On Sunday the Baltimore Orioles (7-7) were in the middle of completing a three-game series with the Washington Nationals (4-7). The O’s had a 5-2 lead with one out going into the Top of the Sixth Inning when some bad weather entered into the Washington D.C. area and delayed the game.
The weather was so bad that it made the field of play at Nationals Park unplayable and the two teams decided to reschedule the game to this Friday, August 14 at Orioles Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles and the Nationals will have a series with one another during that time so it will be a double header with the the suspended game and the regularly-scheduled game will be 9.0-inning regulation games. The regularly-scheduled game will begin 45 minutes after the completion of the suspended game.
Baltimore bats continue to impress as they used a five run rally in the fifth inning to get them on the scoreboard. The Birds were able to see consecutive RBI hits from Bryan Holaday, Hanser Alberto and Anthony Santander to back what was an impressive pitching performance from starter Asher Wojciechowski, who went 3 2/3 innings striking out four batters.
The Orioles will have a day off today before starting a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The pitching rotation for O’s Manager Brandon Hyde shouldn’t change too much as it is projected that Alex Cobb and Wade LeBlanc are set to start the first two games of that series. Baltimore also has José Iglesias, Chris Davis and Pedro Severino (left hand contusion) back in the lineup for Tuesday’s series opener.
Baltimore continues to make some key moves for this 2020 season, as prior to the finale against the Nationals the team announced that they acquired pitcher Jorge López off waivers from the Kansas City Royals, adding the right-hander to the 60-man player pool.
López is hoping to make an immediate impact with the O’s as he is a MLB veteran with five MLB seasons with the Royals and the Milwaukee Brewers. The righty holds a 6.33 ERA in 123 2/3 innings with 39 appearances in 2019.
A former second-round Draft pick of the Brewers in 2011, López was a part of Milwaukee’s ’18 trade with Kansas City for Mike Moustakas. He nearly threw a perfect game that September, but he struggled to find results over parts of the next three seasons with Kansas City.
It will be interesting to see what Hyde will do with the newest addition to the team and how López can help the club as the season progresses.
Expected to take the mound for the Birds in Game 1 against the Phillies will be righty Alex Cobb (1-1, 2.51 ERA) who is set to take on Zack Wheeler (2-0, 2.08 ERA) in a game that is set to start at 7:05 p.m.
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