Orioles bring extra defense to extra-inning rule in 5-4 win over Rays; Elias reacts to Marlins' scheduled visit - BaltimoreBaseball.com
Rich Dubroff

Orioles bring extra defense to extra-inning rule in 5-4 win over Rays; Elias reacts to Marlins’ scheduled visit

Photo Credit: Joy R. Absalon

BALTIMORE—The Orioles got their first experience in extra-inning baseball in 2020, and they liked what they saw.

Pat Valaika’s single to right scored Bryan Holaday from third base to lift the Orioles to a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in 11 innings Saturday night at Camden Yards.

The Orioles turned double plays in the 10th and 11th to prevent the Rays’ extra runner from scoring. In the bottom of the 10th, Hanser Alberto, who started the inning on second, was thrown out at home on an infield grounder by José Iglesias.

In the bottom of the 11th, Holaday, whose contract was selected earlier in the day, began the inning on second. Pedro Severino’s bunt moved him to third. After Rio Ruiz was walked intentionally, Chance Sisco struck out and Valaika’s bloop single won it.

Teams and fans are adjusting this season to the new rule, which places the batter who made the last out of the previous inning on second to begin the inning.

“Baseball purists don’t love it,” Valaika said, “But there’s something to quickening up some of these marathon extra-inning games. They’re not fun.”

Holaday, a catcher who had come into the game to play first for the 11th, snared Manuel Margot’s line drive and threw to Valaika at short for an inning-ending double play.

An inning earlier, Cedric Mullins, who was also a defensive replacement, caught Yoshi Tsutsugo’s fly ball in deep left and made a perfect one-hop throw to third to get Ji-Man Choi trying to advance. It was the first leadoff double play in baseball history.

It was manager Brandon Hyde’s first experience with the new rule, which won’t be used in the postseason.

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“I’m glad to get that one under my belt,” Hyde said. “It’s definitely different. I did enjoy it. There’s a lot that goes into it. I’m glad we came out with the win. It makes it exciting, for sure. I’m sure it’s exciting for the fans. It’s pretty nerve-wracking in the dugout … I didn’t know what that was going to be like, but that was a lot of fun.”

Travis Lakins, the Orioles’ fifth reliever, got the win after pitching a scoreless 11th.

The Orioles are 4-3, and will try for their first series sweep since August 2018 on Sunday.

Wade LeBlanc started and held the Rays to a run on four hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Mike Brosseau, who has seven career home runs, six of them against the Orioles in nine games, led off the sixth with a homer, and LeBlanc left after retiring Tsutsugo on a fly ball to left.

Renato Nuñez hit his first home run of the season, leading off the fourth, and Ruiz’s single scored Dwight Smith Jr. in the fourth for a 2-0 lead against Tyler Glasnow.

Pedro Severino’s run-scoring single and Ruiz’s sacrifice fly in the sixth gave the Orioles a 4-1 lead.

Evan Phillips retired the first five batters he faced but gave up a leadoff single to Joey Wendle in the eighth.

Yandy Diaz bounced to Shawn Armstrong, who relieved Phillips, but Armstrong’s throw to second was wide, and both runners were safe. With one out, Tsutsugo walked, and Jose Martinez blooped a single to center for a run.

Against Miguel Castro, Brandon Lowe bounced into a fielder’s choice to score Diaz, and Kevin Kiermaier singled to right, tying the score at 4.

Marlins coming here: The Miami Marlins, whose four scheduled games with the Orioles were postponed last week because of an outbreak of Covid-19 on the team, will play those four games at Camden Yards on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Miami has yet to play since July 26.

Major League Baseball said that a doubleheader will be played on one of those days the Marlins are in Baltimore. Miami will be the home team for two of the four games.

Executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias said he’s not concerned about the Marlins playing at Oriole Park, even though as many as 18 players have tested positive for the virus.

“We’re not worrying about the Marlins coming here,” Elias said in a video conference call on Saturday.

