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  1. Wow. GR coming up small in his first playoff start. Gives up three earned runs in the first inning on three hits and a walk.
  2. Rutschman with two hits today, including his second HR as a Shorebird.
  3. While it appears there's going to be a lot of great pitching available in the next draft I hope the Orioles choose to go with the best position player available. The attrition rate among pitching prospects is just horrific, and in our position we need to hit on every top pick we have. Pack the minor league system with lots of good young position players, and then deal the excess for major league arms that have already made it to the big leagues in healthy condition.
  4. Six innings pitched tonight. No hits, one walk, seven strikeouts. One (unearned) run allowed. 84 pitches, 56 strikes.
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    Gray Fenter

    Five innings tonight — no hits, no walks, eleven strikeouts. 66 pitches. 50 strikes.
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    Shayne Fontana

    Also a member of Lone Justice and Marc Cohn's band.
  7. Clear and cool. Night full of stars. All the rain had stopped by 3pm.
  8. Had tickets front row row behind home plate last night. Game was called four hours prior to the 7pm start time, and as of game time the skies in Hagerstown were completely clear. I hate that these minor league parks have no drainage capabilities. If this had been a major league park there wouldn’t have even been a delay.
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    Toby Welk

    Okay, that's a little too inside baseball for me. What exactly is "the Estrada treatment"?
  10. Picked up another game on Detroit tonight, which makes four games picked up out of the last ten. As bad as the Tigers are I didn’t think that was possible. This whole suck-tastic race could be determined by the four game series in Detroit mid September. They took two out of three at Camden Yards earlier in the season, and if they win three at CoAmerica that may be all she wrote. Anybody know what the tie breaker procedure is if both teams end up with the same record?
  11. GR pitching against Lakewood tonight. After three innings he’s given up no hits, no walks, no runs, and struck out six.
  12. The failed scoop catch on Villar’s bad throw cannot be the proximate cause of this dust up. Davis makes that catch more often than not, and has bailed out his fellow infielders a hundred times over the years when they’ve yacked a throw to first. But no manager can expect the first baseman to make that play and blame him if he doesn’t. There has to be more to this than meets the eye.
  13. Since he changed his batting stance his swing is shorter to the ball, and it looks like he’s seeing pitches better. I wouldn’t expect him to be a consistent .300 hitter going forward, but .260 + shouldn’t be too difficult. Add that to his defense (which I think will also get better with experience) and we have a player with positive value.
  14. Don’t think we have a chance in hell of catching The Tigers for the #1 pick. Been in Detroit for the last week watching them on local TV, and am at the day game right now. As bad as the Orioles are I doubt that a single current Tiger position player is good enough to crack our lineup, and their pitching is probably a step down from us as well. I’d be surprised if these guys won 10 games the rest of the way.
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