Cobb gets first win in nearly two years, leading Orioles to first win of season; Updates on Means and Harvey - BaltimoreBaseball.com

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Cobb gets first win in nearly two years, leading Orioles to first win of season; Updates on Means and Harvey

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After nearly two years, pitcher Alex Cobb has another win, and the Orioles got their first of the 2020 season.

Cobb, who missed nearly all of 2019 after hip and knee surgeries, won for the first time since September 4, 2018, allowing one run on four hits in 5 1/3 innings in the Orioles’ 7-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday in Boston.

After their horrible 13-2 loss in the Friday night opener, the Orioles bounced back on the mound and at the plate.

They scored three runs in the first — the key hit a two-run, two-out double by Renato Nunez — and two more in the second. They added two more in the seventh after the Red Sox had closed to 5-2 in the sixth before reliever Miguel Castro struck out Xander Bogaerts with two on for the key out of the game.

“There’s no feeling like … giving every single one of your teammates a high-five or a fist pound, thanking them for working behind you,” Cobb said. “Them telling you how nice it was to play behind you.”

Cobb said he didn’t forget how nice it was to win, but he wasn’t sure when his last win came.

“It’s one of my favorite feelings in the game,” he said. “It’s just something I’ve been wanting to have for a long time. I never forget that feeling. I love it.”

Seven of the Orioles’ 10 hits came from the top three  players in the lineup. Hanser Alberto had three hits, leadoff hitter Austin Hays and José Iglesias, who hits third, had two.

“It’s no secret, I like guys that make contact,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “All three of those guys are going to give you a competitive at-bat. They’re in there for the fight.”

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Alberto had praise for Cobb, whose only run came on a Mitch Moreland home run with one out in the sixth.

“He had pretty good command,” Alberto said. “He kept the game always under control and allowed us to get to the dugout and breathe. He kept the ball on the ground.”

Cobb and four relievers — Paul Fry, Castro, Richard Bleier and Mychal Givens — didn’t walk a batter a night after Oriole pitchers walked seven.

It was Cobb’s first win since Hyde began as Orioles manager in 2019.

“Huge for us,” Hyde said. “I think it’s going to be a big boost getting [John] Means back, but the two guys that have really had success in this division … to have that is really nice.”

Cobb could get multiple starts at home when the Orioles begin an eight-game homestand on Wednesday. He’s yet to win at Camden Yards as an Oriole, but he was satisfied with his win at Fenway.

“It’s a very small step in that journey,” Cobb said. “There’s been a lot of work put into this journey, post-surgery rehab by a lot of people. Really thankful to everybody that’s helped me along this way. It’s nice to see results.”

Means on track to start Thursday: John Means, whose Opening Day start on Friday was delayed because of arm fatigue, thinks he’ll be ready to start Thursday against Miami.

“My arm feels great right now,” Means said in a video conference call from Bowie on Saturday. “It has for the past five, six days or so.”

He was disappointed that he was unable to pitch the opener.

“I just had a little tweak there in my last outing,” Means said. “For precautionary reasons, we slow-played it … It would have been a dream come true to pitch Opening Day at Fenway Park.”

In Means’ last instrasquad game on July 15, his discomfort was noticeable to Hyde and pitching coach Doug Brocail.

“It was taking longer than it should have to warm up,” he said. “Being honest with them is hard … how competitive I am. I wanted to pitch Opening Day. That was my goal. That was my dream.”

At this time last year, Means went on the injured list. He said what he felt last week was similar to what he felt in 2019.

“It’s so minor, it’s nothing structural,” Means said. “It was my biceps for the most part, just having some knots in it. The quick start probably had something to do with it. It’s hard to come back and start throwing  four, five, six innings.

“It’s going to happen. I was just hoping it wasn’t going to happen to me … We’re learning how to kick it out of it. Thankfully, it’s not anything too serious at all … I should be good to go for the rest of the year. I really don’t think this is going to come up again.”

Harvey won’t join Means: Reliever Hunter Harvey won’t be activated with Means when he’s eligible to come off the 10-day injured list on Thursday. Harvey is sidelined by a right forearm strain.

“He’s still in a progression,” Hyde said. “He’s going to start playing catch, hopefully soon, and it’s going to be monitoring and a bullpen and probably a sim game or two. I don’t think we have the timetable on him. I think we’re just watching him. He is progressing. It is getting better. Hopefully, he starts playing catch soon.”

Phillips makes in-season comeback: If the season had begun in March, relief pitcher Evan Phillips would have started on the injured list because of a right elbow injury.

