Good morning, Camden Chatters.
It’s September. The Orioles are real bad, and they’re simply playing out the string in a woebegone season. That’s how you end up with games like last night’s, in which the Birds gave up six runs before recording the first out of the game, and never recovered. Alex Church recapped the latest O’s lowlights, which dropped the club to 46-96.
At least there are a few things worth getting excited about, mainly on the prospect side. Austin Hays was unexpectedly called up to the Orioles instead of reporting to the Arizona Fall League’s Surprise Saguaros. You might say he was a surprise addition instead of a Surprise addition. I’ll be here all week, folks!
And in the minors, the Double-A Bowie Baysox won the Western division series, advancing them to the Eastern League finals against Trenton, starting Tuesday. Good luck, guys! Bring home a championship for the O’s.
Six-run first inning puts Orioles in inescapable hole (updated) - School of Roch
Brandon Hyde, Aaron Brooks, and Austin Hays comment on the Orioles’ latest loss. After a game like this, there aren’t that many players worth talking to.
Prospect Hays gets defensive in season debut - Orioles.com
Hays immediately contributed to the Birds with a diving catch in his debut, the type of play we’ve rarely seen an O's center fielder make this season. No offense, Anthony Santander.
Orioles call up Austin Hays; Elias explains why Mountcastle, Mullins and Akin didn’t get call - BaltimoreBaseball.com
Mike Elias discusses the fortunate circumstances that allowed the O’s to call up Hays. He also says Mountcastle needs to stay in the minors to work on his defense and drawing walks, because that explanation sounds better than “we don’t want to start his service clock yet.”
Cedric Mullins on his 2019 season: ‘The game is showing me its true colors’ – The Athletic
Dan Connolly has a nice interview with the one-time O’s center fielder of the future, who’s trying to get his career back at Bowie. His hitting for the cycle in last night’s series-clinching game for the Baysox certainly doesn’t hurt his case.
Orioles birthdays and history
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your living ex-Oriole birthday buddies include catchers Nick Hundley (36) and Al Pardo (57) and righty reliever Don Aase (65). Other Orioles born on this day were the late George Werley (b. 1938, d. 2013) and Lou Sleater (b. 1926, d. 2013).
On this day in 2012, the Yankees’ CC Sabathia broke Nick Markakis’s thumb with a pitch, ending his season. As a result, the longtime Orioles outfielder, who’d suffered through six losing seasons in Baltimore, didn’t get to participate in the club’s first trip to the playoffs in 15 years. Many O’s fans still curse Sabathia’s name to this day.