Breaking down what I liked and didn’t like in the Orioles three game run against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Game 1: 2-1 win on Friday night (May 29)
Game 2: 3-0 loss on Saturday (May 30)
Game 3: 9-5 loss on Sunday afternoon (May 31)
What I liked:
1. Miguel Gonzalez’s start in Game 1 – Gonzalez allowed one run in eight innings, giving the bullpen a much-needed rest off the doubleheader split with the White Sox on May 28.
2. Wei-Yin Chen’s start in Game 2 – Chen allowed three runs in seven innings.
3. Manny Machado and Delmon Young in Game 3 – Machado and Young each had two homers and a single, marking the first time since August 1996 that the O’s lost a game in which they had two players with two homers (Brady Anderson and Bobby Bonilla).
What I didn’t like:
1. The offense in Games 1 and 2 – The O’s totaled just two runs, batted .150 (9-for-60) and worked just three walks over Games 1 and 2.
2. Another bad start for Chris Tillman in Game 3 – Tillman allowed six runs (five earned) in 4 2/3 innings, giving up nine hits and three walks. Tillman gave up four runs or more seven times in 2014. That has happened already five times in 2015.
3. Oliver Drake and Brian Matusz in Game 3 – Drake and Matusz combined to allow three runs in three innings on five hits, a walk a hit-by-pitch and a wild pitch on Sunday afternoon. Orioles relievers had combined for eight strikeouts over 4 1/3 scoreless innings in the series up until that point.
4. Adam Jones missing Games 2 and 3 – Jones did not play due to a sprained left ankle.
5. Ex-Nat Stephen Souza Jr. – Dealt to the Rays in a three-team trade that included San Diego last December, Souza homered in every game in the series. He also provided a walk in Game 2 and two doubles in Game 3.