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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2013
Sometimes statistics don't mesh with perception. In the case of Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen and his struggles in the late innings, things match up. Chen was cruising on Sunday afternoon when he got to the seventh. He had given up just four hits, a walk and one run through six innings. He got a strikeout to start the seventh - his fifth of the afternoon. He then walked Michael Saunders and picked him off trying to steal. Chen issued another walk, to eighth hitter, Brendan Ryan, before giving up a two-run, two-out homer to ninth hitter Henry Blanco on his 106th pitch of the game.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Dave Schaub had staked quite a lot on the Orioles as they attempted to rally against the Detroit Tigers in Friday's Game 2 of the American League Division Series. The sign the Middle River resident hoisted above his head said it all: "If the O's Win, We're Getting Married!" So it was just a little sweeter for him when Delmon Young's three-run double fell in to put the Orioles ahead in the eighth inning and Zach Britton closed out the 7-6 victory, which put the Tigers down 2-0 with the series headed to Detroit.
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | March 27, 2001
Arundel didn't get down after two questionable umpire calls against it, erupting for nine runs in its last two at-bats to defeat Severna Park, 13-6, yesterday in Anne Arundel County baseball. Tenth-ranked Arundel (1-1) got three hits each from Nick Pleyo and Bobby Goldbeck, a pair of doubles by Greg Mitchell and strong relief pitching by Travis Chamberlain and Bart Maxwell. "We have a young team that needs to learn how to win," said coach Bernie Walter, whose Wildcats lost their opener, 8-7, in the late innings to Southern-Harwood.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
CHICAGO - The first half of the Orioles' six-game, weeklong trip to Chicago was a success in more ways than one. They beat up on the floundering Chicago White Sox, sweeping the three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. Fate shined down on the Orioles, but that seems to happen when you're playing as well as this team's playing. On Tuesday, while the Chicago Cubs waited through a four-hour rain delay at Wrigley Field, not a drop fell on the city's South Side, even though the ballparks are less than 10 miles apart.
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By Dan Berger | September 23, 1996
Dole is at his best mean and nasty. The late innings are his time in the game.Hizzoner ordered the school boilers checked. If Soup Amprey had done that, no one would have noticed.The Justice Department is investigating Microsoft if it can find anyone on staff who can read software.Cheer up. Bosnia had an election.Pub Date: 9/23/96
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | August 25, 2007
It all happened so fast. In a span of three pitches by Jeremy Guthrie in the seventh inning last night, the Orioles' seemingly comfortable four-run lead was whittled to an extremely uncomfortable one-run advantage. And for anybody who has watched the Orioles bumble through the late innings on this homestand, it was easy to predict what would happen next. The Minnesota Twins scored twice in the eighth inning, both on sacrifice flies, and Torii Hunter hit a two-run shot off Danys Baez in the ninth, dealing the slumping Orioles another deflating loss, 7-4, in front of an announced 29,742 at Camden Yards.
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By Buster Olney | August 5, 1995
On the field: Winds at Camden Yards began to pick up in the seventh inning last night, and lightning flashed in the distance. With the score so one-sided, both teams seemed to pick up the pace, many hitters swinging at the first pitch in the eighth and ninth innings -- probably to avoid a rain delay.In the dugout: After the Brewers piled on the runs in the first four innings, taking an 11-4 lead, Orioles manager Phil Regan yanked shortstop Cal Ripken in the top of the eighth inning, Manny Alexander stepping in for the last two innings.
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By Jason LaCanfora and Jason LaCanfora,Contributing Writer Staff writer Roch Eric Kubatko contributed to this article | August 4, 1995
With the Orioles' bullpen leading the American League in relief appearances as August begins, the relievers could certainly use another pitcher to help out in the late innings.In September, that guy just might be Mark Eichhorn. He had surgery for a partially torn rotator cuff in February, but he has been throwing on the side for the past three weeks. Eichhorn has begun to throw for longer periods of time and from longer distances."I'm up to throwing for 20 minutes," Eichhorn said. "There haven't been any setbacks.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Evening Sun Staff | May 30, 1991
The ball bounced slowly but persistently past the greedy gloves of the shortstop and third baseman and safely into leftfield.Bob Melvin had a hit. The Orioles had a run. It was their second of the night and it would be all they would need. They beat the Cleveland Indians last night, 2-1, on Melvin's RBI single that ushered in pinch-runner Juan Bell in the seventh inning.For Melvin, it was no mean feat. He had been hitless in his previous 15 at-bats. His batting average had shriveled to .214.
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By Jason LaCanfora and Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF | October 10, 1996
NEW YORK -- The American League Championship Series was billed as the battle of the bullpens.Yankees closer John Wetteland vs. Orioles closer Randy Myers.Yankees setup specialist Mariano Rivera vs. Armando Benitez, Terry Mathews or whomever else the Orioles might march to the mound in the late innings.Round 1, or Game 1, went to the Yankees.The Orioles lost, 5-4, in 11 innings when Bernie Williams planted a Myers pitch in the left-field seats. Yesterday, the Orioles were unable to hold a lead, tomorrow it may go the other way."
