What I liked / what I didn’t like from the Orioles three-day stand at Tropicana Field.
Game 1: 2-0 loss on Friday night (May 1)
Game 2: 4-0 win on Saturday night (May 2)
Game 3: 4-2 win on Sunday afternoon (May 3)
What I liked:
1. The ultimate results off some unusual circumstances – A week that saw a three-game series with the White Sox become a one-game series in front of an empty Oriole Park at Camden Yards and a home series against the Rays have to be moved to Tropicana Field all because of the unrest in Baltimore wound up with the O’s going 3-1. No need to shed any tears for the O’s for having to deal with these inconveniences, but things could have gone much worse.
2. The starting pitching – Chris Tillman allowed two runs in seven innings on seven strikeouts in Game 1. Miguel Gonzalez tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings in Game 2. Wei-Yin Chen gave up seven hits and two walks over six innings in Game 3, but he allowed just two runs. The starting pitching now has been much better over the last six games, starting with the 5-4 10-inning win on April 25.
3. The bullpen – Orioles relievers combined toss 6 1/3 scoreless innings, recording seven strikeouts versus just one hit and one walk.
4. Timely hitting – After not getting a single at-bat with a runner in scoring position in Game 1, the O’s went 5-for-13 with runners in scoring position over Games 2 and 3.
5. Adam Jones – Jones had four hits (including a two-run single) in Game 3 and totaled five of the Orioles’ 20 hits in the series, which he exited with an American League-best .402 batting average.
What I didn’t like:
What I Didn’t Like:
1. The overall offense – The O’s batted just .213 (20-for-94) and totaled just six walks.