Givens strikes out Trout during ninth-inning save; Orioles set homer record - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Givens strikes out Trout during ninth-inning save; Orioles set homer record

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ANAHEIM, California—The Orioles had a two-run lead heading into the ninth inning. If reliever Mychal Givens could work efficiently, he wouldn’t have to face Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani.

Instead, Givens walked Matt Thaiss with one out, and rookie shortstop Richie Martin failed to get an out on Luis Rengifo’s grounder. Thaiss ran on the grass to elude Martin’s tag but wasn’t called out of the baseline.

David Fletcher’s RBI single brought the Los Angeles Angels to within 8-7. With runners on first and third, Givens faced Mike Trout, who had hit a two-run home run in the first inning.

He struck out the slugger, and Trout is now 0-for-7 with four strikeouts against Givens.

During the at-bat, Fletcher stole second, and Shohei Ohtani was walked intentionally to load the bases. Givens got Justin Upton to pop to second on a 3-2 pitch, and the Orioles had their third straight win, 8-7.

“We’ve had some difficult ninth innings to watch,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “We made a young mistake with the ground ball, and we’ll learn from that. I guarantee that Richie … he is and is going to be a special defender, but Mike picked him up and got out of it, fantastic job.”

Givens picked up his ninth save, two days after his blown ninth-inning save opportunity helped set up the Orioles’ 16-inning win.

“I knew he wanted to be in a big situation again,” Hyde said. “And he got in one and got out of it, so good for him.”

Few pitchers have had that kind of success against Trout.

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“He’s a really good hitter, but at the same time, I trust my stuff and the matchups I’ve been having against him,” Givens said. “So just go and attacking him and just making pitches.”

Hyde didn’t call for Trout to be walked with runners on first and third and one out because of his confidence in Givens.

“Mike’s got elite stuff,” Hyde said. “Mike falls into trouble when he walks guys or gets behind on guys … [he] went after Mike Trout. Mike Trout’s an aggressive hitter and got ahead of him and put him away, so huge at-bat, huge job by Mike getting him out.”

Givens’ clutch performance could spark interest in teams looking for a reliever by the trade deadline Wednesday at 4 p.m.

“I have no idea,” Givens said. “I’m still wearing orange and black, so that’s all I’m worried about. I’m sticking with the guys I’m with right now. Trades have nothing to do with me. That’s the front office.”

Orioles’ offense rules: The Orioles have scored 27 runs in the three wins over the Angels. Home runs by Pedro Severino and Jonathan Villar gave the Orioles at least two home runs in 10 consecutive games, a major league record in a season when a number of home run records are likely to fall.

Severino had four hits for the second consecutive game. He was 4-for-8 in Thursday night’s 16-inning win, and is 8-for-13 in the two games.

“I’m making adjustments, every single day just working with [hitting coaches Don Long and Howie Clark], trying to get my swing to the middle. I don’t try to pull too many balls this year, just try to hit the ball to the right side.”

Severino had four RBIs, and became the first American League catcher with four hits, four RBIs and a stolen base since Ramon Hernandez did that for the Orioles on May 6, 2007.

Hanser Alberto had a two-run single in the eighth inning for the go-ahead runs

Villar had three hits.

Hot Orioles: Richard Bleier got the win. He’s 2-0 this season and 7-1 in his three seasons with the Orioles.

The Orioles have won their first four-game series and their record is 35-69. It’s their third three-game winning streak of the season and they’ve won seven of 10. Since June 28, they’re 13-11.

Last year, they didn’t record their 35th win until the 114th game, putting them 10 games ahead of last year.

Brooks’ night: Aaron Brooks was starting for the fourth time since joining the Orioles, and this start was his deepest. He left after five innings with a 6-5 lead. That lead evaporated when Albert Pujols homered against Miguel Castro.

Brooks allowed five runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out six.

Means hopes IL stay will be short: Pitcher John Means doesn’t think his sore left biceps is terribly serious.

“I felt it in the bullpen before my last outing,” Means said. “I cut that short. I actually felt better during the game. The third, fourth inning I was starting to feel it again.”

Means started on Wednesday in Arizona, and was put on the 10-day injured list before Friday’s game. The move was retroactive to Thursday.

He was on the 10-day IL with a left shoulder strain last month and was out just 10 days.

“It’s the same thing,” Means said. “I’m going to miss one start … I could start again. It’s just one of those things that I don’t want lingering and I want to attack as fast as I can because I want to finish the season strong, and I want to finish the season healthy.”

Means doesn’t think the injuries are related.

“It kind of happened and lingered,” Means said. “It’s one of those things you attack right away.”

He threw before Friday’s game and then the decision was made to place him to the IL.

