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Offense lets Gausman down in his season debut


Offense lets Gausman down in his season debut

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Orioles began Monday night’s game about an hour after the news that the team had surprisingly optioned Ryan Flaherty, their only backup infielder to Norfolk. 

Flaherty was sent down to make room for Kevin Gausman, who was activated after beginning the season on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis.

While the Orioles were understandably nervous to be without a capable infielder in case of injury, they were excited to have Gausman back. 

Gausman pitched very well, and his fastballs regularly touched 100 mph. 

As well as he pitched, the Orioles failed to hit for the second straight game and lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 before 12,996 at Tropicana Field. 

Gausman was excited, perhaps a bit too excited. 

“Honestly, it felt like I hadn't pitched in years. At times I had to step off the mound and refocus and try to tell myself to calm down,” Gausman said. 

Through four innings, Gausman (0-1) allowed two hits and struck out six. 

His problems came in the fifth. After Brad Miller struck out, Steve Souza walked, and with two outs, Curt Casali doubled to score Miller. Gausman hit Logan Forsythe and walked Steve Pearce, but escaped further damage when Evan Longoria flied to right.

“At times I tried to throw a little too hard and not focus on hitting my spots. Also, I threw some great breaking balls that they just kind of didn’t bite at,” Gausman said. 

Manager Buck Showalter was pleased with what he saw.

“That’s kind of the guy we’ve been missing…We’ll see next start. He had a lot of adrenaline I’m sure. Not always get to go through those programs building up before you get to the end game. Now the end game is September and October, hopefully,” Showalter said. 

The Orioles (11-7) had a run on four hits on Sunday and were shut out for the first time this season. 

Chris Archer had lost each of his first four starts, including a 6-1 decision to the Orioles on Apr. 8. 

He limited the Orioles to five hits in 6 2/3 innings. Archer (1-4) struck out 10 and walked none. 

Before the game, Showalter remarked that Pedro Alvarez, who entered the game with a .108 average, had the best batting practice he’d seen him have since signing with the Orioles last month.
“There’s some guys I haven’t seen yet. Obviously, you have to start to learn some of these guys’ tendencies. You can watch all the film and video you want, but it’s different when you’re standing in there, so any opportunity I get to go up there, I’m just trying to take as much from every pitch I see and I still have a whole lot to experience,” Alvarez said.
Alvarez had two doubles off Archer, and nearly had his first home run in the fourth. Mark Trumbo and Adam Jones had singles off Archer. 

Matt Wieters singled in the seventh, and with two outs, Enny Romero replaced Archer, who retired Alvarez on a pop to Pearce at first. 

Brian Matusz replaced Gausman in the sixth, and he loaded the bases on two walks and a single with two outs. Vance Worley hit Casali to give Tampa Bay (9-10) a 2-0 lead.

Erasmo Ramirez retired all four batters he faced. Xavier Cedeno retired Chris Davis on a short fly to center, and Alex Colome got the final out for his fourth save. 

NOTES: Showalter said the decision to send Flaherty down wasn’t an easy one. 

“There’s a lot of factors. Nothing that Ryan didn’t do. It’s kind of where we are with the pitching. Want to keep some length,” Showalter said. “Not sure what Gaus was going, how many innings and pitches. You want to cover in case he has a problem the first time back. You don’t want to send a starter out. There’s just a lot of moving parts. We thought that from a club standpoint for a few days it was the best way to cover our needs.”

-Jimmy Paredes will begin a rehab assignment at Bowie on Tuesday. Paredes, who was with the club on Monday, said that his injured left wrist, which he hurt early last month, felt better.

“I’m good. I’m excited. I want to get back. It’s hard to be in [extended spring training]. I feel good because I feel right. I feel like my wrists are better. I can do a lot of movement that I couldn’t do before,” Paredes said. 

He’s scheduled to play for the Baysox on Tuesday and Wednesday, play for Frederick Thursday, and then rejoin Bowie in Harrisburg this weekend.

-Trumbo has a 10-game hitting streak. His career best is a 12-game run from Aug. 29-Sept. 10, 2015. 

-Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1, 3.71) faces Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 3.97) on Tuesday night. 


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Summer Guide: The top restaurants and bars for before and after Baltimore Orioles games

Summer Guide: The top restaurants and bars for before and after Baltimore Orioles games

Last summer, NBC Sports Washington put together guides that detailed the best bars and restaurants to watch the Capitals' Stanley Cup run and FIFA World Cup. Earlier this summer we gave you some spots around Nationals Park too.

