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Friday Bird Droppings: Where it’s the anniversary of 2131

The Orioles lost again, Keegan Akin will strike you out, and more in today’s Bird Droppings

Texas Rangers v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Happy Friday, Camden Chatters! We made it through another work week. What do you have on tap for the weekend? Will you be headed to Camden Yards to see the Orioles play the Rangers? The weather forecast looks lovely for baseball in Baltimore, and tomorrow is Camden Vineyards night. I gotta hand it to the Orioles’ promotions team this year, they are pulling out all of the stops to get people to the park.

Unfortunately, the promotions folks can’t do anything about the team on the field, a team that lost again last night. The Orioles lost 3-1 last night, wasting their opportunities on the bases and a good start from John Means. Harrison Jozwiak’s game recap will catch you up if you missed it.

If you’d rather talk about playoff baseball, head down to the minors! The Bowie Baysox and Harrisburg Senators are tied 1-1 in the Eastern League Division series after a tough loss in 12 innings last night. Tonight they’ll be in Harrisburg for game three of the five-game series, with Zac Lowther on the mound.

Tonight in Salisbury, if the weather holds, the Shorebirds will play game two of the South Atlantic League semifinals. The Shorebirds are down 0-1 in the series to the Hickory Crawdads, and since it’s just a three-game set, a loss tonight and they’ll be out. Gray Fenter is pitching for the Shorebirds.


Keegan Akin Ends Season As Strikeout King - Birds Watcher
Keegan Akin struck out 131 batters in 112 innings, tops in the International League. Not bad!

Former Orioles RHP Steve Johnson Now Teaching Pitching ... With Help Of Technology - Press Box Online
In former Oriole news, the recently retired Steve Johnson has started a baseball training company.

Worst performances in baseball at every position - ESPN
Which position do you think the Orioles got named as the worst in baseball? There are several possible options.

Braves Activate Darren O'Day - MLB Trade Rumors
Good for him!

Means cruises through six innings in 3-1 loss (updated) - School of Roch
Roch with the game update and quote on John Means from Brandon Hyde.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have four Orioles birthday buddies to celebrate with. Recent Oriole Donnie Hart, who is currently in the New York Mets’ system, turns 29 today. Derrek Lee, who spent part of 2011 with the Orioles after a long career with the Cubs, turns 44. Roy Smith, a member of the 1991 team, turns 58. And Jim Fridley (b. 1924, d. 2003) was a member of the inaugural Orioles in 1954.

On this day in 1974, Dave McNally and Mike Cuellar threw back-to-back shutouts in a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians. The shutouts were the fourth and fifth straight for the Orioles and ran their scoreless inning streak to 54.

In 1995, Cal Ripken played in his 2131st consecutive game, setting a major league record. He also homered in the game for good measure. One year later, Eddie Murray hit the 500th home run of his career.

In 2012, the Orioles played a dramatic game at Camden Yards on Cal Ripken’s statue night. Against the Yankees they jumped out to an early lead, then blew it, then stormed back in the eighth inning to take the lead. When the dust settled the Orioles had beaten the Yankees 10-6 thanks to six home runs, and they had tied the Yankees for first place in the A.L. East. Damn, 2012 was fun.