The decisive play was the ball that Valaika muffed, leading to Smith's error. With a man on first and nobody out, Valaika missed the ball going by him. It was hit hard to his left but looked like a clean hop that he just missed. Would have at least got the lead runner and could have been a double play. Instead they got 1st and 3rd with nobody out, and both runners scored to put the Marlins ahead for good.
(vs. MARLINS, 8/06)
This was an awful game for the Orioles' defense at-large.
The fact that they lost the game by a score of 8-7 makes it sting even more.
Even though he was not charged with an error, a misplay by Patrick Valaika in the 3rd inning prevented what should have been the 3rd and final out of the frame ........ the Marlins subsequently scored 2 runs on the very next play in the extended inning, turning a 3-2 Orioles lead into a 4-3 deficit.
2 additional errors later in the game by Anthony Santander and Dwight Smith, Jr sealed the team's fate.
Hays and Mancini both had years over .900 at Bowie. It can be done. I would want a AA prospect to be more than "fine" before making the jump to MLB.
Are you saying Diaz's numbers at Tulsa should be adjusted down? That only proves the point he is not ready.