On This Day In Baltimore Orioles’ History: 9/23/1983 #35thAnniversary

Scott McGregor

The Baltimore Orioles traveled to Milwaukee for their final road series of the season and defeated the Brewers 4-2 on this day in 1983.

Scott McGregor won his 18th game of the season with 7.0 innings of 2-run, 4-hit pitching in which he struck out 4 and walked 2.

Cal Ripken, Jr had a big game: 4 for 5 with 1 RBI.

The Orioles limited the Brewers to just the 4 hits McGregor surrendered as Sammy Stewart was credited with his 7th save for 2 innings of no-run, no-hit relief.

Season Record: 95-58



On This Day In Baltimore Orioles’ History: 9/22/1983 #35thAnniversary


The Baltimore Orioles lost to the Detroit Tigers 5-4 in 10 innings on this day in 1983.  Lou Whitaker’s RBI single off of Dan Morogiello provided the walk-off win for the Tigers.

Eddie Murray went 2 for 4 with 2 homeruns, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI in the losing effort.  This marks the third consecutive game in which Murray has homered.  Both homeruns were hit off of Tigers’ starter Milt Wilcox but were not enough support of Orioles starter Mike Flanagan.

Flanagan, who did not factor into the decision, gave up 3 runs on 7 hits over 7.0 innings pitched.

Sammy Stewart, who allowed a single to Enos Cabell to start the Tigers’ 10th inning was the eventual loser of the game.

Season Record: 94-58


A Look At An Orioles’ Prospect Who Surprised Me This Season: OF Zach Jarrett (from @BabyBirdland)

Zach Jarrett

A look at the Baltimore Orioles Minor League batting statistics reveals a common but surprising name among the leaders. The player who shows up among the statistical leaders is Delmarva Shorebirds’ outfielder Zach Jarrett.

My surprise at Jarrett’s presence on the leaderboard is twofold: first is the fact that nothing about his 2017 numbers indicated this and secondly is the fact that this occurred with very little fanfare.

Jarrett’s name was not out there nor was it on many lips during the recently completed season other than in game summary stories. What he accomplished, however, should have been publicized more; his is a name fans should have been hearing more of.

Selected in the 28th round of the 2017 MLB Draft out of the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Jarrett spent the 2017 season with the Aberdeen Ironbirds (A-Short). His New York-Penn League season was rather ordinary: .201/ .252/ .288 over 45 games with 8 extra-base hits, 7 RBI, 21 runs scored and 1 stolen base.

Jarrett followed that up with a solid 2018 campaign for Delmarva, one that had him leading the team when all was said and done. He did it all with not very much publicity.

In 129 games for the Shorebirds Jarrett hit .277/ .342/ .437 with 74 runs scored, 26 doubles, 6 triples, 14 homeruns and 72 RBI. He walked 41 times and stole 4 bases in 6 attempts while striking out 136 times. Jarrett also hit .308 with runners in scoring position and .271 in those situations with 2 outs.

All those numbers garnered Jarrett honors as a South Atlantic League Mid-Season All-Star, a Post-Season All-Star, and as an Orioles Co-Player of the Month (April).

As far as the Shorebirds are concerned, Jarrett led the team in games, at-bats, runs scored, hits, homeruns, strikeouts and total bases. He was tied for the lead in RBI and was second on the team in batting average, on base percentage (tie), slugging percentage and OPS. His doubles, triples and walks were good for third on the team as well.

Looking at the Sally League leaderboard, Jarrett leads in plate appearances and strikeouts, is second in at-bats and is tied for second in RBI, is third in hits, triples and total bases. His runs scored, doubles, homeruns and walks all place Jarrett in the top 10.

The fact the Jarrett accomplished all of this with little buzz amazes me. We just did not hear much about him during the season. I do think that will change in 2019. I expect all eyes will be on him when he plays in Frederick; he should make the move up a level next season.