“Anyone who’s here is going to have gone through testing and protocols more than the general public does, way more than the general public does. Our intake and all the extra vetting that’s gone into settling out the Marlins’ situation, so by the time they get in here, we’re going to have a total understanding of that.

“On top of that, we’ve got our own protocols here that we’re hopeful that if ever someone is in the building, and is carrying the virus, those protocols will prevent any spread if we all adhere to them.”

Elias on Harvey: Hunter Harvey, who has yet to pitch this season because of right forearm tightness, is improving, according to Elias. Harvey did have an MRI.

“The results that we got this time were good with him,” Elias said. “He is cleared to throw. He’s going to be starting his throwing progression here in the next couple of days. It’s going to be a few weeks, not sure how long it takes to build back up and feature velocity and face hitters and do everything we do when we’re ramping somebody up from a no throw. I think he’s going to be back.”

Hyde’s challenges: Hyde has had a difficult two seasons as Orioles manager. He wasn’t hired until just before Christmas in 2018, and watched this team struggle to its second straight 100-plus loss season.

This year, he’s had to adjust to the pandemic.

“Honestly, I wake up in the morning, I see what’s happening around the world and around sports and around our sport, put on my fireman’s hat and try and put out fires until 7:35,” Hyde said.

“I don’t know that there’s a class you can take about what we’re going through every day. It’s not a pity-party situation, either. I’m happy to be here. I’m happy to be with our guys. I think that there’s a serious issue going around, and we’re very, very aware, and we’re going to do everything we can to do our part to try to keep this thing going. I hope it continues.”

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20 Comments

20 Comments

  1. Orial

    August 2, 2020 at 8:31 am

    Win or lose I cast my vote a “YEA” for the new extra inning rule. Yes I’m an oldtimer but not against efforts to spice things up and after watching the 2 extra innings play out scoring from 2nd is not a given. All it takes is some bonehead baserunning(Choi/Alberto)to complicate matters. LF is begging/calling for Mountcastle. Hays will be fine(I hope). Come on Harvey/Tate this Scott/Fry act is getting a little old. I see Mr. Davis is doing his best to give other players a chance to play but not the right ones. Btw–calling Mr Yusniel Diaz we’re STILL looking for you. Mr. Sisco you still make me yawn. Overall an enjoyable team to watch-so far.

    • CalsPals

      August 2, 2020 at 8:51 am

      Agree, as another old timer & baseball traditionalist I do like the extra inning rule, disappointed they won’t use it in the playoffs…go O’s…

  2. cedar

    August 2, 2020 at 9:08 am

    With regards to this season, I think Hyde’s description of his job, “…try and put out fires until 7:35.” is pretty spot on. One could argue that’s been the case his in his very short tenure with the O’s. The players he has been given, the trades that have been made, and the intentional slow pace of which prospects are coming up,I’d argue that is all he has been able to do.

  3. Bhoffman1

    August 2, 2020 at 10:09 am

    In a few weeks the season will almost be over. It’s not a good sign that Harvey gets injured so easily.

    • Ekim

      August 2, 2020 at 11:04 am

      That’s a VERY good thing… just sayin…

  4. Boog Robinson Robinson

    August 2, 2020 at 10:12 am

    I like the new rule, and I’m surprised that I am saying that. Of course, if we had lost, I’m not sure I’d be saying the same.

    So I’m on record as being a Sisco fan. And he failed to produce an RBI in his golden opportunity last night in extra innings while dropping his BA to .200. So go ahead and rub it in my nose if you must, but wasn’t management’s beef with the kid prior to this season his lack of plate discipline? Lord knows he hasn’t had many appearances to this point, but I’m wondering if his 4 walks and .556 OBP are an indicator of a new disciplined approach? It’s a mistake not having him in the lineup most every night.

    Hey … and a big thumbs up to Wade LeBlanc in his 2nd start, ‘eh boys?

  5. Raveonjo

    August 2, 2020 at 10:34 am

    Another purist here: I’m surprised that I don’t hate the extra inning rule. I’ve seen it before in Bowie and reflexively hoped it’d never come to the majors, but I was on the edge of my seat last night.

