Orioles make MLB history with back-to-back 13-0 wins over Indians; Cashner dominates - BaltimoreBaseball.com

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Orioles make MLB history with back-to-back 13-0 wins over Indians; Cashner dominates

Photo Credit; Joy R. Absalon

BALTIMORE—A night after the Orioles broke out of their funk with a stunning 13-0 win over the Cleveland Indians, they did it again.

Sparked by a six-run fourth inning and the pitching of Andrew Cashner, the Orioles duplicated their Friday success against the Indians with another 13-0 win on Saturday.

According to STATS, the Orioles are the first team in Major League Baseball history to record consecutive shutout wins of at least 13 runs.

The six-run fourth, which included home runs by Anthony Santander and a two-run shot by Renato Nunez, equaled the Orioles’ biggest inning of the season. Santander and Chance Sisco are 9-for-18 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in the two games.

Sisco hit a two-run home run, his fourth and his second in as many games, in the sixth. Nunez hit his 18th in the seventh against Mike Freeman, a third baseman whom manager Terry Francona turned to in desperation.

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Nunez had four RBIs. Trey Mancini, who could be named to the American League All-Star team on Sunday, had three hits and three RBIs.

With the win, the Orioles won two straight games for the first time since May 4-6 and won their first series since April 22-24. They hadn’t won a  series since April 22-24, a streak of 18.

They recorded their first back-to-back shutouts since September 2-3, 2016. The Orioles are 24-58 and 11-30 at home.

“I thought we had a couple week stretch where we took our lumps and didn’t play our best baseball,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “To watch Chance Sisco develop. … He’s a young catcher that just caught back-to-back shutouts against the Cleveland Indians, a playoff club, That says a lot.

“Tony Santander, the way he’s swinging the bat, Nunie, obviously two homers. There’s just really good stuff from our young players the last two days. Yeah, I think we’re fun to watch.”

Cashner’s day: Andrew Cashner pitched seven scoreless innings. He allowed just three hits, walked one and struck out six. It matched his longest start of the season.

“Early in the game I thought it was fastball/changeup, but once we got in the game and guys were swinging the bats really well and kind of blew it open, they kind of are handcuffed and have to take a pitch,” Cashner said.

“I was trying to throw it down the middle. After that long inning, a leadoff walk, that’s one of those things you can’t do, but I trust my stuff and was able to get the double play after that. I thought it was one of the best changeups I’ve had this season.”

About a half-hour before the start of the game, it was announced that Shawn Armstrong would start, but after a rain delay and much speculation, Cashner was again announced as the starter.

“We figured it was going to rain between 45 minutes to an hour,” Hyde said. “We just didn’t feel like we wanted to burn Cashner if we knew it was going to rain in an hour, or less. So, we switched to Armstrong who we thought could go a couple of innings, anticipated the rain possibly coming and was going to pitch Cashner after that and fortunately we got a delay to start the game and was able to pitch Cashner.”

Cashner, whose record is 8-3, enjoyed the offensive support.

“Especially after last night, it’s kind of crazy,” Cashner said. “I don’t know how many runs we’ve scored in two days, [26], but these guys have been grinding in here and to see these guys swing the bats like they are is impressive.”

Hyde getting two strong starts in a row. John Means allowed just one hit in five innings on Friday.

“Means was phenomenal last night,” Hyde said. “I thought this was Cash’s best start of the season. His changeup was a plus-plus pitch against a mainly left-handed lineup, was able to locate his fastball and got a ton of groundballs to the right side off the left-handed hitters. Amazing job of changing speeds and his changeup was working in the zone and below …”

Eutaw Street century mark: Santander’s fourth-inning home run landed on Eutaw Street. It was the 100th homer to land there in the 28 seasons of Oriole Park, which opened in 1992.

Sisco hit the Orioles’ first of the season on Friday night. It was the first time the Orioles hit Eutaw Street home runs on consecutive days since June 29 and 30, 2012, when Matt Wieters and Chris Davis did it. Davis is the overall leader with 12.

Of the 100 balls hit on Eutaw Street, 55 have been hit by visitors.

Harvey to Triple-A: For the first time in his professional career, Hunter Harvey will pitch in Triple-A. Harvey was moved from Double-A Bowie to Norfolk.

Since Harvey, the Orioles’ top pick in the 2013 draft was moved to the bullpen by the Baysox, he has allowed just one hit in nine innings, walked two and struck out 11.

Who starts Monday?: The Orioles haven’t named a starter for Monday’s game at Tampa Bay.

“We have some gaps to fill, and we’ll do that shortly,” Hyde said. “We’re looking at the whole organization and see what we’re going to do. We’re not sure as of right now.”

The Orioles have 39 players on the 40-man roster.

Jimmy Yacabonis started twice, and the now-injured Josh Rogers followed him. Hyde has indicated that he’d prefer not to start a reliever because that could affect the entire bullpen for a few days after the game.

Dylan Bundy and Means will start Tuesday and Wednesday.

Signing another: According to MLB.com’s Jim Callis, the Orioles have signed Stanford first baseman Andrew Daschbach, their 11th-round pick, for a reported $250,000. They’ve signed their first 13 picks and 33 of 41 overall.

