The Orioles History of Walk-Off Errors (Here’s Looking at You, Eutaw Street Report)

Dick Kryhoski Card.jpgThe Orioles defeated the Rockies 3-2 on a walk-off error Monday night when pitcher Jordan Lyles misplayed a Manny Machado tapper back to the mound and failed to gun down Adam Jones, who left third base on contact and then hesitated midway down the line.

Shortly after the game ended Eutaw Street Report threw down the gauntlet.

So here it is, the O’s history of walk-off errors, as compiled using the “Batting Event” feature and a season-by-season search in Baseball Reference’s Play Index.

Monday night’s victory was the 20th game that the Baltimore Orioles have won on a walk-off error. The first such victory came on June 23, 1954 during the O’s first season in Baltimore.

Here are some additional interesting historical tidbits:

  • The Orioles have won multiple games via a walk-off error in three different seasons: 1955, 1956, and 1961.
  • The O’s have twice won 17-inning games on an error, in 1954 and 1974. They once won a 16-inning game on an error, in 1957.
  • Chicago White Sox pitcher Dixie Howell committed game-ending errors versus the Orioles in consecutive seasons (1956 and 1957). Chicago lost three games to the O’s that ended on errors during those two seasons.

The greatest walk-off victory via error may have been a 1988 game versus the Yankees when the O’s scored three runs on a bases-loading throwing error by third baseman Mike Pagliarulo.

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A Tale of Nolan Reimold Walk-Off Homers

Nolan Reimold Mini Bobblehead NightSunday’s Orioles game had gotten just strange enough that it needed an unlikely hero to top things off. Caleb Joseph had his shot at the role but didn’t earn the part. Instead, Nolan Reimold became the Orioles’ leading man.

Yes, that Nolan Reimold. The one who had gone 0 for his last 16. The one who hadn’t had an RBI since July 11. The one with one hit since July 2. The one who had struck out six times in his last three starts.

Of course Reimold hit a three-run, walk-off homer. That’s baseball. That’s Orioles Magic. It was the O’s fourth walk-off win of 2016 and the Indians’ seventh walk-off loss of the season.

The victory gave the Orioles a three-game sweep of the A.L. Central-leading Indians and a four-game winning streak following a four-game losing streak that saw the O’s briefly relinquish first place.

If anyone knows how baseball’s tides can change, it’s Reimold. Consider what has happened for Reimold and for the Orioles over the course of his three walk-off home runs.

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Of Odrisamer Despaigne and the Rare Four-Inning Save

Odrisamer Despaigne.jpgOdrisamer Despaigne came within one out of recording a four-inning save for the Orioles on Friday night. The four-inning save is an infrequent occurrence in this age of pitching specialization, but just how rare is it?

It has been eight years since the Orioles had a four-inning save. The most recent one came on June 28, 2008, when Lance Cormier tossed four innings in relief of O’s starter Garrett Olson in a 9-1 win versus the Washington Nationals.

Cormier’s effort is one of only three four-innings saves for the Orioles since 2000, and one of 33 overall in major league baseball in that time frame. The other two four-inning saves for the Orioles since 2000 came courtesy of Travis Driskill on June 12, 2003, and John Parrish on May 29, 2004.

Overall, the Orioles have had 43 saves of four innings or more since 1954. All but one of those saves came from exactly four innings of work. The only save longer than four innings was Dick Hall’s eight-inning effort on June 18, 1961.

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The 1966 Orioles: “The Kookiest Cast of Characters Who Ever Called Themselves a Ball Club”

Throughout the 2016 season Roar from 34 will use Flashback Fridays to remember the 1966 Baltimore Orioles and to honor the 50th anniversary of the franchise’s first World Series title. See the previous installments here

July 22, 1966 Time Magazine.jpgThe Orioles earned their way into Time magazine midway through their championship season in 1966, and some of the text from that article could just as easily be applied to this year’s team.

The July 22, 1966 edition of Time included “Baltimore’s Early Birds,” a story that termed the American League-leading Orioles “the kookiest cast of characters who ever called themselves a ball club.”

Here is how the magazine described some of the team’s key players to justify that description:

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How Do the 2016 Orioles Stack Up to Past O’s Playoff Teams?

1969 Baltimore Orioles pinThe Orioles enter the All-Star break in first place in the American League East with a chance to claim their 13th postseason berth since arriving in Baltimore in 1954. How do the 2016 Orioles stack up to those previous dozen teams after 87 games?

Here’s a teaser: The 2016 O’s have a better record after 87 games than one World Series winner in Baltimore as well as one of the franchise’s 100-win teams.

The O’s 51-36 mark so far in 2016 is the seventh-best among Baltimore teams to have made the postseason. The best of the bunch is the 1969 Orioles who had already tallied 60 wins after 87 games on their way to a franchise-best 109 wins by the end of the season.

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Mark Trumbo Could Put the Orioles in Rare Company for Home Runs

The Baltimore Orioles could become only the third franchise to claim three different players with 50-homer seasons.*

Mark Trumbo

Photo credit: Norm Schimmel

Mark Trumbo enters the All Star break leading the majors  with 28 home runs in 87 games. He’s on pace to eclipse 50 homers and could challenge Chris Davis’ single-season team record of 53 home runs. For those doing early scoreboard watching, Davis had 32 home runs after 87 games in 2013 and hit his 33rd long ball in the team’s 88th game.

Should Trumbo manage to hit 50 home runs, the Orioles would join the New York Yankees and the New York/San Francisco Giants as the third franchise to have three or more different players with 50-homer seasons.

Babe Ruth (1920 and 1928) and Mickey Mantle did it twice for the Yankees (1956 and 1961). They are joined by Roger Maris (1961) and Alex Rodriguez (2007) in the Yankees’ quartet.

Johnny Mize (1947) and Willie Mays (1955) hit 50 home runs for the New York Giants. Mays did it again for the Giants, this time in San Francisco, in 1965 and was joined by Barry Bonds, with his record 73 home runs, in 2001.

Trumbo would join Davis from 2013 and Brady Anderson, who hit 50 in 1996.

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*Special thanks to Sam Angell for correcting an error in my original post that overlooked seasons prior to 1954.

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Trade Demand Helped Strengthen Orioles Bullpen in 1966

Throughout the 2016 season Roar from 34 will use Flashback Fridays to remember the 1966 Baltimore Orioles and to honor the 50th anniversary of the franchise’s first World Series title. See the previous installments here

Eddie Fisher Card.jpgMy Friday guest post at MASNSports this week discusses Jonathan Schoop’s standout power at the second base position. Schoop is likely to become the first Orioles second baseman with three 15-homer seasons and is currently on pace to eclipse Roberto Alomar’s single season team record for second basemen of 22 home runs. The MLB record for home runs by a second basemen belongs to Davey Johnson, who slugged 43 homers for the Atlanta Braves in 1973 after being traded away by the Orioles.

Johnson was a rookie during the Orioles’ first World Series season in 1966. His ascension to the role of full-time second baseman led to a key trade in June when the O’s granted slick-fielding Jerry Adair’s wishes to be sent elsewhere.

Adair, the team’s incumbent second basemen entering the season, headed to the Chicago White Sox along with minor leaguer John Riddle in exchange for reliever Eddie Fisher. Fisher would be a key part of the O’s dominant 1966 bullpen, which ironically saw almost no action in the World Series.  Continue reading

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