  6. CalsPals

    August 2, 2020 at 10:40 am

    I know it may sound minor, but I definitely see how strategic it could be, EVERY O’s game this yr Hyde turns in his line up way earlier than whomever they’re playing, why? Other teams can base some of their strategy one he lineup being in hours before they turn theirs in…don’t get it…go O’s…

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      August 2, 2020 at 12:09 pm

      There is a lot about Hyde I don’t get lately.

  7. Hallbe62

    August 2, 2020 at 10:52 am

    SWEEP ! SWEEP !

  8. Ekim

    August 2, 2020 at 11:25 am

    I still refuse to watch “Fake” baseball. However, I still follow (not to the same degree as in the past) what’s going on. Not to any great surprise I see that Stewart and Mullins continue to perform as minor leaguers… 0 for 18. Why are they still here when Mountcastle sits just down the road at Bowie? Just to save a few bucks? Unf——-g believable. Then, to ad to that the mighty CD is batting an inglorious 1 for 13. Add that to Stewart’s 0 for 11 and Mullins 0 for 7 makes for a total of 1 for 31. It’s mind boggling! You guys who watch are masochists. Hope you’re having fun… just sayin…

    • Bancells Moustache

      August 2, 2020 at 11:38 am

      And somehow they sit 4-3 and could sweep a team some have picked to win the Series

  9. BunkerFan

    August 2, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    HI Rich,
    Nice to be back writing and watching O’s baseball again!
    With regard to the Bleier trade: do you have any idea of how the PTBN process works. Do they exchange potential names before the trade is made? Do both teams have categories of players…let’s say for simplicity AA, A, B, and C. So each team must have their own internal lists. SO the Marlins would say you can have one B player from our group. And that player would be rated too by the O’s scouting system and would be a category B or A player. So do the Marlins provide a list or a group for the O’s to pick from?
    I ask because I am kind of stunned that the O’s didn’t wait longer until Bleier’s value had increased and trade
    him at the deadline.

    • Rich Dubroff

      August 2, 2020 at 12:27 pm

      Harold, they won’t decide on players now because a player may come up with an injury. They understand the general category of player they’re looking at; sometimes teams eachange lists, but because of this year, things are way different.

      The reason for trading Bleier now was that the Marlins were desperate for pitching, and the Orioles may have gotten a better prospect from them, they’re considered to have a good farm system, than for someone else. Why wait? We don’t know if there’s going to be a season on August 31. I think they will, but you never know.

  10. Bhoffman1

    August 2, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    You know I’ve championed Mason Williams but I’ve given up on that and hope they trade him but the guy that made the team DJ Steward sure looks terrible. He hardly makes contact. He should be at Bowie working on his game

  11. Bhoffman1

    August 2, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    Mullins and DJ have something in common so far triple zero. Mullins looks like a little leaguer at bat and DJ looks like a stiff. The game is still young so maybe they will make me eat my words.i do like the two utility guys they are a big improvement over Wilkerson although they might not pitch as well

    • CalsPals

      August 2, 2020 at 1:58 pm

      Ok, granted I’m old, but seriously, is this summer softball or is Milone 16 years old, who wears 69, c’mon man…go O’s…

  12. CalsPals

    August 2, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    Milone/Hyde, one pitch too many…go O’s…

  13. Raymo

    August 2, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    I gotta say, I really like this Scott Garceau replacing the insufferable Gary Thorne. I wouldn’t mind if that became permanent.

    I also like big Ben, except he talks way too fast. Slow down there big guy. I could also do without that Louisiana drawl, but that’s just my northern ear.

    Excellent series against the Rays. Let’s keep it going against the hobbled Marlins.

  14. Okoriole

    August 3, 2020 at 12:20 am

    I think Scott Garceau is a good addition to this year’s broadcast team and I am a Gary Thorne fan as well. Ben McDonald is very knowledgeable.

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