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Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where John Means doubled!

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It was a good night for John Means, Adley impresses everyone, and more in today’s Bird Droppings.

Baltimore Orioles v Philadelphia Phillies
He got a hit!
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Happy Tuesday, Camden Chatters! Even with your favorite baseball team sputtering to the finish line of another abysmal season, it’s always nice to see a win like the Orioles got last night.

It was especially a nice night for John Means, who pitched 6.2 scoreless innings and hit a double! But before any of us could get any big ideas about how exciting it is to see pitchers hit, he also got thrown out at third base (like a nincompoop).

It was also a good night for Tyler Wells, who bounced back from two blown saves to get a 1-2-3 inning last night. You can read all about it in Andrea’s game recap.

If you’re worrying that too much winning will help the Oriole climb up to the 2nd draft pick, I have some bad news for you. The Diamondbacks lost last night and are now tied with the Orioles for worst record in baseball.

I doubt it’ll stay that way, though. The Orioles are having a bullpen game today, and their bullpen is not good.

Links

When is the next good Orioles team going to get here? - Camden Chat
If you missed it yesterday, Mark Brown took a stab at when the Orioles will be good again. It can’t get here soon enough.

The Playoff Race That’s For the Birds — the Ones in Baltimore | FanGraphs Baseball
This is a good read about how the Orioles have impacted the playoff race, but I mostly just want to read a story about how the Orioles are helping THEMSELVES in the playoff race.

Top prospect Adley Rutschman’s Triple-A success is impressing his big league teammates - Baltimore Sun
Ooh, even the major leaguers like Pat Valaika are impressed!

Orioles: Breaking Down Austin Hays’ September Success - Birds Watcher
Austin Hays is red hot!

Birthdays and History

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have just one Orioles birthday buddy, 2011-12 relief pitcher Zach Phillips (35). Phillips appeared in 16 games for the Orioles with a 3.21 ERA.

Also born on this day are actor Larry Hagman (b. 1931, d. 2012) of Dallas fame, actor Alfonso Ribeiro (50) of Carlton Banks fame, and singer Liam Gallagher (49) of Oasis fame.

On this day in 1984, Jim Traber made his major league debut for the Orioles. He went 1-for-4 after singing the national anthem before the game.

In 2001, the Orioles handed closer Mariano Rivera a rare blown save with a Jerry Hairston two-run single. The Orioles also scored five runs against Mike Mussina in the 7-6 win.

In 2012, the Oriole defeated the Red Sox 4-2 as Jim Johnson picked up his 46th save of the year to pass Randy Myers for the team record.