Jonathan Schoop may have gotten his bat going in this evening’s Baltimore Orioles win over Toronto. We won’t know if Schoop’s 2-for-4 game is the beginning of a trend or just an exception until a few games down the line, but Schoop was good this evening. As was starter Kevin Gausman, who won his first game of the year this evening. Gausman’s line: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 7 K.
Gausman started in an inauspicious manner, giving up a solo homer to Pillar in the first inning. And that lead held up for Toronto – until the fourth. Schoop’s RBI-double tied the game at one, which was followed by an RBI-single by Chris Davis – who also broke out a bit this evening. Beckham would add a sac fly-RBI later in the inning, and the Birds took a 3-1 lead onward.
Toronto would battle back a bit in the fifth with an RBI-single by Solarte. But the likes of Schoop, Davis, and Gausman weren’t about to let the Birds fall in this one. Schoop smacked an RBI-single in the bottom of that fifth inning, giving the Birds a 4-2 lead. Diaz would smack a homer in the sixth for Toronto, and the O’s would close the scoring with a Sisco RBI-single.
At the end of the day, it goes as a 5-3 lead for the Birds. For the record, this goes as a quality start for Gausman, who started slow this season. But his start last weekend in Yankee Stadium was a bit better, and this one was stellar. As I’ve said before, pitchers are going to have poor starts. But they’re also going to have good ones like this. Gausman picked up his offense tonight in a sense, although the offense came through as well.
Davis and Schoop have been the subject of several taunts from fans and so forth, as they’ve been slow out of the gate. But they both came through tonight. If the Orioles can get those two guys going for good, they’ll really be in good shape.
One concern coming out of this game was that Trey Mancini got nicked on the hand with a ball. His hand immediately started swelling, although he stayed in the game until the top of the ninth. X-rays were negative after the game, however tomorrow’s off day comes at a good time for Mancini. Based on production thus far, he isn’t a guy that the O’s can afford to lose.