“I tested it,” Means said. “It felt good, honestly. Just when I let loose a little bit, when I’m feeling max effort … It’s going to be tight if I keep on throwing so you might as well protect it now and not worry about it later.”

Means left the ballpark shortly before the game for an MRI on his biceps. Hyde said initial reports were positive. .

Hyde has not decided on a starter in Means’ place for Monday in San Diego.

Smith injured: Dwight Smith Jr. left the game in the third inning with soreness in his left calf. Hyde says it’s not believed to be serious.

Tate at home: Dillon Tate was in Binghamton, New York with the Bowie Baysox when he found out he was joining the Orioles. Even better, Tate was making his first appearance on a major league roster at a ballpark about an hour from where he grew up.

Tate arrived about a half-hour before Friday’s game.

“It was grab something to eat, lace ‘em up and get out there with the guys,” Tate said.

More bullpen work for Wilkerson?: Now that Stevie Wilkerson has made three successful relief appearances, Hyde isn’t contemplating more bullpen work for him.

“No, we’re going with the pitchers we have,” Hyde said. “I hope I never have to use Stevie again, to be honest with you, , but you never know. It probably will happen. The way this year’s going, probably it will happen at some point.”

Hyde said that Wilkerson has the right personality for relief.

“It takes a really confident person to be able to flip 55-mph cheeseburgers up there and not have any fear with the lead in the 16th inning and enjoy it.”

Wilkerson isn’t campaigning for a bullpen role.

“I think it’s a bit far-fetched, but I’d do anything the skipper tells me to,” Wilkerson said

Wilkerson donated a hat and a cap to the Baseball Hall of Fame after becoming the first position player to record a save.

Trumbo resting: Mark Trumbo, who homered on Tuesday night for Triple-A Norfolk at Rochester, is resting his surgically repaired right knee again.

“He’s taking a break,” Hyde said. “He’s taking a little bit of a breather. I don’t think he’s happy with how everything is feeling.”

Trumbo played two games for Norfolk in his latest rehab stint. He halted his previous rehab stint in mid-June.

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28 Comments

28 Comments

  1. CalsPals

    July 28, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Glad to see O’s winning, not a fan of booting the ball, especially if that’s Martins strong point, defense, I’m guessing we will trade Givens because someone will take a chance on him, but if we control him for a few yrs, I’d just keep him, I really don’t think we would get anyone substantial in return…go O’s…

  2. CalsPals

    July 28, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Go Trumbo, & take CD with you…

  3. Bhoffman1

    July 28, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Teach Adley how to play the outfield with the Severino and Sisco tandem we are set at catching for many years. I really believe if some of the young pitchers at Bowie make the club next year and Harvey and Dillion work out in the bullpen this team can be 500 next year. I know that’s not the plan. BTW my guy Mountcastle who’s not ready for the bigs had four hits last night. Up to 315. Does anybody really believe the strikeouts are holding him back . We all know it’s country boy Chris. My new plan for Chris is do not DFA him . Make him come to Spring training next year and just do not play him. Eventually he will do the honorable thing and retire. He has all the money he needs already to hunt in Texas and drink beer.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      July 28, 2019 at 9:06 am

      I think you may have it backwards …. teach Sisco how to play the outfield … not Adley.

      • Orial

        July 28, 2019 at 10:45 am

        Agree.

      • SpinMaster

        July 28, 2019 at 10:59 am

        B.R.R. I agree. Cisco started his pro career as an infielder so I would try him there and do it this year since it is a throw away year. I think a platoon of Pedro and Adley would be a great thing.

        • Jbigle1

          July 28, 2019 at 12:08 pm

          We aren’t going to platoon AR. When he’s ready he will be the guy. That’s not going to happen for at least another year so we have plenty of time for Severino to prove if he’s legitimate or not. We certainly aren’t moving AR off catcher for Sisco. The man who couldn’t throw out Buck Showalter trying to take 2nd base. Sisco’s stick does play though and if it’s possible I’d like to see him move over to the keystone or even 3B if they think the arm could play there.

          We don’t have a 2B prospect in our system at this point who could be a ML starter. Adam Hall is a possibility but he is years off and I fully expect we trade or non tender Villar by the offseason.

          I don’t believe Sevy has hit enough long enough to have a huge market right now but if he were to replicate this success through July next season; we may have a good trade chip. Either at the deadline or next offseason. We made the pick for Adley; that will be our guy. If Sisco can master 2B and we can get some solid prospects for Sevy down the line that’ll be huge for our success moving forward.

    • Bhoffman1

      July 28, 2019 at 12:34 pm

      The only reason I said that is that I thought Adley is more athletic and easier to learn another position. Plus catching wears you out and traditionally you have a much shorter career and Adley could become another Mike Trout in the outfielder he truly is that great a hitter

    • CalsPals

      July 28, 2019 at 12:44 pm

      Agree, Sisco should move…go O’s…

    • Raymo

      July 28, 2019 at 1:54 pm

      I agree with Bruce on his last points. Catching is hard on the bidy. Think Biggio, Mauer, and maybe Posey soon.

