There is a sense out there that the reason why Kyle Lohse hasn’t found a job yet is because of the draft pick compensation hanging around his neck. In keeping with that, there are some who speculate that Lohse may wait until after the June draft to sign, thereby eliminating that compensation and giving him…
Brooks Orpik and Olli Maatta are former teammates and share a mutual respect for one another, but the two were involved in a collision early in the first period Saturday night that could result in both players missing Game 3 of the second-round series between the Capitals and Penguins.
With 4:13 gone in the opening period of Game 2 at Verizon Center, Orpik drove his left shoulder into the chin of Maatta seconds after Maatta released the puck. Maatta, 21, looked woozy as he was helped off the ice and down the tunnel for medical treatment. He did not return.
Orpik was sent to the penalty box for an interference minor. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan told NBC analyst Pierre Maguire in the second period that Orpik delivered a late hit and should have been given a 5-minute major.
Orpik, 35, could face a suspension for the hit because of its timing and the point of contact. Orpik has been suspended twice in his NHL career, but not since the 2005-06 season when he was given a three-game suspension for checking Carolina’s Erik Cole from behind. His other suspension was for one game in 2003.
If Orpik cannot play in Game 3, the Caps would need to turn to either Mike Weber or Dmitry Orlov, both healthy scratches in Game 2.
If Maatta is unable to play for Pittsburgh, look for the Penguins to go with Justin Schultz on their third defense pairing.
BALTIMORE—Two of the Orioles’ greatest strengths failed them on Saturday night.
First, their normally magnificent defense failed them in the third inning, leading to two runs, and their bullpen allowed five runs, and their three-game winning streak ended.
Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop each committed an error in the third, leading to two runs in the third.
Mychal Givens inherited a 5-3 lead in the seventh, and gave up a run while Darren O’Day, who hadn’t allowed a run all season, give up three runs in the eighth.
After the Orioles scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to tie the score, Zach Britton had to leave with an apparent leg injury. After Britton left, the Chicago White Sox pushed a run across for a bizarre 8-7 win over the Orioles before 29,152 at Oriole Park.
Britton (1-1) got the first two outs, but Adam Eaton pushed a bunt up the first base line. Britton hurt his leg trying to field it.
Vance Worley replaced him and walked Carlos Sanchez and gave up an RBI single to Jose Abreu.
Nate Jones (2-0) retired the final four Orioles for the win.
In the first, Adam Jones singled with one out. Chris Davis tried to bunt for a base hit, but he was thrown out and Jones moved to second and scored on Mark Trumbo’s single to right. Trumbo was thrown out trying for second.
Machado and Schoop’s first errors of 2016 helped give Chicago a 2-1 lead.
In his second start of the season, Kevin Gausman gave up a home run to Brett Lawrie with two outs in fourth. It was Lawrie’s second in as many nights, and extended the White Sox’s lead to 3-1.
It looked as if the Orioles (14-9) were in good position for a big inning in the bottom of the third. Hyun Soo Kim doubled down the right field line. Machado reached on an infield single to short while Kim held.
Jones grounded to third as Todd Frazier forced Kim at third and threw to Lawrie to force Machado.
Chicago manager Robin Ventura argued that Machado had interfered with Lawrie, and he couldn’t throw to first in an attempt to get Jones.
After a delay of 3:29, the call stood, and the White Sox’s attempt at a replay-induced triple play failed.
Pedro Alvarez, who had three hits, his third multi-hit game of the week, hit his first home run with the Orioles with one out in the fourth to tie the score at 3. With two outs, Schoop hit a long homer to left, his fourth, and the Orioles had a 4-3 lead.
Alvarez’s RBI double in the fifth gave the Orioles a 5-3 lead, and Jones’ double in the sixth off Zach Putnam scored Kim, who had his first three hit game. Kim singled with one out and advanced to second on Putnam’s wild pitch.
Latos entered the game with a dazzling 0.74 ERA, and allowed nearly as many hits in five innings (11) as he had in his previous 24 1/3. The four runs were twice as many as he’d given up.
After Jones’ double, Putnam walked Chris Davis intentionally and catcher Dioner Navarro threw back to Putnam after ball four, but it was over his head and past second, allowing Jones to dash to third as Davis trotted to first.
Jones remained there as Trumbo struck out.
Givens gave up a run in the seventh on Austin Jackson’s RBI single.
Abreu’s RBI single and Frazier’s two-run home run, his seventh against O’Day, gave Chicago (17-8) a 7-5 lead.
In the bottom of the eighth, Matt Albers walked Schoop and Kim hit into a double play. Machado reached on a double play and Jones was hit by a pitch.
Zach Duke gave up a two-run double to Davis, and the game was tied at 7.
NOTES: Joey Rickard didn’t start for the first time, but he game into the game as a defensive replacement for Trumbo in the eighth. … Chris Sale (5-0, 1.66) faces Ubaldo Jimenez (1-2, 3.91) on Sunday.