The monster inning, the one that has haunted
But Arrieta survived the trouble with fastballs and sinkers and a new calm. He didn't get the win, but his six innings of one-run ball kept the
In his third start since a temporary demotion to the bullpen — he never actually pitched in relief — Arrieta might have turned a corner.
"I'd say this year the mental side of the game has affected me the most in my career this far," Arrieta said. "That's something that you have to go through and battle through it and find ways to implement positives into your mental game, and that's what I've been able to do."
Arrieta's ERA remains a bulky 5.55, but with the exception of one pitch against the
On Sunday, Arrieta responded to the threat in the third by inducing a 1-6-3 double play. The next batter,
"Keeping it simple and focusing on quality pitches and executing is what translates into success," Arrieta said. "When I get in that thought process of being too mechanical, that's when things go wrong or I'm not able to stop the bleeding."
Left-handed reliever Dana Eveland flew to California before Sunday's game to join his wife, Ashley, who gave birth to their second child, Asher, on Saturday night.
The Orioles will wait until Tuesday to place Eveland on paternity leave. Under the new rule, clubs can fill a player's roster spot for three days after the birth of his child. Manager
"Depends on what everybody thinks, if Lindstrom's ready or not," Showalter said. We're not going to do it just because it's convenient. … That will probably be something that will be decided after he pitches [Sunday]."
Before his injury, Lindstrom pitched 14 innings in 13 appearances with the Orioles, posting a 1.29 ERA with 14 strikeouts.
A slumping Chris Davis was kept out of the starting lineup Sunday, but he extended his hitless streak to 29 at-bats with a pinch-hit fly out to deep left field in the seventh inning.
Davis had planned to use the day off to clear his mind.
"I want in there every day. I want 100 at bats, even if I go 0-for-100," Davis said before the game. "When you have a day off, it's good to take a break, take a mental day. I've been out here early several days working on stuff, and I think it's good to take a day off and observe the game from the bench."
Davis' last hit came June 14 against the
"I'm sure it'll turn around," Davis said. "If it doesn't, then I'll just go back to the bullpen."
Rojas gets save
Davis isn't the only position player in the Orioles organization who can get it done on the mound. Triple-A Norfolk second baseman Carlos Rojas picked up the save in the Tides' 8-7 win over the
Rojas has only pitched once before in his professional career. That appearance came June 9, when he was credited with the loss after surrendering one run on two hits (one home run) against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Showalter said Rojas was forced to make the appearance because of
That left Rojas as the Tides' best option in the 10th. He hit the first batter he faced in the inning, but after a sacrifice bunt, he retired the final two batters.
Around the horn
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