Al Galdi’s Recap of Baltimore’s three-day stand against New York.
Game 1: 6-5 loss on Monday night (April 13)
Game 2: 4-3 win on Tuesday night (April 14)
Game 3: 7-5 win on Wednesday night (April 15)
What I Liked
1. The offense – The O’s totaled 16 runs and batted .327 (33-for-101) in the series, going 9-for-25 with runners in scoring position.
2. Catcher Caleb Joseph – Joseph started all three games, going 7-for-11. He had a triple and an RBI single in Game 2.
3. Center fielder Adam Jones – Jones went 5-for-11 with a walk in the series, providing a two-run homer in Game 1 and a solo homer and RBI sac fly in Game 2. He did get caught stealing in Game 1.
4. Third baseman Manny Machado – Machado went 4-for-12 with a walk.
5. Wei-Yin Chen’s Game 1 start – Chen allowed two runs in six innings, giving up four hits (including two solo homers), a walk and a hit-by-pitch.
6. Miguel Gonzalez’s Game 2 start – Gonzalez was terrific, allowing one run in seven innings on four hits, a walk and a wild pitch versus 10 strikeouts.
7. Closer Zach Britton – Britton tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings for two saves, including a four-out save in Game 2. I love that Buck Showalter isn’t a slave to the save as so many other managers are and wasn’t afraid to his closer for more than one inning.
8. Outfielder David Lough being back – The O’s on Monday reinstated Lough from the 15-day disabled list, which he had been on since April 5 (retroactive to March 27) with a left hamstring strain. Lough played in Game 1 as a pinch runner, played in Game 2 as a defensive replacement and then went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts as the starting left fielder in Game 3.
What I didn’t like:
1. Relievers Tommy Hunter and Kevin Gausman – They combined to allow eight runs (seven earned) in 2 2/3 innings on seven hits, a walk and a wild pitch in the series.
2. The lack of a lefty option in Game 1 – Hunter gave up a pinch grand slam to the left-handed-hitting Stephen Drew in the top of the seventh. It was interesting to see Buck stick with the righty Hunter, who had already given up two singles and a walk, as opposed to going with lefty Brian Matusz. Buck after the game: “I’m trying to stay away from Brian. We’ve had a couple short starts, and we only had three pitchers we were going to use in the bullpen, so it’s tough.”
You wonder if things would have turned out differently had the Orioles’ other non-closing lefty reliever, Wesley Wright, been available. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 11 with a left trapezius strain. But Buck revealed after Game 1 that an MRI exam revealed left shoulder inflammation for Wright, who now is expected to miss four to six weeks.
3. Bud Norris’ Game 3 start – Norris threw 98 pitches in lasting just five innings and giving up three runs on five hits and two walks. He did record seven strikeouts.