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Orioles lose late night home run barrage

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Orioles lose late night home run barrage

Eddie Murray thanked the fans for sticking around. Most of them were sorry they had.After waiting through a three hour, nine minute rain delay, Chris Tillman gave up a home run on his third pitch. Before long he gave up two more.By the time he departed in the sixth inning, the game was out of hand as the Orioles lost to the Kansas City Royals 7-3 before 40,456 at Oriole Park on Saturday night.The game finally ended at 1:13 a.m. on Sunday morning, more than seven hours after the Orioles honored Murray with a statue in the left field flag court.I feel bad for the fans that toughed it out that we werent able to play a bit better, especially on Eddies day. It was a big day for the organization, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.We had a couple opportunities. It was a challenging night. They handled it better than we did.Alex Gordon who hit a leadoff home run on Thursday, hit his second in three nights and eighth homer of the season to give Kansas City (48-65) a 1-0 lead.Salvador Perez, who homered for the Royals only run against Miguel Gonzalez on Friday night, hit a two-run homer to score Lorenzo Cain in the second to make it 3-0. It was Perezs eighth of the season.Billy Butler hit his fourth home run of the season against the Orioles with two outs in the third. He also hit one on Thursday, when he fell a single short of the cycle. It was Butlers 24th of the year, and Kansas City led 4-0.Tillman (5-2) had allowed two home runs in his first six games, and by the third inning, hed given up three.
Not a great night for me, Tillman said.Frustrating night. I was working up in the zone. Didnt have my breaking ball going. Didnt have it for the whole game. Got a couple of outs on it, but not when I was ahead in the count. Wish I would have pitched better.The Orioles (61-53) failed in their bid to move 10 games over .500 for the first time since June 24. They fell game behind Oakland and Tampa Bay in the AL wild card race. They had four hits off Luis Mendoza (6-9) in the first six innings. Mendoza was facing them for the first time since Aug. 8, 2008.Nate McLouth and Adam Jones singled in the first inning, but didnt score. Jones was hit by a pitch and Matt Wieters walked with one out in the fourth. They couldnt score, either.After Kansas City went ahead 7-0, the Orioles finally scored in the seventh.Wilson Betemit led off with a walk. Chris Davis singled, and Manny Machado, who had grounded to third in his first two-at bats, doubled to score Betemit.Omar Quintanilla singled to bring home Davis and Machado. Kelvin Herrera relieved Mendoza and retired Nick Markakis on a fly to center and caught J.J. Hardy looking. McLouth doubled Quintanilla to third, but Jones grounded to short to end the inning. We had a few opportunities, but it seemed like they were all with two outs. I dont think we had any second and third, one outs or guys on third and no outs, McLouth said.It was a couple maybe two-out situations, and those are tough to deliver.Tillman (5-2), who had won four straight, hit Perez with two outs in the sixth. Home plate umpire Chris Guccione warned both benches. After Jeff Francoeur walked, Miguel Socolovich came on. After Eric Hosmer singled to score Perez, Hosmer tried to steal second. Wieters throw wasnt on target and Francoeur broke for home.It was a double steal, and the first successful steal of home against the Orioles since June 8, 2008 and the Royals first in nearly two years, and it was 6-0.Gordon led off the seventh with a home run off Socolovich for a 7-0 Kansas City lead.Tillman gave up six runs on six hits in 5 23 innings. He walked two and struck out five.Mendoza pitched six-plus innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out four.NOTES:-Machado became the first Oriole since Garrett Atkins in Apr. 2010 to have at least one extra-base hit in his first three games. Frank Robinson, Lee May and Ray Knight each started their Orioles career with an extra-base hit in four straight games.-Jones was hit by a pitch for the 10th time this season. He also had his fourth outfield assist in his last six games.-Tommy Hunter (4-7, 5.55) and Bruce Chen (8-9, 5.51) are Sundays scheduled pitchers.

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Manny Machado pens goodbye to O's fans on Instagram

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Manny Machado pens goodbye to O's fans on Instagram

Days after being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a deal that captivated much of Major League Baseball, former Oriole Manny Machado took to Instagram to thank the only organization he's ever known. 

The 26-year-old's contract expires at the end of this season, which the Orioles chose not to renew as the last-place club enters a rebuilding phase. 

Machado put up big numbers in the team's first 97 games totaling career-highs in home runs (24), RBIs (65), OBP (.387) and OPS (.962). 

He is expected to play shortstop for a Dodgers club which finished the first half of the season 10 games above .500 in a competitive, tight NL West. 

The Dodgers will pay Machado $6.3 million. 

