Orioles start August with a lopsided loss; Mancini, Villar happy to stay; Trumbo aims for September - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Orioles start August with a lopsided loss; Mancini, Villar happy to stay; Trumbo aims for September

Photo Credit: Joy R. Absalon

BALTIMORE—The Orioles returned home after a winning West Coast road trip and their first non-losing month in nearly two years. They began August with a decisive loss.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit two home runs and drove in four as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Orioles 11-2 on Thursday night.

Guerrero, whose father played the final season of his major league career with the Orioles in 2011, hit a two-run home run against Asher Wojciechowski, who gave up four runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Wojciechowski left after Randal Grichuk hit his ninth home run against the Orioles in 23 career games in the fifth.

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Jimmy Yacabonis gave up four runs in the sixth, highlighted by Danny Jansen’s three-run homer.

Dillon Tate retired the first six batters to face him until Guerrero hit a 450-foot shot against him in the eighth. Billy McKinney added a two-run shot with two outs in the ninth.

The Orioles allowed five home runs for the 14th time this season and have given up at least 10 runs for the 20th time in 2019.

Trey Mancini hit his 25th home run, a career high, in the eighth.

Wojciechowski was dealing with a sore right hip, Hanser Alberto injured a shin and Stevie Wilkerson fouled a ball off his knee. Manager Brandon Hyde said all had X-rays that were negative.

“I just didn’t feel that great today,” Wojciechowski said. “The hip was a little sore. I’ve dealt with it in the past. I’ve just got to get to work in the weight room and training room, just get the inflammation calmed down a little bit. But it’s something I’ve pitched through and I’ve dealt with throughout my career and it just came down to I didn’t execute some pitches today.”

Yacabonis’ ERA has inflated to 7.34.

“It just looked like he was yanking a lot of pitches and had a tough time putting guys away,” Hyde said. “Lot of deep counts. Almost 40-something pitches and got three outs. Just had a tough time finishing hitters and struggled through his three outs.”

Hyde was impressed with Tate.

“Dillon Tate’s the highlight of the game for me,” Hyde said. “I thought he threw the ball great. That was really good stuff. That was three pitches, 95, 96-mph sinker. Left the slider in the middle part of the plate to Vlad, but this guy threw 41 pitches [Monday]. He had two days off, and then today … extending him way further than I wanted to, but we had multiple guys down in the ‘pen today, so he picked us up big time. I loved the stuff that I saw. That last home run is on me.”

Players happy to stay: Jonathan Villar, who came to the Orioles from the Milwaukee Brewers at last year’s trade deadline, thought he might be moving again.

“I looked at my phone all the time,” Villar said  “I feel happy here because they’re always telling me, ‘play the way you do.’”

Mancini was certain he wasn’t going to be traded.

“I’m thrilled,” Mancini said “I’ve said that the whole time, that I want to be here. It’s definitely a good feeling. I wasn’t really expecting anything to happen. I would have been surprised. It was nice when everything came out at 4:15, 4:30.”

Trumbo looking at September: Mark Trumbo has again halted his rehab assignment but hopes to play next month.

Next month will be a year since Trumbo underwent surgery on his right knee. He’s played in the minor leagues on rehab assignments but has stopped them when he didn’t feel quite right.

“With the expanded rosters and how September usually plays out, it should be a little easier,” Trumbo said.

Trumbo is in the final year of a three-year, $37.5-million contract, and he wants to earn the money.

“My motivation is, I’m getting paid to play,” he said. “I think you owe it to yourself to give it everything you have. Personally, I feel an obligation to keep pushing ahead and doing what I can. It’s been a unique season. We don’t have any playoff aspirations, but I’d like to still help when I can. If that’s contributing a few hits in Septembers, that’s where it’s at.

Trumbo isn’t sure if he wants to continue his career in 2020.

“I don’t know yet,” he said. “Probably going to have to see a little bit of improvement with the health. If the symptoms don’t subside, then it’ll probably be pretty tough. If I can get some relief and feel like I did a few years ago, I think it would be something worthwhile … If I can be produce and look like a decent big league player in the month of September, I think it would give me a better shot to have a chance to get a job next year.”

Rondon arrives: Infielder Jose Rondon, who was claimed on waivers from the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, is looking forward to playing with the Orioles.

“This is a great opportunity to stay in the big leagues,” Rondon said through a translator, “and I’m looking forward to it.”

Rondon will play second, short and third.

“He’s an extra major league player that’s going to provide depth in our organization,” Hyde said.

Rondon pinch-hit for Wilkerson in the seventh and fouled out. He played third base for the final two innings.

