What I Liked / Didn’t Like about the Orioles three-game stand against the Angels.
Game 1: 3-1 loss on Friday night (May 15)
Game 2: 6-1 loss on Saturday night (May 16)
Game 3: 3-0 win on Sunday afternoon (May 17)
What I liked:
1. The starting pitching – The Orioles got three very good starts in this series.
Wei-Yin Chen allowed two runs in seven innings in Game 1, recording seven strikeouts.
Ubaldo Jimenez allowed two runs in seven innings in Game 2, issuing no walks in a start for the first time since Sept. 2013.
Then came Mike Wright in Game 3, which Bud Norris was unable to start due to bronchitis. Wright, who was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on May 13, was terrific in his major-league debut: 7 1/3 scoreless innings on just four hits and no walks. He’s in his age-25 season, is a big kid (6-6, 215), was a third-round pick of the O’s in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft and has been very good for Norfolk this season after a rough year in 2014. The Orioles’ farm system has produced very few quality starting pitchers for the O’s (Jake Arrieta has done well with the Cubs) over the last 20 years. Will Wright help to break that trend?
What I didn’t like:
1. The offense – I don’t know what was worse: that the O’s batted .163 (15-for-92) in the series or that they totaled just two walks over the three games. Five runs over three games isn’t good enough, and the O’s wasted two quality outings from Chen and Jimenez.
2. The bullpen – Orioles relievers combined to allow five runs in 5 2/3 innings. Zach Britton gave up three runs in the top of the ninth of Game 2, which was his first game in five days.