What I liked / Didn’t like from Baltimore’s four-game stand in Boston.
Game 1: 3-2 loss on Friday night (April 17)
Game 2: 4-1 win on Saturday (April 18)
Game 3: 8-3 win on Sunday afternoon (April 19)
Game 4: 7-1 loss in a rain-shortened seven-inning game on Monday (April 20)What I liked:
1. The offense in Games 2 and 3 – The O’s totaled 12 runs and went 28-for-78 at the plate.
2. Adam Jones – Jones went 8-for-16 with a walk in the series, totaling five RBI in Game 3.
3. Ryan Flaherty – Flaherty was the starting second baseman in Games 2-4 and went 6-for-11 with a walk.
4. Jimmy Paredes – Paredes on Saturday was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list, which he had been on retroactively since April 1 with a lower back strain. He was the DH in Games 2-4 and went 6-for-13.
5. The bullpen – Considered how much the bullpen was leaned on (see item no. 2 under “What I didn’t like”), hard to be too disappointed in what we got: five runs in 14 innings on eight hits and six walks.
What I didn’t like:
1. Ubaldo Jimenez getting ejected in Game 1 – Jimenez got ejected in the bottom of the fourth by home plate umpire Jordan Baker for hitting Pablo Sandoval with a pitch. The ejection was ridiculous, coming despite no warning and in a circumstance (Jimenez is coming off a bad season in which control problems plagued him, the O’s were leading 1-0 on the road) that didn’t seem to dictate purposely throwing at a batter. Baker, who is 6-foot-7 and just 33 years old, believed that the O’s were mad about a hard slide, but he made a terrible call here.
2. No Orioles starter lasting longer than 5 1/3 innings – Not every outing was terrible, but the starting pitching continued to either be inefficient or not good enough. Chris Tillman allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings on 105 pitches in Game 2. Miguel Gonzalez allowed three runs in five innings on 96 pitches in Game 3. Wei-Yin Chen allowed five runs (none earned) in 4 1/3 innings on 95 pitches in Game 4. The bullpen has had to be used way too often so far this season, and the starting pitchers have themselves to blame.
3. The offense in Games 1 and 4 – The O’s totaled just four runs and went 9-for-56 at the plate.
4. Jonathan Schoop now being out – The O’s on Saturday placed Schoop on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right knee. But as noted above, Flaherty was very good in Schoop’s absence in this series.
5. The defense in Game 4 – It’s not often under Buck Showalter that the Orioles’ defense is a problem, but this was the case on Monday. Catcher Ryan Lavarnway, playing for the first time since April 12, committed a throwing error during the Red Sox’s one-run first. Chen and third baseman Manny Machado committed errors during the Red Sox’s four-run third.