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Five memorable moments for 2015 Orioles season


Five memorable moments for 2015 Orioles season

The 2015 season wasn’t a good one for the Orioles. It wasn’t a bad one, either. It was memorable. Let’s look at five of the most positive memories of this year.

1) April 29—The fanless game

After Baltimore experienced unrest that caused fans to be temporarily locked in to one game and the postponement of two others, the Orioles played in front of the first officially empty house in major league history.

The Orioles 8-2 win was remarkable for what those of us there got to experience. First base coach Wayne Kirby, who has the loudest voice imaginable, exhorting base runners, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu yelling “I got it, I got it” on a pop fly.

And, there were the players who tried to make light of a most difficult situation: Caleb Joseph pantomimed signing autographs, Chris Davis tossing balls into the empty stands.

There were three scouts allowed in, and they had a fine view of the game.

It was the fastest Orioles game of the season, two hours, three minutes.

2) June 16-Orioles hit a club record eight home runs

Manny Machado led off the game with a home run off Philadelphia’s Jerome Williams. The home runs kept coming.

Machado hit two, Chris Parmelee, who had been added to the roster before the game, had two. Jimmy Paredes, David Lough and Chris Davis each had one.

The Orioles led 17-3 after six innings.

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg  used longtime major league outfielder Jeff Francoeur to pitch the seventh and eighth. Francoeur, who had pitched in the minors, threw 48 pitches including the Orioles club record eighth home run by Ryan Flaherty.

The Phillies’ bullpen phone was off the hook as Sandberg tried to remove Francoeur. Not until the Orioles bullpen yelled at them did Philadelphia realize something was amiss with their phone.

3) July 18-Tillman is nearly perfect

Chris Tillman allowed a leadoff double to Detroit’s Ian Kinsler in the first inning. Two batters later, he walked Victor Martinez.

Twenty-three batters later, Tillman left the game after eight innings. He didn’t allow another baserunner, and in a season of erratic starts, Tillman had a wonderful one.

He threw 106 pitches, and in the Orioles second game after four days off for the All-Star break, manager Buck Showalter decided that Zach Britton needed the work, and he finished up the masterpiece.

Eleven days later, Tillman came within an out of a complete game. He turned an ankle late in the game, causing him to miss time, and the Orioles went without a complete game in 2015 for the first time in team history.

4) August 19-Urrutia ends the show

For the third time in six games--the first time in club history--the Orioles ended a game with a home run.

On Aug. 14, Machado’s two-run home run in the 13th inning gave the Orioles an 8-6 win over the Oakland Athletics.

A night later, Chris Davis homered off Oakland’s switch-pitcher Pat Venditte in the ninth for a 4-3 win.

Four days later, Henry Urrutia’s home run off the New York Mets’ Carlos Torres was the difference in a 5-4 win.

It was Urrutia’s first home run in the major leagues, and by the end of the following week, he was back in Norfolk.

The Orioles were five games over .500 after Urrutia’s home run, and were in the midst of the playoff run.

A few weeks later, after the Orioles lost 15 of 18, they had another memorable home run night when they scored 10 runs in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals on Sept. 11.

Nolan Reimold and Steve Clevenger hit grand-slam homers in the inning. It was the first time in nine years a team had hit two in one inning, and the first time the Orioles did it since 1986. They’re the only team in major league history to twice hit two grand slams in an inning.

5) Oct. 4-Machado plays 162, Davis says goodbye

Manny Machado had knee surgeries in 2013 and 2014, and he was determined to play every game in 2015.

Machado became the only major leaguer to play in each of his team’s games, and he topped off a terrific year by playing in his 162nd game.

Chris Davis, who is likely to leave via free agency, hit two home runs, including one in his final at-bat.

Davis, who was named the Most Valuable Oriole, hit 47 home runs, the fourth most in team history.

Besides the 19 runs scored against Philadelphia, the Orioles scored 18 twice.

All that offense couldn’t propel the Orioles into the postseason.

Tomorrow, we’ll look at five forgettable moments from 2015.

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2019 MLB Draft: When is the first round? How to watch, date, time, live stream, TV channel

2019 MLB Draft: When is the first round? How to watch, date, time, live stream, TV channel

The Orioles and Royals battled back and forth most of 2018 for the title of the worst team in baseball, and ultimately, Baltimore pulled "ahead" to earn the top pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. Any number one pick is important, but this one feels especially crucial, as Peter Angelos and his sons elected not to renew the contracts of GM Dan Duquette or manager Buck Showalter.

With a new regime in place, the player selected by the Orioles to kick off this year's draft will not only have the usual high expectations placed on their shoulders, but will also serve as the face of Mike Elias' rebuild of the organization.

Thankfully for the Orioles, this year's draft class, while not particularly deep with talent, appears to be historically strong at the top. Adley Rutschman, the projected top choice by many, will be a top 10 prospect in all of baseball the day he signs, according to some evaluators. The top three to four players as a group rival that of any in the last several classes.