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - When the Orioles signed right-handed relief pitcher Ryan Webb in December, executive vice president Dan Duquette quickly compared him to Jim Johnson, who had been traded earlier that month. And while the comparison wasn't necessarily fair since the departed Johnson had compiled back-to-back 50-save seasons before he was dealt to the Oakland Athletics, both possess heavy sinkers that can lead to early contact and quick outs, which can be valuable while pitching in critical late-inning situations in the American League East.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2013
Sometimes statistics don't mesh with perception. In the case of Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen and his struggles in the late innings, things match up. Chen was cruising on Sunday afternoon when he got to the seventh. He had given up just four hits, a walk and one run through six innings. He got a strikeout to start the seventh - his fifth of the afternoon. He then walked Michael Saunders and picked him off trying to steal. Chen issued another walk, to eighth hitter, Brendan Ryan, before giving up a two-run, two-out homer to ninth hitter Henry Blanco on his 106th pitch of the game.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2013
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones' dramatic two-run homer off Mariano Rivera on Sunday afternoon, giving the O's a much-needed 2-1 win to salvage a win in this weekend's series at Yankee Stadium, was his fifth homer in the ninth inning or later to give the Orioles a lead since the beginning of the 2012 season. That's the most in baseball, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Jones' ability to come through in the clutch is one of the reasons the Orioles often go into the late-innings knowing that they are always capable of winning.
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Peter Schmuck | May 21, 2013
The Orioles were not a perfect team in 2012, though it's easy to get nostalgic about their first truly competitive season of this century. They were plugging holes in the starting rotation throughout the summer. They needed several months to assemble an adequate defense. And clutch hitting was always an issue. The only component of the club that was never cause for serious concern was the bullpen, which was pretty much airtight and was the main reason the Orioles put up otherworldly numbers in one-run and extra-inning games.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2012
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he kept Nolan Reimold out of the starting lineup for Monday's series opener against the White Sox partially as a precaution because the Orioles leftfield had been dealing with a nagging leg cramp. That seemed to be news to Reimold when the starting lineup was posted before Monday's game. But for the third time in this young season, Reimold managed to play a key role in the late innings -- this time in the Orioles' 10-4, 10-inning win. After coming in to Monday's game as a pinch hitter for Endy Chavez in the seventh, Reimold hit a solo homer to lead off the ninth off Chicago closer Hector Santiago, crushing a 95 mph full-count fastball over the left-field fence.
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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2012
Orioles right-hander Kevin Gregg is not in denial. He acknowledges that it will be up to him to re-establish his late-inning credentials now that manager Buck Showalter has made it clear Jim Johnson is the full-time closer. "Ideally, my aspirations are to close," Gregg said Monday, "but I'm not blind to the situation I have in front of me here. " That situation still isn't 100 percent clear. Is he a setup man who will close on the days Johnson is not available?
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By ROCH KUBATKO | March 17, 2006
There are lots of things at spring training sites that you won't find in the majors, such as beer vendors still hawking their product with two outs in the ninth inning. When a Cardinals batter walked, I was looking for the tequila shots. And when Eddy Rodriguez got two strikes on the last batter, it was time to chug. Former Oriole Deivi Cruz moved from first base to third in the late innings, a good move by Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa if Cruz were 7 foot 2. Catcher Brian Bock chopped a bases-loaded single over Cruz's head in the ninth inning, scoring two runs and giving the Orioles a 4-2 victory yesterday.
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By John Eisenberg | October 26, 1999
Of all the indignities the Braves suffered in losing the first two games of the World Series at Turner Field, the worst, in a way, was their two-run rally in the ninth inning of their 7-2 loss in Game 2.That might sound strange -- scoring a couple of runs wasn't nearly as embarrassing as the Braves' poor fielding, poor hitting and poor pitching -- but they'd needed those late-inning runs in Game 1 the night before, and as usual, the Yankees' bullpen had...
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2012
The Orioles added yet another arm to their bullpen on Friday, signing reliever Luis Ayala to a one-year contract with a team option for 2013. Ayala gives the Orioles five right-hander late-inning relievers, joining Jim Johnson, Matt Lindstrom, Kevin Gregg, Pedro Strop and Alfredo Simon. But Ayala, who was 2-2 with a 2.09 ERA in 56 innings last season with the Yankees, serves a unique purpose, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. “Ayala has a good sinker and he gets his off-speed stuff over and he gets out righties and lefties,” Duquette said.
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By Dan Connolly | dan.connolly@baltsun.com | April 11, 2010
Six games into a season that is supposed to be more about wins and losses than development, the Orioles are creating a how-to guide on giving victories away. Instead of the now familiar late-inning bullpen implosion, the Orioles' 5-2 loss Sunday to the Toronto Blue Jays was spurred by an eighth-inning error by third baseman Miguel Tejada, the first at his new position and the first by an Oriole in 2010. "When things aren't going right for you and you give the other team a four-out inning, that's what happens," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said.
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