  4. Orial

    July 28, 2019 at 8:48 am

    Gary Thorne said it,we all know it–so why does Hyde insist on using Givens for more than one inning? I still insist these “zone” IF defenses are as much a hinderance as a help(thus the Martin bobble/indecision).

  5. cb

    July 28, 2019 at 8:55 am

    When/if Trumbo comes off the IL, they should release him.

    • Jbigle1

      July 28, 2019 at 12:15 pm

      They should. But they should’ve released Davis long before him. They may do just that or he may have another “setback” in his rehab. If the August trade deadline was still in play I could’ve seen us trying to get him on the field in hopes we could move a portion of his salary. With that out of the equation, there really isn’t much upside for the FO here. He’s just going to take away ABS or a roster spot from DJ Stewart or Austin Hays.

    • CalsPals

      July 28, 2019 at 12:50 pm

      Again, go Trumbo & take Davis w/you…go O’s…

    • ClayDal

      July 28, 2019 at 3:49 pm

      I get the hostility towards Davis- he signed a huge contract and has grossly underperformed. And as far as we know he’s completely healthy. But Trumbo suffered a debilitating knee injury and underwent surgery that has an 8-12 month recovery period. He’s tried to come back, probably too early, but his knee won’t cooperate. I’m sure if he had his preference he would be healthy and producing for the Orioles-or another team. He’s not taking up a spot on the roster and will be a free agent at the end of the year. Hopefully, he can resume his career but the odds appear against him. So let’s all leave Trumbo alone and save our invective towards Davis

  6. B.C. Bird

    July 28, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Finally there is evidence of improvement in the coaching staff. Orioles appear to be learning how to hit. Wonderbar

  7. Bancells Moustache

    July 28, 2019 at 9:06 am

    This iteration of the Baltimore Orioles, one of the worst teams in franchise history and trucking toward 100+ losses for the second straight year, just set the MLB record for consecutive multi-home run games.

    Don’t be ridiculous, NO WAY the ball has been altered this year…

  8. Dblack2508

    July 28, 2019 at 10:43 am

    This team is bad no argument here, however after last season these kids are giving a much better effort than last season’s debacle. Unfortunately the fans are in the first year of a 4 to 5 year rebuild. Trading Givens for the sake of saving salary is not a good thing, unless a team gives up atleast one high upside prospect, I would keep him until the off season.

    • Ekim

      July 28, 2019 at 10:50 am

      What? … and give him more chances to reduce whatever value other teams see in him… Just saying…

    • AZ ORIOLES Fan

      July 28, 2019 at 12:30 pm

      Dblack2508, you are correct this team does hustle and compete while we have our share of losses we are scraping

  9. ButchBird59

    July 28, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Somewhere at mlb.com (this means I don’t know whether it’s a genuine rumor or just a columnist thinking out loud), I read there might be some interest in Fry. His almost unique ability to get out lefty hitters might appeal to a contender. In any case, everything should be on the table so we’ll see.

    • Jbigle1

      July 28, 2019 at 12:19 pm

      There’s definitely interest in Fry. He generates Grounballs 66% of the time. That’s elite. He also has 5 years of control remaining. If we deal Givens; I hope we keep Fry. I think he could mature into a better pitcher and we have him for another 5 years. Why give that away for a small prospect now? Unless the offer is surprisingly strong i’d Like to have him. Not that it matters how many ballgames we win but we will need to pitch someone in the 9th inning for the next season and a half.

      If Fry could drop his walk rate and have success in a high leverage role for us; I would imagine the offer would be even better at next year’s deadline. I see no reason to send him out the door now.

  10. AZ ORIOLES Fan

    July 28, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    What is the hit if we do release Chris Davis, right now he is in another slump and there isn’t even power to consider. RM is tearing up the farm, can we send CD to the minors

    • Camden Brooks

      July 28, 2019 at 2:49 pm

      Davis would refuse a trip down.

  11. cb

    July 28, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Maybe they see no reason to start the arbitration clock with Mountcastle.

    • CalsPals

      July 28, 2019 at 1:30 pm

      I would agree, all financial right now & control…go O’s…

    • Camden Brooks

      July 28, 2019 at 2:51 pm

      Agree. Also with his defense, there isn’t a great place for him, which is a shame.

      • Jbigle1

        July 28, 2019 at 10:53 pm

        I’m more concerned about where he plays then the financial hit of it all. He’s going to be a low OBP DH. That sounds like Renato Nunez. Likely he has a better average but the OBP is going to be the same. Have to remember what we’re clamoring for here.

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