University of Pittsburgh pitcher Dan Hammer, drafted in the 13th round, is the highest unsigned player. He was scouted by Nathan Showalter, son of former manager Buck Showalter.

21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. Bancells Moustache

    June 29, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Working hard to give Toronto number 1 overall next year.

  2. ButchBird59

    June 29, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    26 runs and 18 shutout innings in two games. It’s a start. 🙂
    As bad as this team has been, if only they had that third pitcher after Means and Cashner … [sigh]

    Speaking of “If onlys”, I’m really happy for Hunter Harvey. He’s really been lights out since the move to the bullpen!

    • Camden Brooks

      June 30, 2019 at 3:15 am

      And if only they had that 4th and 5th pitcher after that 3rd pitcher after Means and Cashner.

      • ButchBird59

        June 30, 2019 at 8:55 am

        You have to crawl before you can walk and walk before you can run. 🙂
        Seriously, nobody expected/expects the Orioles to be competitive for a couple of years. However, as Rich pointed out in one of his comment replies, a few bridge players here and there would be nice to at least put a competitive product on the field to entice patrons to the ballpark. Looking back at the first half of the season, just having a 3rd starter could have won a bunch more series . In a frustrating coincidence, last night Dan Straily pitched 5 shutout innings; David Hess 3 more…in Norfolk not Baltimore. Ouch. 🙂

  3. Le Merlu

    June 30, 2019 at 1:46 am

    A way to begin the playoff run!

    • CalsPals

      June 30, 2019 at 7:57 am

      Heck, win the rest of the games & we’ll host playoff games…go O’s…

  4. Bhoffman1

    June 30, 2019 at 8:27 am

    Give me a little credit for championing Sisco when I was told he is weak defensibly and a steak hitter. We don’t know if this is the beginning of something really good but possibly him or Adley better find a new position to play besides first base because that’s Mountcastle and Mancini position and we can’t have two catchers. Severino is a perfect backup. This team will really show they are serous the day they DFA Davis. He’s just blocking progress.

    • Bhoffman1

      June 30, 2019 at 8:28 am

      Streak lol

      • Jbigle1

        June 30, 2019 at 10:38 am

        Only 50 abs Bhoff. So far, so good. I would not count my chickens before they hatch though. He tore the big leagues up in his first 22 abs in 2017 as well. I’m hopeful it’s for real but time will tell.

    • CalsPals

      June 30, 2019 at 8:52 am

      I like steak, move Sisco to 2nd, was a SS when drafted, Biggio was already an all star at catcher, but the move to 2nd cemented & prolonged his career…go O’s…

    • Bhoffman1

      June 30, 2019 at 10:58 am

      Sisco to second sounds good. Now only if Mountcastle could learn 3rd again

    • Camden Brooks

      June 30, 2019 at 1:27 pm

      Actually the credit goes to Elias and Hyde. They correctly sent the kid to the minors against your advice, and pulled him up when they thought he was ready.

  5. CalsPals

    June 30, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Broxton (sp ?) needs to ditch his Mets glove & get something orange & black…go O’s…

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      June 30, 2019 at 9:26 am

      Been thinking the same thing for weeks CalsPals. Let’s add Smith Jr & his Toronto blue mitt to the list!

      Totally psyched about Harvey in the Pen move …maybe they’ve found the key to salvaging this guy.

      Also, give Hyde credit for the creative thinking regarding the rain/Cashner thing … you know, saving him from being used up before a rain storm. Maybe this is commonplace strategy in clubhouses everywhere, but I’ve never heard of it before. Certainly had the heads at MASN confused.

  6. Roenickstein

    June 30, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Sure is nice to make MLB history for something positive for a change!

  7. Orial

    June 30, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Sisco’s the man. Directed 2 straight shutouts. Pedro who? If Severino catches today and they give up 8 runs I’ll really start to wonder. Ya never know.

    • Camden Brooks

      June 30, 2019 at 1:28 pm

      Don’t go crazy….it didn’t hurt that Means and Cashner pitches those 2 games.

  8. SpinMaster

    June 30, 2019 at 10:23 am

    It is nice to see contributions at the plate from players other than Mancini, Alberto and Villar. I really hope that after the All-Star festivities are over (AAA All-Star game, Futures Game) that we bring up Mountcastle and see what he can do in majors. There really isn’t anything else he needs to prove at AAA.

    • Jbigle1

      June 30, 2019 at 10:45 am

      10 walks to 73 strikeouts. That’s a gigantic thing to work on. When guys get called up from AAA it’s expected that their walk rate will go a bit south while the K rate heads slightly north. He doesn’t really have a lot space for that to happen. I’d really like to see that get better or I think you’re in for a disappointment.

      • Hallbe62

        June 30, 2019 at 1:32 pm

        Walks are extremely important to that OBP. Growing into a far more important metric than batting avg. Yes, Mountcastle will definitely need to improve there.

    • Camden Brooks

      June 30, 2019 at 1:50 pm

      His fielding concerns me more. I think his BB/K ratio will improve from that of a 22-year old…I hope.

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