Baltimore Orioles: Pitching and The Captain rock the yard
You can throw Kevin Gausman into the litany of Baltimore Orioles’ starters who have thrown quality starts this week. The Birds now have a three-game winning streak, after three quality starts by three different pitchers. How quickly things can change. Gausman’s line: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K.
But we’ve also seen a re-awakening of Oriole bats in this week’s series against Texas, and last night it was “The Captain,” Adam Jones who seemed to take the lead. Jones led the game off with a solo homer for the Orioles, who never looked back. All in all, he finished the day 3-for-5, with that homer and two RBI.
Jones also got on base in the third inning, and he found his way home as a result of Jonathan Schoop‘s two-RBI double. The lone run that Gausman gave up was a solo homer to Gallo in the fifth inning, however neither he nor the rest of the O’s let that get to them. They shut down Texas’ bats in the remainder of the inning and minimized the damage.
The O’s held that 3-1 lead through the seventh, when they loaded the bases with nobody out. Tejada reached on a fielding error when he popped up a ball in the infield only to have the catcher misplay it. Adam Jones would then come back to the plate, and he smacked an RBI-single. Machado and Schoop each then blooped balls into shallow left field, which gave the O’s a 7-1 lead.
It’s important to note that runs scored on all four of those above-mentioned plays. However the bases remained loaded. The Orioles kind of did to Texas in that seventh inning what so many other teams seem to be able to do to the O’s – death by a thousand paper cuts. Schoop’s RBI-single was so softly hit it would have made the 2014 Kansas City Royals blush. But them’s the breaks.
Trey Mancini had seemingly seen enough of the “piece mealing runs together parade,” and he delivered a bases-clearing triple which put the Birds ahead 10-1. Texas would get one back on a solo homer in the ninth, but the Orioles closed out a 10-2 win. This is the second consecutive night where the O’s have put up crooked numbers against Texas.
This doesn’t mean that the Orioles have been “cured” of their ills. There are a couple of different ways to look at it. Texas appears to be going through what the Orioles have gone through at times (and very recently), which is not being able to get the bat on the ball or get on base. The O’s have also run into some buzz-saw type pitching at times. Texas hasn’t really shown that luxury thus far in the series.
But also keep in mind that baseball is based on failure. If the pitcher looks good, part of that is because the opposing hitters failed. And the same is true in reverse. So it goes both ways. I suspect that the Chicago series was a nadir of sorts for this Orioles team. That’s not to say that it’ll be smooth sailing the rest of the way, but they’ve been able to turn the tables a bit in this Texas series.
The series concludes this evening at Camden Yards. Wade Miley will try to become the fourth consecutive Oriole starter to pitch a quality start, and he’ll be opposed by Texas’ Cole Hamels. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.