Orioles end satisfying season with flawed finish

Orioles end satisfying season with flawed finish

"I don't favour anything", Showalter said on Tuesday when asked if a homer-fest would be the optimal route for his team to advance.

What could be scarier for the Blue Jays than one inning of Baltimore super closer Zach Britton in the American League wild-card game? But they lost the game, and the series, when the Pittsburgh Pirates scored five runs in the next two innings off of 36 year-old Walter Johnson, the starting pitcher.

Even more curiously there was no precedent for Showalter's rigidity: Seven times Britton pitched in tie games this season and nearly 30 per cent of his innings were worked in non-save circumstances.

"We've got some guys that've been in it before and they have the knack of stepping up at the right time. Yeah, he was available".

"I like the job that Darren (O'Day) can do, I like the job that Brad (Brach) could do, I like the job that Mychal (Givens) could do, I like the job that (Brian) Duensing could do and it looked like it was one of those that was going to be more than one inning". Then entered Jimenez, who had a 5.44 ERA during the regular season.

Once, after a noticeably timid kid was sent up to pinch-hit in a game, the opposing pitcher struck him out on three pitches.

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Catcher Matt Wieters and closer Zach Britton embrace after a 5-2 win in NY secured them a playoff spot.

"It was frustrating just to sit down there and watch", Britton said. Yet, Showalter used six relievers, and though Britton warmed up in the bullpen, he was never used in the game.

One of them was Butch Durant, who died last weekend. Encarnacion immediately knew it was gone and raised both arms in triumph, index fingers pointed skyward. "I considered a lot of things during the course of the game".

Showalter heavily defended Jimenez, who surrendered three hits including the walk-off shot.

"Nobody has been pitching better for us than Ubaldo", Showalter said. "There are a lot of different ways to look and it but that's the way we went and it didn't work out".

Not bringing in arguably the team's best pitcher is indeed a head-scratching move.

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Gibbons wasn't surprised to see Showalter hold back his closer on the road. "Baseball has a way of throwing you a curveball and you've got to be ready for it". But I know the world that you have to live in. That brought on Liriano, who retired all five batters he faced.

The roof was open at Rogers Centre, formerly SkyDome, where all 24 previous postseason games had been played with it closed. The Orioles finished first the majors in home runs with 253.

Ezequiel Carrera's RBI single chased Tillman in the fifth. The Orioles' manager on Tuesday night, though, didn't do that.

With Trumbo, Manny Machado (37 homers), Chris Davis (38) and Adam Jones (29), the Orioles can be lethal when their bats get hot. One reason we got to the 11th inning was some superb defense by the Blue Jays, the team that led the American League in Defensive Efficiency (simply, the percentage of balls in play that are turned into outs) the past two seasons. "It can happen in any ballpark".

At home, following up the six-pack I had during the game with some much-needed whiskey, I felt the need to find a song to match the somber mood. Once O'Day was in, it again made sense to leave him on for the 10th inning. "Once the score was tied, I felt like when there was an opportunity for me in the game, I was gonna get in the game".

Showalter is known for being one of baseball's top bullpen tacticians making it all the more puzzling why he did not go to his closer at some point, especially during the eleventh in an attempt to quell any rally the Blue Jays were putting together.

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