“Crab cakes and football, that’s what Maryland does.”
For newest Oriole Adley Rutschman, this is an especially fitting movie quote. The Oregon State catcher famously kicked for his school’s football team as a freshman, though he assured NBC Sports Washington that he’s “washed” when it comes to that career.
More importantly for him is the crab cakes.
Rutschman is a self-described food person, so the draw of trying some Charm City crab cakes is real.
“I actually got a comment on my Instagram about that,” Rutschman laughed. “I didn’t understand it, but now that you’re bringing that up, big fan of crab cakes. I’m a big time food person, and I like quality food, and seafood is definitely along those lines as well.”
Feel free to let Rutschman know on social media where the best local spots are for great crab dishes.
It's crucial for him to speak well of seafood to ensure continued success in his career, regardless of whether or not he really believes it.
Thankfully for O’s fans, it seems like he’s telling the truth. Yet another reason why Rutschman was the perfect pick for Mike Elias’ first selection in Baltimore.
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In what *has* to be the most important game of the night between the Orioles and Nationals organizations, Bowie Baysox pitcher Michael Baumann threw a no-hitter against the visiting Harrisburg Senators.
The Double-A starting pitcher was absolutely filthy on the mound all night long, dominating the Senators lineup. Baumann needed just 94 pitches to mow down 29 batters, throwing 63 strikes while walking just two batters. He also struck out 10 as he thoroughly shutdown Harrisburg.
Baumann, who is rated the 24th-best prospect in the Orioles farm system according to MLB Pipeline, has had a dynamic start to his Double-A career. The 23-year old has a ridiculous 0.33 ERA through five games (three starts) in Bowie, spanning 27 innings.
This was, of course, his most impressive performance yet.
As for the Baysox offense, every player in the lineup recorded at least one hit. That's irony at its best.
At the time Baumann completed his gem, his organization’s Major League team wasn’t doing so well. The Orioles trailed the Nationals 5-1 in the seventh inning when it was announced on the big screen that Baumann had made history.
During a series in which the Orioles will be hard-pressed to beat their visitors from Washington, it’s nice to have something fun to point to from the minors.
Congratulations to Baumann. If he tosses a few more no-hitters, he’ll certainly find himself rocketing up prospect rankings list in a hurry.
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The Orioles lost the series finale to the Rays Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards, but there was one silver lining from the matchup, and the silver lining was delivered by second baseman Hanser Alberto.
For the first eight innings Sunday afternoon, none of the at-bats by the Orioles produced a hit, as Tampa Bay’s Ryne Stanek and Ryan Yarbrough combining to not allow a base runner. That was until the bottom of the ninth inning when O's second baseman Hansel Alberto decided that his ballclub would not be on the opposing side of history, and hit a single against the switch, breaking up what would have been the first combined perfect game in MLB history.
Tuesday 7/16: Nationals vs Orioles, 1:05 p.m., Oriole Park
Wednesday 7/17: Nationals vs Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park
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