Whoever they end up choosing to wear the black and orange going forward, the Orioles will be adding a talented, respected prospect to a farm system that desperately needs more future stars. It's especially exciting to the front office brass in Baltimore that each of the potential top picks in the class is not only talented, but also has a great head on his shoulders. Across the board among the top four guys, scouts rave about their work ethics and makeups.

It's been a tough season to watch in Baltimore, Miami, and Kansas City, but draft night will be an exciting moment in history for each of those franchises.

The Orioles will make the first selection in this year's draft at 7 p.m. on June 3.

2019 MLB Draft How to Watch:

What: 2019 MLB Draft Day One: Rounds 1-2
Date: Monday, June 3, 2019
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: MLB Network studios, Secaucus, NJ
TV Channel: MLB Network
Live Stream: MLB.com

How many rounds are there in the 2019 MLB Draft?

There are 40 rounds in the 2019 MLB Draft. Rounds 1-2 will air on MLB Network at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 3. Rounds 3-10 will stream on MLB.com, beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4. Rounds 11-40 will also stream on MLB.com, beginning at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5.

2019 MLB Draft prospects to know: 

Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon State

Rutschman is the complete package both at the plate and behind it, and is considered by many evaluators to be the best incoming MLB prospect in several seasons. It's possible the Orioles look elsewhere with their first selection, but it would qualify as a major surprise if they don't take the future star catcher.

Bobby Witt Jr., SS, High School (Texas)

The top prep player in the class, Witt projects to be a future five-tool shortstop, making him an incredibly valuable commodity. The son of a former pitcher, Witt has the defensive skillset to stick at shortstop, plus power at the plate, and a terrific makeup.

Andrew Vaughn, 1B, California

Vaughn is having the best collegiate offensive career since Kris Bryant, which is a ton of praise. The first baseman lives up to that praise at the plate, winning the Golden Spikes Award as a sophomore in 2018 and taking his bat to another level this season. The defensive profile is the only thing keeping him from going higher.

CJ Abrams, SS, High School (Georgia)

Abrams is supremely athletic, blessed with elite speed and a quick bat. His natural talent should keep him at shortstop, with Gold Glove-caliber play in center field the likely defensive floor. If he can tap into his power while mainting great contact skills, his upside rivals anyone's in the class, Rutschman and Witt included.

Recent No. 1 picks in the MLB Draft:

2018: SP Casey Mize (Detroit Tigers)
2017: SS Royce Lewis (Minnesota Twins)
2016: OF Mickey Moniak (Philadelphia Phillies)
2015: SS Dansby Swanson (Arizona Diamondbacks)
2014: SP Brady Aiken (Houston Astros)
2013: SP Mark Appel (Houston Astros)
2012: SS Carlos Correa (Houston Astros)
2011: SP Gerrit Cole (Pittsburgh Pirates)
2010: C/OF Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals)
2009: SP Stephen Strasburg (Washington Nationals)

What is the 2019 MLB Draft order?

1. Orioles
2. Royals 
3. White Sox 
4. Marlins 
5. Tigers 
6. Padres 
7. Reds 
8. Rangers
9. Braves (compensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder Carter Stewart)
10. Giants
11. Blue Jays
12. Mets 
13. Twins 
14. Phillies 
15. Angels 
16. D-backs
17. Nationals 
18. Pirates 
19. Cardinals
20. Mariners 
21. Braves
22. Rays
23. Rockies
24. Indians
25. Dodgers 
26. Diamondbacks (compensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder Matt McLain)
27. Cubs
28. Brewers
29. Athletics
30. Yankees
31. Dodgers (compensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder J.T. Ginn)
32. Astros
33. Red Sox

How was the 2019 MLB Draft order was determined?

The Baltimore Orioles hoped to compete in the 2018 season, but down seasons from multiple core players and injuries combined to take them out of contention early enough to sell off most of their assets at the 2018 Trade Deadline. After the firesale, it was all but certain they would lose 100+ games, but few expected a 47-115 final record, the worst in baseball.

The Royals were also historically bad, finishing with a 58-104 record to earn the second pick in the draft. In the same division, the White Sox went 62-100 to earn the draft's third selection. Baltimore, Kansas City and Chicago were the only three teams to lose at least 100 games, as the Marlins had baseball's fourth-worst record at 63-98.

The Tigers round out the top five in this year's draft after a 64-98 season, giving the AL Central three of the five worst records in all of baseball.

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Orioles Roundup: Hess continues to struggle, Yankees make history

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Orioles Roundup: Hess continues to struggle, Yankees make history

The Orioles got obliterated by the Yankees Tuesday night, losing the matchup 11-4.

Here is your latest news on Baltimore and New York:

Player Notes:


David Hess struggles against Yankees. The righty allowed eight hits – including a trio of home runs – while also walking four batters.

Stevie WIlkerson scored a three-run home run Tuesday in the Orioles' loss to the Yankees.


Gary Sanchez joined his teammate Gleyber Torres in terrorizing Orioles pitchers this season, scoring his eighth home run of the year against the O’s alone.  

Domingo German allowed three runs -- two earned -- over five frames versus the Orioles on Tuesday to pick up his ninth win of the season.


SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Wednesday 5/22: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium  
Tuesday 5/21: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium 
Wednesday 5/22: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium