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Monday Bird Droppings: Where the field in DC still hasn’t dried out

The Orioles go into an off day after a bizarre end to their series with the Nationals. In other news, everyone is talking about Hanser Alberto.

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Washington Nationals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Monday, Camden Chatters! I hope you had a restful weekend. The Orioles found themselves in Washington, DC to take on the 2019 World Series champion Nationals and things went pretty well for them! After a blowout win on Friday and a come-from-behind win on Saturday, they were on their way to a sweep when a tarp malfunction turned a 20-minute rain shower into a suspended game. Really! You can read all about it, including the action in the game before the tarpfail, in Paul’s story from yesterday.

The rest of yesterday’s game will be made up on Friday when the Nationals travel to Baltimore for a three-game series. The game will start as it ended, in the top of the sixth inning with the Orioles at the plate with two on and one out. The Orioles are currently up 5-2. If they go on to lose that game I will not be amused.

As a long time Orioles fan, I have to admit one thing about yesterday’s debacle: it’s pretty nice when the Orioles aren’t the most embarrassing thing on the field.

The Orioles are off today and will start a three-game series in Philadelphia tomorrow at 7.


Orioles claim pitcher Jorge López off waivers from Kansas City Royals - Baltimore Sun
It can never hurt to have more bullpen help. López didn't have much success in his time with the Royals.

Road to the show: Reliving Orioles prospect Keegan Akin’s path to the big leagues - Baltimore Sun
I don't know about you, but I'm ready to see what Akin can do in the majors.

Fluke or the Real Deal? Breaking Down the Most Stunning MLB Starts to New Season | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
What do you guys think? Is Hanser Alberto the real deal? Or will he break our hearts?

SF Giants: Hanser Alberto, the middle infielder that got away - Around the Foghorn
Another Hanser link! This Giants blog can't believe their team let Hanser Alberto get away. I'm sure they're enjoying Mike Yastrzemski though.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have three Orioles birthday buddies:

  • Dan Johnson (41) appeared in three games for the 2013 Orioles. He is most memorable to me as the guy who hit the game-tying home run for the Rays in the bottom of the ninth of game 162 in 2011.
  • Sal Fasano (49), had Baltimore as just one of his many major league stops when he appeared in 65 games for the 2005 team. Sal batted .250 for the Orioles but I think his mustache batted .300.
  • Bob Chakales (b. 1927, d. 2010) was a member of the inaugural 1954 Orioles. Chakales was a relief pitcher who got into 38 games after being traded to the Orioles from the Indians mid-season.

On this day in baseball history, via Baseball Reference:

  • In 1944, Red Barrett throws a complete game shutout on just 58 pitches as the Boston Braves shut out the Cincinnati Reds. This is a major-league record, obviously. The game took just one hour, 15 minutes.
  • In 1963, Boog Powell hit three home runs in a losing effort against the Senators. In the same game, Brooks Robinson had his streak of 463 games started at third base ended when he is held out of the lineup due to a slump.
  • In 1991, a game between the Astros and Braves is delayed so that the athletic trainer can remove a moth from the ear of Astros’ OF Mike Simms. That is worst nightmare territory, friends.