What I liked / didn’t like in the Orioles two-game stand against Chicago.
Game 1: 3-2 loss
Game 2: 6-3 win
What I liked:
1. Tyler Wilson’s start in Game 1 – Wilson was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk just for this game, after which he was sent back down. But Wilson delivered: two runs in six innings on five hits, a walk and a hit-by-pitch in his first major-league start. An 11th-round pick of the O’s in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Virginia, he has a 3.29 ERA over eight starts with Norfolk this season.
2. The bullpen – Orioles relievers combined to allow one run in seven innings over the two games, continuing a nice run off a rough start to the season. What stands out are some of the names: Chaz Roe tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings in Game 1. Oliver Drake, a 2008 43rd-round pick of the O’s out of Navy, tossed a scoreless sixth despite issuing three walks in Game 2. Drake in fact was used in the top of the eighth of Monday afternoon’s 4-3 win over Houston, recording two strikeouts in a perfect inning in what was just his second major-league appearance.
3. The offense in Game 2 – The O’s had 13 hits and four walks and went 5-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
4. Chris Davis – Davis had a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth of Game 1 and an RBI double and two walks in Game 2.
What I didn’t like:
1. The offense in Game 1 – The O’s totaled six hits and no walks and struck out 16 times, including 12 against Chris Sale.
2. Mike Wright’s start in Game 2 – Wright allowed three runs in five innings, giving up a solo homer to Adam Eaton to begin the game and a two-run bomb to Adam LaRoche. But it’s still hard to be displeased with Wright, who allowed no runs in 14 1/3 innings over his first two major-league starts.