Dillon Tate was not expecting to make his first appearance in a game in over a year last night. The bullpen phone rang with no outs in the fourth inning and two runners on base, and he grabbed his glove and a ball.
It wasn’t playoff baseball, but it sure looked like it.
“It’s part of the job to be ready when your name is called,” said Tate, who picked up the win after allowing a 1 2/3 inning run in the Orioles’ 9-6 win over the Blues. Jays at Camden Yards.
Manager Brandon Hyde needed to hold the three-point deficit and turned to one of his high-leveraged relievers. Tate inherited the corner runners, didn’t let the Blue Jays increase their lead by performing a shrewd act of escape and saw the Orioles score five times in the bottom half.
The bullpen covered the last six innings and the Orioles moved within 3 1/2 games of the last wild card spot.
“Overall it was a huge team win,” Tate said. “We had to give up in attack and in defence. Overall the team did a great job today.”
An essential victory for the Orioles?
“I think they’re all feeling that way right now,” Tate said, “and we’re doing everything we can to stand out every day that we’re here at The Yard.
“They’re all feeling intense right now, to be honest with you, and especially with a club like the Blue Jays playing solid baseball. It is imperative that we are able to handle business.
Kyle Bradish allowed three runs and six hits over three innings.
“I felt like I was throwing well,” he said. “The bike was in place, the slider was very good. It’s a good team.”
* The rivalry between these teams boiled over again as the dugouts and bullpens emptied after Bryan Baker hit Matt Chapman to complete the top of the seventh and waved towards the Jays dugout – particularly Teoscar Hernández, who had to be restrained by Jorge Mateo.
Manager John Schneider was ejected in the bottom of the seventh after plate umpire Jeff Nelson cautioned both benches.
“I didn’t understand the warnings,” Schneider said. “I couldn’t understand why Bryan Baker was looking in our dugout after dropping out of a race two days in a row. I thought a few locations were close that Jeff disagreed with. I asked, ‘Was it down?’ and he kicked me out, so I wasn’t quite sure what prompted me to do that.
“I don’t think it’s a thing with Teo. I think it was Baker looking into our dugout like he does every time he faces us since he wasn’t on our team.
These teams still have seven games to play. Should be fun.
* Austin Voth didn’t know he had an Orioles record until he was told yesterday at his locker, stopping as he leaned forward to put on his shoes.
The news shocked and amused him, and he didn’t even get the details. He has just heard the word “record” and repeats it to me in the form of a question.
We can forgive him for not following one of the most obscure sequences.
Voth is the first Oriole to claim a team win in his first seven home starts with the club. He didn’t get all the decisions — he went just 3 1/3 innings, for example, in his last outing against the Athletics — but the Orioles were victorious.
“Really?” He asked.
“I’m just glad we won the game the other day. The way this game was going and everything, I was just happy that we were able to score more runs and our bullpen got up for us and put in some zeros.
Voth can extend his streak to eight in a row in Friday night’s game against the Red Sox at Camden Yards.
“I want to go to every start, you want to be able to keep your team in it, and I feel like I did that on my last, I don’t know how many starts,” he said. he declares. “I had maybe one start in Seattle and then maybe my last start was the other start where I had the hiccups and had to rely on the bullpen to pick me up. But think it’s okay right now.
* As the media scrum broke yesterday at reliever Jake Reed’s locker, I stayed back to ask something no one else cared about.
Who would come first in a Google search of his name, the former NFL wide receiver or himself?
(I’m a huge Vikings fan, which is why the idea came to mind.)
Reed didn’t hesitate.
“The receiver, the receiver.”
Well, not on my laptop. I had a full screen of information about the Orioles’ new reliever.
Next was a professional drummer based in Los Angeles. And then, finally, the receiver who spent 12 seasons in the NFL, caught 85 passes in 1994 and finished with 450 receptions and 36 touchdowns.
Reed was a deep threat. The pitcher has only made four starts in 282 pro games, so the Orioles won’t be asking him to dig deep in games.
* The former Mets and Dodgers reliever is married to former Olympian Janie Takeda, an outfielder who won a silver medal with the Team USA softball team at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo which were postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic.
Reed made his major league debut with the Dodgers on July 6, 2021 in Miami, a day after Janie arrived in Japan.
“Can someone please give him a big hug for me???” she tweeted.
The couple started dating in 2011 during their freshman year at the University of Oregon. They married six years later.
Janie, who majored in journalism, holds school career records for hits (309), doubles (42), runs scored (204) and stolen bases (102).