On a night the Orioles honored Frank Robinson, the current team played as if it was 1966.The Orioles exploded for 14 hits and Wei-Yin Chen pitched seven innings as they beat the Oakland Athletics 10-1 before 26,926 at Oriole Park.With a chilled crowd watching amid occasional rain, Adam Jones and Robert Andino each had three hits and Chris Davis matched a career-high with four RBIs. Chen (2-0) pitched seven innings, allowed a run and six hits. He walked two and struck out four.The Orioles (13-8) took a 5-0 lead in the second on six singlesthe most hits theyve had in an inning this season. Jones led off with a single. Wilson Betemit singled him to third. Jones scored on an RBI single by Davis. With Betemit on second and Davis on first, Ronny Paulino squared to bunt, but Oakland catcher Kurt Suzuki threw errantly to second and the runners moved up a base. Both scored on Paulinos two-run single, Andinos single scored Paulino, and the sixth run scored on J.J. Hardys sacrifice fly.In the third, the Orioles took a 6-0 lead on a single by Jones and an RBI double by Betemit.The Orioles extended their lead to 9-0 in the fifth on an RBI single by Jones and a two-run single by Davis.All nine runs were scored off Tyson Ross (1-1).Davis hit his fourth home run of the year in the seventh. It landed on Eutaw Street, and gave him four RBIs.Chen had a shutout until the sixth when Jonny Gomes hit a one-out home run.Oakland (11-11) had just one hit off Luis Ayala in the final two innings.NOTES: -The 10 runs match a season-high.-Nolan Reimold extended his hitting streak to 13 with a second-inning single-The win was the 998th of Buck Showalters managerial career.-The Orioles end their homestand on Sunday with the final of three games against Oakland. Tommy Hunter (2-1, 4.74) will face Bartolo Colon (3-2, 2.62). Game time is 1:35 p.m.
CHICAGO—Four fans were ejected from United Center on Saturday night for taunting Devante Smith-Pelly as the Capitals’ winger sat in the penalty box.
The fans, according to a team spokesman, yelled “basketball, basketball, basketball” at Smith-Pelly, who is black. Smith-Pelly was in the box for fighting in the third period of an eventual 7-1 loss to the Blackhawks.
The taunts were confirmed by an off-ice official, the spokesman said, and the fans were subsequently removed from the arena.
Smith-Pelly did not speak with reporters after the game but is expected to address the incident at the team’s next media availability. The team is scheduled to practice Sunday at KeyBank Center in Buffalo.
Caps Coach Barry Trotz did not hold back when asked about the fans' comments.
“There’s absolutely no place in the game of hockey or our country for racism,” Trotz said. “I think it’s disgusting, and there’s no place for it. …It just shows ignorance.”
“There’s absolutely no place in the game of hockey or in our country for racism.” — #Caps Coach Barry Trotz on an incident involving Devante Smith-Pelly on Saturday in Chicago. Four fans were ejected for taunting DSP when he was in penalty box. pic.twitter.com/kxn3uClSBY— Tarik El-Bashir⌨️🎙🏒 (@TarikNBCS) February 18, 2018
The Blackhawks responded on Twitter with an apology to Smith-Pelly, who is one of roughly 30 black players in the NHL.
Statement on the incident at tonight's game pic.twitter.com/7o02AaLQwz— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) February 18, 2018
February is Hockey is For Everyone month in the NHL.
Just about everything that could go wrong did for the Capitals on Saturday in a 7-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Caps were coming off a strong 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, but none of that carried over in the trip to Chicago. The Caps took on a Blackhawks team that had lost eight in a row, but Chicago quickly took control in the first period and never looked back.
Washington gave up 21 shots on goal in the first period and found themselves down 3-1 after the opening frame. Things did not get much better from there as they gave up another three goals in the final four minutes of the second.
Here are the three stars of the game.
1. Jonathan Toews: Toews opened up the scoring in the first period with a quick shot from the corner that caught Braden Holtby by surprise.
Later in the first, he recorded an assist as his pass sparked a breakout that led to Brandon Saad's deal that gave Chicago back the lead. The Caps tried to make a game of it in the second period, but Toews intercepted a pass from Brooks Orpik that led to a 2-on-0 with himself and Patrick Kane that Kane netted to give the Blackhawks a 4-1 lead and signaled to everyone that the rout was on. Saturday was only the second three-point night of the season for Toews.
2. Patrick Kane: Toews helped the Blackhawks take control early, but Kane helped provide the knockout punches in the second period. A bad pass from Orpik was intercepted by Toews that led to a 2-on-0 with Kane. Holtby made the initial save on Toews, but Kane was able to knock in the rebound for the goal.
Kane also added an assist on Artem Anisimov's power play goal which extended Chicago's lead to 6-1.
3. Tom Wilson: Before this one got out of hand, it looked like Wilson had erased the tough start for the Caps as he deflected a shot from Matt Niskanen into the net to get Washington on the board.
Saturday's tally was his third goal in two games and his 10th of the season, marking the first time in his career he has reached double digits in goals.