There’s nothing sexier than a base hit the other way with a runner in scoring position for me.”

2019 Draft Pick Toby Welk Is Making Quite A First Impression - Birds Watcher
Welk was drafted in the 21st round so he's a long shot to say the least, but he's opening eyes so far with his performance in Aberdeen.

Villar wants perfect attendance for Orioles; Kline recalled as team goes with short bench - BaltimoreBaseball.com
Villar has appeared in all 109 games for the Orioles this year (106 starts). These are the things you talk about when the team is terrible.

'Baseball is life': AAABA Hall of Fame welcomes 5 new members | tribdem.com
Buck Showalter was elected into the All-American Amateur Baseball Association Hall of Fame last night. He played for the Birmingham, Alabama team in 1975.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have two Orioles birthday buddies. The first is B.J. Surhoff, a member of the Orioles Hall of Fame. Surhoff, who turns 55 years old today, played for the Orioles from 1996-2000 and then again from 2002-05.

It’s also the 41st birthday of Jon Knott, who you may not remember. Knott was one of those guys that Orioles fans online were clamoring for more playing time during the dark days. Why don’t they just a chance? Why isn’t he playing over these old guys? He might be something! Knott did end up playing for the Orioles, seven games in in 2007. That was the last time he saw the majors.

On this day in 1998, Mike Mussina had a perfect game for the first 7.2 innings against the Detroit Tigers. With two outs in the eighth, Frank Catalanatto hit a double to break it up, then Deivi Cruz singled in the ninth as well. The final pitching line for Mussina was 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K. He was pretty good.

In 2005, the Orioles fired Lee Mazzilli and replaced him with Sam Perlozzo. Shockingly, this did not turn the team around.