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Orioles set club HR record in 19-3 win over Phillies

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Orioles set club HR record in 19-3 win over Phillies

BALTIMORE –- The Orioles had a night to remember on Tuesday. A club record eight home runs, and 19 runs, their most in nearly 15 years.

Their 19-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies before 26,964 stunned fans at Oriole Park, was so thorough that many got to see something new.

Jeff Francoeur, a longtime major league veteran outfielder made his big league pitching debut. Francoeur was a relatively successful pitcher for the Phillies, pitching a perfect seventh, though he did give up the record setting eighth home run, to Ryan Flaherty, in the eighth inning.

Manny Machado homered in the first two innings. Chris Parmelee, whose contract was purchased before the game also homered twice, in the second and in the sixth.

“That’s a pretty good way to start, right? But you know the team played phenomenal tonight,” Parmelee said.

The Orioles (33-31) are two games over .500 for the first time since Apr. 19. They’ve won 10 of 12.

Francoeur’s second batter was Parmelee, who had four hits in his first four at-bats. He retired Parmelee on a grounder.

“I saw Francouer coming in to pitch and I was like 'oh, no.' That's always the hardest thing to do is get a hit off a position player. That's always a tough one I haven't cracked yet. [The ovation] was cool,” Parmelee said.

Chris Davis, David Lough and Jimmy Paredes also homered. Davis’ home run, his 14th landed on Eutaw Street. It was the seventh time he’s done that, most since the team moved to this ballpark in 1992.

Jerome Williams (3-7) didn’t make it out of the first inning. He strained his left hamstring when he tried to tag out Flaherty after his second wild pitch of the inning.

He allowed six runs and was replaced by Dustin McGowan, who in 3 1/3 awful innings, allowed five of the seven home runs.

Seven of the eight home runs were solo shots. Lough’s was a three-run shot.

Justin De Fratus allowed Parmelee’s second home run and was ejected from the game immediately afterward for throwing at J.J. Hardy.

The 19 runs were the most since the Orioles (33-31) scored 23 on Sept. 28, 2000.

“It was great. Came out with the win. We need more of those games. Bats came alive today, pitching’s doing well. It’s been a great week. Team’s rolling. That’s what we’ve got to keep doing, playing team baseball, pitching staff throwing well, everybody’s hitting the ball well, hitting clutch, we’ve just got to keep it up,” Machado said.

Manager Buck Showalter seemed almost embarrassed about his team’s output.

“I understand it. We've all been there. It's tough. Do you take? Do you swing? You're trying to be professional about it. Our guys, they put their head down and run,” Showalter said.

Chris Tillman (5-7) pitched six innings, allowing three runs on four hits. By the time he gave up his first run, the Orioles led 12-0.

“It’s fun to watch, fun to be a part of. I think these guys are capable of that,” Tillman said. “You just have to give them a chance.”

Philadelphia (22-44) has lost eight straight and 18 of 21.

We've all been there and will be again. Things can snowball at this level. There are too many talented people. It could happen to us tomorrow with them. It's one game, one win. Get on the bus tomorrow and head to Philadelphia and try to score more than they do in 9 innings tomorrow. I know they'll be trying to return the favor tomorrow. It's tough to tell your guys to stop swinging or stop trying. It's tough. It's unfortunate but it happens,” Showalter said.

Wei-Yin Chen, who was optioned to Frederick before the game, tweeted his disappointment with the move. He’s scheduled to return on June 26.

Chen is scheduled to be a free agent this fall.

“We have a pretty good relationship with him. He knows we're doing what's best for him physically and for our club and that is our priority in no special order. What's best for him is what's best for our club and we've been doing this for a long time and we're very proud of the health of our people and our pitchers. Trying to get ahead of things. And that is our priority, not something that might happen in the off-season,” Showalter said.

NOTES: Adam Jones went for an MRI on his right shoulder. Showalter thinks he’ll play no later than Friday in Toronto, perhaps sooner. … Kevin Gausman pitched two innings for Frederick, and allowed a leadoff home run, but nothing else. He struck out two. Gausman could start on Saturday in Toronto. … The Orioles play the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday. Ubaldo Jimenez (4-3, 3.19) faces Kevin Correia (0-0, 0.00).

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: O's hit four home runs in blowout win over White Sox

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: O's hit four home runs in blowout win over White Sox

The Orioles won 9-1 behind Andrew Cashner and an explosive offense. It was just the second home win of the season for the Orioles. Here are the news and notes surrounding the team.

PLAYER NOTES:

ORIOLES:

Outfielder Dwight Smith, Jr. made a nice grab near the fence early in the game to save a run, but his biggest moment was a three-run home run to extend the Orioles lead. It was his fifth home run of the season.

Andrew Cashner had a nice start, allowing just one run on five hits over seven strong innings. The Opening Day starter issued just one walk and struck out five. 

Chris Davis stayed hot, going 2-for-4 and hitting his first home run at Camden Yards this season. 

WHITE SOX:

Ivan Nova had a brutal start Tuesday night, allowing nine runs and eleven hits over four innings. He allowed four home runs and issued three walks, while striking out just four hitters. broke out of his slump Monday night by crushing his 150th career home run in the 7th. It was part of his three-hit, 5 RBI night for the White Sox. 

Yoan Moncada continued his breakout season, going 2-for-4 out of the leadoff spot and scoring the only run of the night for the White Sox. 

INJURIES:

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

COMING UP:

Wednesday 4/24: White Sox @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Friday 4/26: Orioles @ Twins, 8:10 p.m., Target Field

Saturday 4/27: Orioles @ Twins, 2:10 p.m., Target Field

Source: Rotoworld

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For the third time this season, the Orioles have put a position player on the mound

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For the third time this season, the Orioles have put a position player on the mound

It is rarely a good situation when a team has a position player take the mound. Usually, it's because one team is losing by plenty of runs, and don't want to waste a bullpen arm on a game that has already been decided.

For the Orioles, a lot more has gone wrong than right thus far in 2019. They are 1-10 at home, and only two teams in all of baseball have a worse overall record.

On Monday, Baltimore was blown out by the Chicago White Sox, 12-2, behind three different four-run innings. With the game well in hand, the Orioles put catcher Jesus Sucre on the mound to pitch the ninth.

It's the third time Baltimore has used a position player to pitch this season. It's the second time in three days, as Chris Davis took the mound for the Orioles on Saturday. The 2019 season is just barely over three weeks old.

No matter how bad Baltimore was expected to be, this situation is never ideal.

Sucre did pitch a scoreless ninth, however. The next time the Orioles are in a lopsided game, don't be surprised if he takes the mound again.

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