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16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. CalsPals

    August 2, 2019 at 8:32 am

    FYI, youngens for Bluejays had their way with our pitching last night, we’ve played sooo well lately, last night looked like we’re playing for the first pick next year, again…go O’s…

  2. CalsPals

    August 2, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Kind of a bummer when a dog gets better airtime than some of our players….yikes…go O’s…

    • VICTORTEE

      August 2, 2019 at 9:05 am

      What are you talking about? The Oriole “dogs” have gotten WAY MORE airtime than they deserved this year.

      And “Bark at the Park” is MUCH more entertaining than the Oriole dogs.

    • CalsPals

      August 2, 2019 at 9:07 am

      Lmao…go O’s…

  3. Orial

    August 2, 2019 at 8:43 am

    Yaccobonis is not worthy of a 2020 look. But he’ll get one. So where does Rondon fit in with Alberto,Villar,Martin rotating at SS/2B? Sure hope these lower level pitchers are the real deal because these other supposedly highly rated relievers are awful. The first pick is back in sight.

    • Rich Dubroff

      August 2, 2019 at 11:27 am

      Rondon is one of numerous players they’ll look at in the final two months.

  4. ButchBird59

    August 2, 2019 at 8:48 am

    It was kind of frustrating listening to Hunter and Bordick interview Alex Wells and Zac Lowther while Wojo was getting bombed but, that’s the way it goes.

    One of those traditional sports omens last night. Loading the bases with nobody out and getting nothing early is the baseball equivalent of going the length of the football field on the first drive, scoring, and missing the extra point in football; beating the goaltender cleanly on your first shot and pinging the post in hockey; or hitting a perfect drive on the first hole, chipping it perfectly onto the green, and missing a two foot putt. Oh well, like I said, that’s the way it goes.

  5. NormOs

    August 2, 2019 at 10:30 am

    I guess they had to have a replacement for Broxton so they sign Rondon from the White Sox, another 200 hitter (barely). Of course, we’ll hear Thorne and Hunter and the other guys saying what a GREAT signing this was. I have a feeling that the guys doing the TV and radio think that all their listeners are fools and anything they say in protecting the O’s is to be believed…………..INCREDIBLE! Also, I bet Mancini and Villar were “afraid” they might have been traded to a contender, boy are they lucky!

  6. Bhoffman1

    August 2, 2019 at 10:31 am

    I like what Trumbo said I would like to play if only I can produce. Unlike Davis who is not producing and to quote him having a lot of fun this year.

  7. TheGreat8

    August 2, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Trumbo was a pleasant surprise when we got him. and I would not have had one quibble if they hadnt resigned CD after getting him. But the only way Trumbo was helping the O’s this year was playing well (and you know, playing at all) so they could’ve traded him. So with no waiver deadline this year, if he really wants to help now, retire now and save them some moolah.

    • Jbigle1

      August 2, 2019 at 12:08 pm

      Help who? Money saved only helps the owner. It doesn’t make the orioles better any sooner. They agreed to pay Trumbo, and they’ll do just that. It’s not Mark’s fault he’s injured. I’d be willing to bet they have an insurance policy on him and are collecting a portion of that salary back anyhow. .

      • Jbigle1

        August 2, 2019 at 12:18 pm

        As for next year we only have 30MM on the payroll. (Cobb + Davis plus some deferred money from our contracts)

        With projected arb raises we still should be south of this year’s payroll by at least 15 million bucks. I’m assuming we non tender Villar. Bundy, Givens, and Mancini will be our highest arb salaries but none of their salaries should check in above 5MM either.

        So if the orioles want to slash payroll next year, they’ll be able to do so without doing anything at all.

  8. willmiranda

    August 2, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Rich, I read often enough about players speaking through a translator although many
    of them have been playing in this country for years. Is this just to avoid their making
    inadvertent gaffes when speaking to the media, or do they need translators all the time?

    • Rich Dubroff

      August 2, 2019 at 11:34 am

      That’s a good question, Will. Miguel Castro uses a translator when he’s speaking at length with a coach or a manager. We have short conversations in English, but he’s not comfortable speaking the language.

      Anthony Santander is fluent in English, but as you surmise is nervous about speaking it in public.

      Gabriel Ynoa’s English is decent, but he’s comfortable with a translator.

      I just met Jose Rondon for the first time yesterday, and I’m not sure about his English.

      Hanser Alberto, Pedro Severino and Jonathan Villar don’t need a translator.

    • Bhoffman1

      August 2, 2019 at 11:41 am

      I see Vlad jr uses a translator like his dad. Was he raised in the Dominican Republic

    • Rich Dubroff

      August 2, 2019 at 1:17 pm

      I believe he was, Bruce.

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