What I liked / didn’t like about the Orioles three-day stand against the Mariners at Camden yards.
Game 1: 9-4 win on Tuesday night (May 19)
Game 2: 4-2 loss on Wednesday night (May 20)
Game 3: 5-4 win on Thursday afternoon (May 21)
What I liked:
1. Winning homestand – This series concluded a 5-4 homestand for the O’s, who now are 18-20 in what has been a Jekyll-and-Hyde, start-and-stop-type season so far.
2. Hitting in the clutch – The O’s went 10-for-24 with runners in scoring position in the series.
3. Steve Pearce – Pearce had two singles, including an RBI single, in Game 1 and a grand slam and a walk in Game 3. Pearce was arguably the Orioles’ MVP last season but has struggled so far this year. Perhaps this series gets him going.
4. Jimmy Paredes – Paredes has been this season’s version of Pearce: a diamond-in-the-rough of a find who has had multiple stints with the O’s and is delivering far past any reasonable expectations. Paredes went 4-for-12 with a walk and five RBI in the series, providing a two-run homer and two-run single in Game 1.
5. The bullpen – Orioles relievers combined to allow three runs in 10 innings, recording 13 strikeouts but also giving up 14 hits and six walks. Game 3’s two-plus-hour rain delay meant that Chris Tillman lasted just three innings, requiring six relievers to complete the game. The results were mixed, as the relievers combined to allow three runs in six innings on nine hits and four walks. But there was a lot more good than bad from the bullpen in this series.
6. Miguel Gonzalez’s Game 1 start – Gonzalez gave up two early homers: Seth Smith’s which led off the game and former Oriole Nelson Cruz’s three-run bomb in the top of the third. But Gonzalez then tossed four straight scoreless innings. The final line was four runs in seven innings on just five hits and two walks.
What I didn’t like:
1. Wei-Yin Chen’s Game 2 start – Like Gonzalez, Chen also allowed four runs in seven innings. But his included giving up a two-run homer, an RBI triple and three doubles.
2. Bud Norris going on the 15-day disabled list – The O’s officially placed Norris on the D.L. with bronchitis on Monday, retroactive to May 11. He can return on May 26, two days before the O’s will need an extra starting pitcher for their makeup doubleheader with the White Sox.