Baltimore Orioles: Kevin Gausman’s Saturday night delight

You aren’t going to get a better outing than what Kevin Gausman gave the Baltimore Orioles last night. It may well have been his best outing as a pro. And certainly it was what the Orioles thought and were hoping they’d be getting from Gausman all these years. Gausman’s line: 8.2 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K.

Gausman was masterful, and he dominated a Texas lineup that had looked pretty darn potent the night before. But you’re only as good as your next day’s starter, and in this case that means the Orioles were good last night. And while they didn’t put up runs in bunches, they certainly put up enough to make Gausman a winner.

Trey Mancini smacked a solo homer in the second inning which put the Orioles on the board at 1-0. But wouldn’t you know it, the Orioles weren’t done – in that inning. Caleb Joseph‘s solo shot doubled the Orioles’ lead, and gave them a 2-0 advantage.

One inning later Mancini came up again and managed to yield a run by grounding into a force out. And Seth Smith added an RBI-single before the inning was out, to give the Birds a 4-0 lead. And that was your final.

But the story of the day was Gausman. Luckily for him the Orioles were able to put runs on the board, because you’d hate to waste an effort like that. Gausman did have just a bit of help in the last of the third when Texas tried to get back into the game. As Gallo sent a deep shot to straight away center field, Adam Jones reached over the wall and brought the ball back.

Buck Showalter spoke after the game, and seemed to want to allow Gausman to finish the game. However after putting two guys on base, that wasn’t an option (quote courtesy of Steve Melewski, MASNsports):

I think everybody did. Should have figured out a way to catch a pop up. Big double play. Manny (Machado) and Jon (Schoop), my gosh, they turned a couple tonight. That last one. They make them look easy, I hope everybody appreciates how hard that is. Those are hard. The one thing that Manny does that nobody else does, is the amount of velocity he can create on the ball from a lot of different angles. It’s like they tell the kids don’t try that at home. But he deserved to finish. Like to see him get that last out but he was in the area. We had 110 on him tonight and you know, just trying to create margin of error there with Zach (Britton) hadn’t pitched in a couple of days. It’s unfortunate. We got to figure out a way to catch that ball.

The O’s will attempt to take the series this afternoon in the finale. Wade Miley gets the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Texas’ Martin Perez. Game time is set for 3 PM.

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