Jarrett played all three positions in the outfield and proved to be a solid batter in 2018. He proved himself to be a valuable player and to have the ability to lead a team. All of this has put him on my radar as we go into 2019 and I look forward to seeing him play in Frederick.

I am not saying that he will duplicate everything about this season in 2019 but I am saying that he should produce decent numbers, especially in hitter-friendly Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium.

If that production happens again, expect to hear more about Jarrett; continued number production will do that for a player.

** To read more from Josh Michael (founder/editor Baby Birdland), Nick Stevens and myself about all levels of the Baltimore Orioles minor leagues please visit Baby Birdland **




On This Day In Baltimore Orioles’ History: 9/21/1983 #35thAnniversary

The Baltimore Orioles swept a doubleheader from the Detroit Tigers on this day in 1983.  Game 1 was won by a score of 6-0 and game 2 by a score of 7-3.

In the first game Mike Boddicker pitched a gem.  He threw a 5 hit complete game with 12 strikeouts and 5 walks to record his 15th win of the season.  Boddicker did surrender a double among the five hits, however.

Cal Ripken, Jr went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored, a homerun and 1 RBI while Eddie Murray and John Lowenstein both hit homeruns as well.

Lou Whitaker was responsible for 2 of the Tigers’ five hits.

Game 2 saw the Orioles score 6 runs in their half of the 9th inning and made a winner out of Sammy Stewart who pitched the final 3 innings of the game.

Eddie Murray and John Lowenstein both homered in this game as well.  Lowenstein’s was a grand slam in the 6-run 9th.  Joe Nolan also homered in the game for the Orioles.

Rick Leach and Enos Cabell knocked in the three Tigers’ runs.

Bill Swaggerty surrendered all three Detroit runs on on five hits over 2.2 innings of work and didn’t factor into the decision.

Season Record: 94-57



On This Day In Baltimore Orioles’ History: 9/20/1983 #35thAnniversary

Singleton 1

The Baltimore Orioles traveled to Detroit where they were mauled by the Tigers 14-1 on this day in 1983.

The Orioles lone run was scored on a Ken Singleton’s fielder’s choice that pushed Eddie Murray across the plate.  The game was called after 5 innings.

Murray was 2 for 2 in the game and Cal Ripken, Jr and Joe Nolan accounted for the only other Orioles’ hits in the contest.

Dennis Martinez started for the Orioles and gave up 7 runs on 6 hits in just one-third of an inning.  Jim Palmer entered the game and proceeded to give up 7 runs, 6 earned, on 9 hits over 4 and two-thirds innings.

The Orioles committed three errors in the game.

Lou Whitaker and Larry Herndon each homered and had 3 RBI a piece for the Tigers.

Season Record: 92-57


On This Day In Baltimore Orioles’ History: 9/19/1983 #35thAnniversary

John Stefero

The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 8-7 in 11 innings on this day in 1983.  The win completed a four-game sweep of the Brewers.  The two teams combined for a total of 29 hits in the contest.

The Orioles entered the 11th inning down a run.  Ken Singleton’s two-out RBI single tied the game once again and then John Stefero’s two-out RBI single scored Gary Roenicke for the walk-off win.

Scott McGregor started the game for the Orioles and left after 6.0 innings of work in which he surrendered 4 runs, 3 of them earned, on 7 hits with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.

Tim Stoddard pitched the 11th inning for the win; he gave up 1 run on 1 hit, walked 1 and struck out 1.

Cal Ripken, Jr had a big game for the Orioles: he went 4 for 6, scored 2 runs and had 1 RBI.  Ken Singleton added to the offense with his 3 RBI; he went 2 for 4.

Tom Tellmann was the hard luck loser for the Brewers.  He finished the game after entering in the 5th inning and gave up 2 runs on 6 hits over 6.1 innings.  He walked 4, struck out 3 and held the Orioles scoreless until the 11th inning.

Season Record: 92-56


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