During spring training, Phillips had his right elbow examined and was told to rest for an extended period.

“I had never dealt with an elbow injury before,” Phillips said. “I had really had no idea. What I was experiencing was new. It was a different kind of pain, a different kind of intolerance when I was throwing, and I was really struggling with how I was throwing. I was worried I would need surgery.”

After resting and working hard on his rehab during the 3 ½ months off, Phillips made the active roster.

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19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. CalsPals

    July 25, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    Who would’ve thought the 0’s would be tied for 2nd in the division this late in July…great win today, even w/ shaky 2B defense…glad to see Alberto come right back w/2 RBI’s right after slight bobble…go O’s…

  2. Boog Robinson Robinson

    July 25, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    Alex Cobb shows up. What a difference a healthy, bona-fide major league pitcher can make! Can we just order four more of these?

    Top of the lineup looked very good. Alberto continues to amaze, and Iglesias looks like a pretty decent shortstop. Great win

    Nothing to complain about today. Feels strange ….

    • Baltimore Castaway

      July 26, 2020 at 9:34 am

      BRR,

      Elias is surely keeping an eye on the trade market throughout MLB. If Alex Cobb keeps this up, Elias will seek to trade him for a good return in young talent. He is one of the few players on the current roster who would represent any trade value. Will be interesting to see how this develops.

      I know that is NOT what you want to hear…

    • CalsPals

      July 26, 2020 at 9:58 am

      I definitely see Elias trading him, but w/his last two yrs, one decent start, you won’t get anything substantial back, maybe as they say, two 16 ur old cabana boys…go O’s…

  3. BirdsCaps

    July 25, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    Enjoyable game. Cobb was on, which was great to see, and the bats were rolling. If Cobb can keep it up, he might fetch something at the deadline. Wonder how the expanded playoffs will affect the mkt?

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      July 25, 2020 at 8:33 pm

      If he keeps it up, how’s about keeping him around for next year?

      • BirdsCaps

        July 25, 2020 at 10:51 pm

        As much as I would love a miracle this yr or next, there is no real interest in winning for a few more yrs. It is also why in a cold business sense, the Mancini injury was so devestating. In a personal sense, I pray trey gets well soon. in a baseball/business sense his diagnosis probably cost the birds key pieces for the rebuild.

  4. NormOs

    July 25, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    One more outing like that for Cobb and he’s outta here. Genius 1 will trade his tuchus before the game is over. And he’ll trade him for two 16 year old left handed 2nd basemen. I’m sure that’s what the “analytics” call for.

    When does the REBUILD start?

    • ClayDal

      July 25, 2020 at 9:05 pm

      Don’t worry, Cobb won’t be traded. Coming off an injury, ineffective in 2018, and is owed 14 million next year. Going to take more than a 5 inning outing at Fenway to make other teams interested. He is only slightly less tradeable than Davis

  5. Bumble bee

    July 25, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    My orioles looked great today. Clutch hitting, shaky base running but good to outstanding pitching. Way to go guys. Keep it up

  6. Harvey kimbrough

    July 25, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Good game with pitching and hitting gives us smiling faces. Long time no see

  7. dlgruber1

    July 25, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    What I loved about today’s game was their ability to come out after a blowout loss and immediately jump out with a 3 spot followed by a deuce in the 2nd. Big early leads have been incredibly rare the last, what, 3 seasons. They showed up ready to play whereas Boston maybe just assumed another walk in the park. Hyde had them ready. Good for him.

    • CalsPals

      July 26, 2020 at 7:48 am

      Hyde may get credit for having them ready, that doesn’t seem how he rolls, they’re professionals, no one should have to motivate them, but, nice job Hyde, enjoy it…go O’s…

  8. Bhoffman1

    July 26, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    I see Crush is off to another hot start. Can someone tell me if he is making contact

    • dlgruber1

      July 26, 2020 at 3:51 pm

      He’s actually hit in some very tough luck so far. He’s only K’d once. He could easily have had at least 3 hits already.

  9. Hallbe62

    July 26, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Followed it up with another today to take the weekend series.

    Who would have ever imagined. Nice. Nice

  10. Hallbe62

    July 26, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Who was that 9th inning base running blunder on ?

    Davis ? 3rd Base Coach ? Both ?

    On the quick replay it kinda looked like the 3rd Base Coach got caught napping.

    • CalsPals

      July 26, 2020 at 5:16 pm

      Davis & a lil bit the coach, agree, he didn’t really start telling him anything until he’s already rounded 3rd, still CD needs to know how many outs there are, it’s not lil league…go O’s…

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