This week's heat wave through much of the U.S. has exacerbated a record drought that is threatening farms and food prices.
On Friday evening Baltimore fell short 9-1 to Boston.
As the Orioles continued to struggle, Trey Mancini was the only thing that stayed constant.
The Orioles have extended the record and are now one of the only two teams to have allowed at least 250 home runs in a season.
SP Aaron Brooks had three poor innings. Starting with his fastball being tagged by Mookie Betts, followed by the changeup hit by Rafael Devers for an RBI double and the slider was smoked out at about 102 mph by J.D. Martinez.
In the top of the 3rd, OF Mancini extended his hitting streak to 10 games when he doubled on a line drive to right fielder Mookie Betts and Johnathan Viller scored tying the score 1-1. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Following in the third, 1B Chris Davis had a fly ball that barely went anywhere.
RHP Thomas Eshelman closed the final two innings against Boston. He allowed three runs on three hits and a walk, finishing with a 6.50 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 36 innings this season. The Orioles optioned him to Triple-A-Norfolk for a fresh arm.
OF Dwight Smith Jr. has been out all month with a strained left calf. Before the start of the game on Friday Smith did some running in the outfield and is expected to be ready for a rehab assignment soon.
OF DJ Stewart suffered a concussion earlier this month and has been sidelined for a week and a half.
OF Dwight Smith Jr.: Calf, Expected tp return in late August
RP Josh Rogers: Elbow, Out indefinitely
SP Alex Cobb: Back, Out until 2020
DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, Expected to return in September
Saturday, 8/17: Orioles @ Red Sox, 7:10 p.m., Fenway Park
Sunday, 8/18: Orioles @ Red Sox,1:05 p.m., Fenway Park
Monday, 8/19: Royals @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Kauffman Stadium
Source Credit: Rotoworld
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Ladies and gentlemen, it doesn't get much better than this.
The same night the Mystics clinched a playoff spot with an 86-79 win over the Minnesota Lynx, Natasha Cloud made some history of her own.
With 8:25 left in the first quarter, Cloud hit an open Elena Della Donne who finished strongly at the basket. With the pass, Cloud became the franchise's all-time leader in assists.
We’re on Cloud 9️⃣ for Tash’s assist record❗ pic.twitter.com/N6KLS7o9Zz— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) August 17, 2019
Drafted by the Mystics back in 2015, Cloud has been integral to the team's rise to the top of the standings. She's averaging a career-high 5.4 assists and 8.8 points while leading the team in minutes at 32.3 per game.
Needless to say, her teammates were excited for her.
Hopefully, this magical season will finish with a championship, redeeming the Mystics of their 2018 Finals loss.
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