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What I liked / Didn’t Like From the Orioles Three-Game Stand against the Red Sox

Game 1: 7-5 loss on Friday night (April 24)

Game 2: 5-4 10-inning win on Saturday night (April 25)

Game 3: 18-7 on Sunday afternoon (April 26)

What I liked:

1. Things could be much worse – This series concluded a stretch of 19 games against the American League East to begin the season.  The O’s went 9-10, not so bad given the many injuries and wretched starting pitching.

2. The offense – The O’s were outstanding at the plate in the series, batting an incredible .360 (41-for-114).  They totaled 20 hits and went 11-for-20 with runners in scoring position in scoring 18 runs in Game 3.

Jimmy Paredes went 8-for-15 with seven RBI, blasting a two-run homer in Game 1, a solo homer and RBI double in Game 2 and an RBI triple and RBI double in Game 3.

Chris Davis went 5-for-11 with six RBI, blasting a solo homer in Game 1 and a solo homer and two-run double in Game 3.

Delmon Young played in Games 1 and 3 and went 5-for-10, producing five RBI in Game 3.

3. Wei-Yin Chen’s start in Game 2 – Chen allowed two runs in eight innings, snapping a streak of nine consecutive games in which Orioles starters lasted no longer than six innings.

What I didn’t like:

1. Miguel Gonzalez’s start in Game 1 – Gonzalez allowed four runs in six innings on eight hits (including two homers), a walk and a hit-by-pitch.

2. Bud Norris’ start in Game 3 – Norris tossed six scoreless innings before giving up a three-run homer to Pablo Sandoval in the top of the seventh, so it’s not like Norris was terrible.  But the O’s scored 12 runs over the first six innings.  This was a game ripe for the starting to pitcher to throw strikes, eat up at least eight innings and allow an overworked bullpen to rest.  Instead, Norris threw 107 pitches in lasting 6 2/3 innings.

3. The bullpen – Orioles relievers combined to allow nine runs (five earned) in 7 1/3 innings in the series, giving up nine hits and six walks.

4. Some sloppy defense – Manny Machado committed an error during the Red Sox’s one-run eighth in Game 1 and had a throwing error in Game 2.  Paredes committed a throwing error during the Red Sox’s three-run ninth in Game 3.

5. Ryan Flaherty now being out – The O’s on Friday placed Flaherty on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 23 with a right groin strain and recalled infielder Rey Navarro from Triple-A Norfolk.  Flaherty joined J.J. Hardy, Matt Wieters and Jonathan Schoop as key position players on the 15-day D.L.  Navarro made his major-league debut in this series after 885 career minor-league games and went 4-for-12.

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