To my Baltimore family, I’ve spent the last few days trying to figure out how I would say goodbye but there wasn’t an easy way to do it. I first joined this organization at the age of 17 and these past eight years have far exceeded anything I ever could’ve imagined. Throughout the ups and downs, you embraced me unconditionally and you took a kid from Miami and brought me up as one of your own. I’ve enjoyed my time here and you all have played a big part in that!! Thank you Birdland! You are forever in my heart! To the Baltimore Orioles, it has truly been a blessing to put on that uniform every day. To the Angelos Family & Dan Duquette, thank you for making my dreams come true!!! To Buck and the coaching staff, thank you for your commitment and dedication to making me the best player and teammate I can possibly be…I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of you. To my teammates, we’ve shared some amazing times with lots of memories & friendships that I’ll cherish forever. Schoopy, I love you bro and I know you will carry the torch!!! ! Much love always, Manny #13

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What exactly did the Orioles get in return for Manny Machado?

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What exactly did the Orioles get in return for Manny Machado?

So, the Orioles made some headlines earlier this week. I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but minor league pitcher Asher Wojciechowski exercised his opt-out clause and is no longer with the organization. Please keep Orioles fans in your thoughts during this trying time.

As everyone reading this is undoubtedly already aware, the Orioles *also* made a trade yesterday, sending 26-year old superstar Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In return for their once-in-a-lifetime talent, the Orioles received a whopping five prospects from the Dodgers’ minor league system.

Yusniel Diaz, OF, 21

It’s fitting that this trade is being compared to the Erik Bedard trade, which was also a five-for-one, because Diaz could be a poor man’s Adam Jones. He’s not the prospect Jones was, but he could end up being a really nice player.

Talent evaluators are split on his ultimate ceiling. Some describe him as a bona fide stud, and others leave him off their top 100 lists. I’ve seen him ranked as high as 31st overall (by Baseball Prospectus), which, if accurate, is a terrific main piece in a package for a star rental. 

Most consider Diaz’s main flaw as a prospect to be his in-game power, though anyone watching the 2018 MLB Futures Game would be confused by that, as he became the second player ever to hit multiple home runs in the game. It’s possible that more power develops as he matures, and he certainly wouldn’t be the first player to hit for more power once reaching the Majors, but for now, it’s not a strength. I wouldn’t expect him to top 20 home runs in most seasons.

His bat-to-ball ability is his clearest strength, as he projects to consistently hit for a high average. His batting eye, while formerly a weakness, has become a strength in 2018, as he’s actually walked more times than he’s struck out (a rarity in this day and age). That will play well with O’s fans who are tired of seeing their players challenge strikeout records.

Dean Kremer, RHP, 22

Kremer isn’t a major name, which is a disappointment for O’s fans and one of the reasons their haul felt so uninspiring. Compared to more highly-touted prospects like Dustin May, Kremer looks like the team settled.

That said, he’s currently sporting the best K/9 ratio in the minors, and could end up being a diamond in the rough. He’s come a long way since being a 14th-round pick two years ago, and you have to wonder if the Orioles’ much-maligned pitching development can pick up where the much more successful Dodgers instructors left off.

Kremer is also notable for being the first Israeli-born player ever drafted in Major League Baseball.

Rylan Bannon, IF, 22

Bannon was an 8th-rounder last year and is having somewhat of a breakout this season. He’s leading the league in home runs, though playing in a notorious band box of a home park is skewing those numbers.

Bannon is undersized, but has a reputation of a good, if not elite, fielder. He’s a third baseman, but will likely spend some time at second as well. If the power breakout is real, he could end up a solid starter for the Orioles down the road. Again, that’s about all you can hope for in trades of this nature.

Zach Pop, RHP, 21

Pop has been described as potentially a future “right-handed Zach Britton,” which every O’s fan would take in a heartbeat. Of course, he’s not ranked like a future All-Star, as even in the weaker Orioles farm system he’s likely no better than around 25th. 

Still, the filler players in big trades like this are just lottery tickets, and considering his lack of pedigree, Pop seems like a relatively “safe” pitcher with projectability. He strikes out a lot of batters and gets a lot of ground balls, and at the very least can likely become a decent middle reliever.

Breyvic Valera, IF, 26

In a best-case scenario, Valera becomes the Orioles’ Ryan Flaherty replacement. If you squint, you can see somewhat decent upside in each of the other returning players, even despite their modest prospect rankings, but Valera is a clear utility player. 

He gets on base and hits for contact well enough to stick around and has proven capable of defending multiple positions, so there actually might be a spot for him at the end of the Orioles bench.

Overall

This trade has been described as anywhere from adequate and somewhat deflating to a great haul O’s fans should be excited about. Four of the five players have decent ceilings, though the chance of all four (or even just two of them) reaching those ceilings is highly unlikely. It’s just the nature of baseball.

Ultimately, this trade will be judged on the success or failure of Yusniel Diaz, who is the clear centerpiece of the package. Whether or not he succeeds will be partially up to him, and partially up to the front office and player development team.

If this trade is the beginning of the core for the next competitive Orioles team, then it’ll have to be considered a success. If these players each bust out of the league, then it was still the correct decision to trade Machado instead of settling for draft pick compensation, but it will still sting all the more for O’s fans seeing Manny soar to new heights elsewhere.