With summer 2019 halfway through and baseball in full swing, it's time to highlight the go-to spots to eat and drink around the ballpark that forever changed baseball. 

In no particular order, consider these: 

Pickles Pub, 520 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • Across the street from Oriole Park at Camden Yards
  • Always packed, it's the number one go-to bar for Orioles fans before and after the games 
  • A dozen beers on tap, both local and national brands
  • Great deals throughout baseball season

Sliders Bar and Grille, 504 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • Another bar adjacent to Camden Yards
  • Less crowded than Pickles, but just as good when it comes to snacks and drinks
  • Bottle, canned, and draft beer options
  • Gameday specials built around the Orioles season

Abbey Burger Bistro, 1041 Marshall St, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • A bit further (about a mile walk) but well worth it
  • Famous for, you guessed it, their wide selection of crafted hamburgers
  • Endorsed by Oriole legend Adam Jones, who even created a burger for their menu
  • Also make spiked milkshakes for adults looking to cool off with a tasty treat

The Yard, 110 S Eutaw St, Baltimore, MD 21201

  • Inside the Marriott Inner Harbor 
  • Quieter, less-crowded option compared to more popular pregame locations
  • Crab-based breakfast options for fans looking for an early start

Camden Pub, 647 W. Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21201

  • Two blocks from Camden Yards
  • Special discounts with game tickets
  • Variety of food options, including well-known wings

Quigley's Half Irish Pub, 633 Portland St, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • Federal Hill location, a block away from the stadium
  • Another less-crowded option, with standard bar fare
  • Just as likely to host baseball fans and neighborhood regulars alike

Pratt Street Ale House, 206 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21201

  • Three blocks from Oriole Park at Camden Yards 
  • Dozens of beer options, plus signature cocktails and wine choices aplenty
  • Well-known nightlife spot for postgame celebrations

Seafood Options:

L.P. Steamers, 1100 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • Have to drive instead of walk (9 minutes by car)
  • Considered a go-to spot for Maryland-style seafood 
  • Mentioned specifically by Manny Machado upon his return to Baltimore

Phillips Seafood, 601 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

  • 20-minute walk to Camden Yards, right in the heart of the Inner Harbor
  • Huge letters outside the building a part of the local skyline
  • Famous for their crabcakes, but serve all kinds of seafood and non-seafood options

Rusty Scupper, 402 Key Highway, Inner Harbor Marina, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • Another slightly further, pricier option for local seafood
  • Beautiful view right on the water
  • Live patio entertainment
  • Happy hour from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Monday through Friday

Postgame Dessert Options:

Insomnia Cookies, Federal Hill, 1059 S Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • 20-minute walk from the stadium
  • Wide variety of deluxe cookie options, plus brownies, ice cream, cake and dessert sandwiches
  • Open until 3 a.m. every night

Polar Roll Creamery, 600 E Pratt St Suite 105, Baltimore, MD 21202

  • 20-minutes from Camden Yards, on the Inner Harbor 
  • Rolled ice cream
  • Watch yourserver roll the ice cream in front of you


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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Anthony Santander has a huge outing in blowout loss to the Boston Red Sox

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Anthony Santander has a huge outing in blowout loss to the Boston Red Sox

Check out the latest news and notes on the Baltimore Orioles

Player Updates:

Even in a loss, the night belonged to OF Anthony Santander who went 4-for-5 with a homer, triple and two runs scored. Santander tripled and scored during the Orioles' five-run rally in the third inning. He then tagged Rick Porcello for a solo shot in the fifth that pulled the Orioles to within 10 runs at 16-6. It was the first four-hit game of the young outfielder's career. 

SP Thomas Eshelman had a rough day on the mound giving up nine runs (five earned) on six hits over 3 2/3 innings of work. The right-hander also issued three walks while striking out three. He struggled to keep the ball in the ballpark in this one, giving up home runs to Jackie Bradley Jr., Rafael Devers and Mookie Betts before departing in the fourth. 

Due to Pedro Severino's illness, the Orioles optioned C Austin Wynns to Triple-A Norfolk. He has played in 16 games for the O's this year with a .233 batting average, zero homers and three RBI in 47 plate appearances.


C Pedro Severino: Illness, Day-to-day

SP Dylan Bundy: Knee, 10-day Injured List

RP Josh Rogers: Elbow, 10-day Injured List

OF DJ Stewart: Ankle, 10-day Injured List

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-day Injured List

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-day Injured List

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-day Injured List

Coming Up:

Sunday 7/21: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 1:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Monday 7/22: Orioles at Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m., Chase Field

Tuesday 7/23: Orioles at Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m., Chase Field

Source: Rotoworld