Jim Thome hit his first home run as an Oriole on Friday night. It was his 610th, passing Sammy Sosa for seventh place on the all-time list.Many would like to forget that Sosa was an Oriole in 2006. He hit home runs 575-588 with the Orioles. No player whos played with the Orioles has hit more than Thomes 610, but six of the 25 players whove hit 500 or played in Baltimore.Frank Robinson (586), Rafael Palmeiro (569), Reggie Jackson (563) and Eddie Murray (504) also played with the Orioles.Only Murray hit his 500th home run with the Orioles.Cal Ripken, who hit all 431 with the Orioles, is the teams all-time home run leader.
Braden Holtby has made Barry Trotz’s weekend very difficult, but in a good way.
Back-to-back games against the New York Islanders offered the Capitals an opportunity to play both Philipp Grubauer and Holtby. Grubauer stayed hot earning another win for Washington. On Friday, Holtby got his first start since March 6 and played very well.
“A win is good,” Holtby said after the game. “I felt pretty comfortable. Some things to build off of and things that I want to get better at. It was a step in the right direction.”
A 22 save effort on Friday was bookended by two big saves. The first shot Holtby faced was a turnover on the power play that led to a dangerous shorthanded scoring opportunity for John Tavares early in the first period. Then in the third, with the Capitals leading 5-3 and the Islanders trying to mount a comeback, Holtby turned aside a breakaway opportunity for star rookie Mathew Barzal.
“I thought he was pretty solid,” Trotz said. “He looked really confident.”
“I felt a lot better,” Holtby said. “Not that I was feeling horrible before, it's just you get refreshed. It's like anything, you have a week off work, a holiday or something, you come back a little refreshed.”
And that brings us to Sunday.
On Sunday, the Capitals play the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers are a team in playoff position in desperate need of points after seven of their last eight games.
When asked on Wednesday who he thought would start Sunday’s game, Trotz said, “We're in a result business and we need some results so we'll see who is looking the sharpest and gives us the best chance to win.”
Both Grubauer and Holtby were impressive in their starts over the Islanders. You can’t argue Holtby is suddenly the hotter hand after one win considering how well Grubauer has played of late, but if Holtby remaisn the team’s No. 1, shouldn’t he get the next start after a strong winning performance?
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Trotz was asked after the game who would start on Sunday after Holtby’s win.
“They're both playing well so I can't even answer that right now to be honest with you,” he said. “I do know that we have a number of games this week and whatever way go, obviously I'm going to sit down with the coaches and whatever way we go, I think they're both going to get some time this week.”
“I think you have to take it game-by-game,” Trotz added. “Bottom line is that you've got to make a decision and go with it and if your decision is that goalie A is a little hotter or you've just got a gut feel then you go with it and you have to live with it good or bad.”
So for now, it sounds as if we will see a rotation in net as Trotz continues evaluating which netminder gives the team the best chance to win in the playoffs. It is a tough position for the Caps’ bench boss, but, if both goalies continue to perform, having to choose between a hot Grubauer and a resurgent Holtby is a good problem to have and much preferable to having to choose between backup Grubauer and slumping Holtby.
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They said it could not be done, no No. 16 seed would ever beat a No. 1 seed. The odds would be too great and the obstacle too steep.
As we all know, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), just proved that all wrong.
All season the top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers dominated their opponents. They dictated pace, held opponents to less than 55 points, and smothered teams by forcing turnovers.
The roles filled on Friday evening and with an up-tempo 74-54 victory, UMBC proved the impossible.
The hardwood is not the only place that UMBC owned last night, they grabbed headlines, attention, and thousands of fans (literally) on Twitter.
Someone grabbed a hold of the UMBC Athletics Twitter account and took the upset by storm.
It all started when Seth Davis poked the bear:
Seth, it's 5-2 https://t.co/vQ4SeT6Roi— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
and they were relentless.
Virginia leads UMBC 7-6 with 11:58 remaining, someone please inform Seth https://t.co/vQ4SeT6Roi— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
Lamar 3 puts us up 9-7 with 11 mins to go in first half https://t.co/vQ4SeT6Roi— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
Virginia leads UMBC 13-10 in a game that is still happening, in fact, there's 7:20 left in the 1st half. https://t.co/vQ4SeT6Roi— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
At the half UMBC 21, No.1 Virginia 21. This is fun. Y'all havin fun? We're havin fun— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
Oh yeah, I forgot Seth Davis:
Hi everyone, in case you didn't see, Seth Davis tweeted this one minute into the game pic.twitter.com/vDlrcOtJOn— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
Then they started get snarky and owning everyone:
We won 24 games and a conference title, it's not like we are a YMCA team, dude https://t.co/TNYHHdwNZy— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
Just havin fun, cuz that's all 16 seeds are supposed to do https://t.co/QdZfjNFFle— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
As someone the graduated from a commuter school, I can relate:
Once again, we won 24 games and have a good defense, but we're just a commuter school, right? https://t.co/RwtvyA5ZvC— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
Second Half about to start, no matter what happens we just want you all to remember......we are conveniently located just outside of Baltimore and have stellar academics— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
WOOOO, NEW BULDINGS! https://t.co/lg6aAj7Cc6— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
More Seth Davis:
Hi Seth, remember when you declared the game over at tip? We are up 14 with 14 minutes left https://t.co/duUviOMvZO— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
Back to Twitter:
It's v v loud in here, either cuz they just restocked the hot dogs or because we are up 45-29 with 11:39 to go— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
I guess that application wave actually was a thing or people wanted to know what ‘UMBC’ stood for:
C'MON GUYS, you crashed our dang website, our IT people wanna watch the game too, please form an orderly line— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
Game. Set. History.
PUT SOME RESPECK ON IT! WE HAVE DEFEATED NO.1 OVERALL SEED VIRGINIA 74-54— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
Now here come the shots against other schools:
We also beat UVA on twitter too btw— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
Yeah, don’t jump on this bandwagon Terps fans. Stay in College Park:
Ahh we remember this game at Maryland in December....hopefully you enjoyed our game from your couch dude! pic.twitter.com/qwRC9zSQuE— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
I did not take long for other social media icons to start reaching out:
Amazing what happens when an under “dog” gets a fair shot in an expanded playoff 😏— UCF Knights (@UCFKnights) March 17, 2018
Congrats on the history, @UMBCAthletics ✊
If we've been keeping up, they'd beat us by 20 RTs— Wendy's (@Wendys) March 17, 2018
Oh and Seth Davis eventually did apologize:
We appreciate it Seth, feel free to pick against us again https://t.co/8lCkfL8Gha— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
Started the night at 5,588 and jumped up to 51.7 K. No one cares what you think Steven:
If you liked what you saw thank Zach Seidel, not an intern, not a student athlete who provided those tweets last night.
Zach, you just earned yourself a raise and we’ll see you in the Second Round.