What I liked / didn’t like about the Orioles 2-game series in the Big Apple.
Game 1: 3-2 loss on Tuesday night (May 5)
Game 2: 5-1 loss on Wednesday night (May 6)
What I liked:
1. Bud Norris’ start in Game 1 – Norris allowed three runs in seven innings, giving up all three runs in the bottom of the fourth but retiring the last 11 batters he faced. He has been much better over his last two starts (six earned runs in 13 2/3 innings) than he was over his first three starts (17.42 ERA).
2. Manny Machado – Machado went 3-for-8, blasting a solo homer in Game 1 and providing two singles and two stolen bases in Game 2.
What I didn’t like:
1. Meet the Mets, lose to the Mets – The O’s now have lost eight consecutive games to the Mets.
2. The offense – Bartolo Colon and Jacob deGrom had their way with the O’s, who totaled just three runs and one walk and batted just .229 (16-for-70). The O’s in Game 2 had runners on base in every inning except the sixth and still scored just one run, going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position in the series. The 41-year-old Colon, by the way, exited the series with 34 strikeouts versus one walk this season.
3. Ubaldo Jimenez’s start in Game 2 – Ubaldo allowed three runs in lasting just four innings, giving up six hits and two walks on 85 pitches.
4. Brad Brach in Game 2 – Brach gave up a two-run homer to Dilson Herrera in the bottom of the sixth and exited the series having allowed eight runs in 14 2/3 innings this season. He has totaled 18 strikeouts, including three in two innings in Game 2.