Breaking down the Orioles’ three-game sweep of Boston at Camden Yards.
Game 1: 1-0 win on Tuesday night (June 9)
Game 2: 5-2 win on Wednesday night (June 10)
Game 3: 6-5 win on Thursday night (June 11)
What I liked:
1. At last, a sweep – The O’s recorded their first series sweep of the season and now have their first four-game winning streak of the year.
2. The bullpen – Orioles relievers combined to allow one run in 12 innings, recording 14 strikeouts versus just four hits and two walks. Zach Britton had a five-out save in Game 1, his fourth save this season of four outs or more. Tommy Hunter and Darren O’Day combined for four perfect innings in Game 2.
3. The offense – The O’s had 10 hits in each of the final two games and went 7-for-22 with runners in scoring position in the series.
Manny Machado went 5-for-12, blasting a double in Game 2 and a solo homer in Game 3. He did get picked off at first base in Game 3.
Adam Jones went 3-for-10 with two walks, providing an RBI infield single in Game 2 and a solo homer and a double in Game 3.
J.J. Hardy went 4-for-10, including an RBI double in Game 2.
4. The defense – The Orioles’ defense was great throughout the series, with one highlight play after another. Jones put on a clinic in center field in Game 2, throwing out Xander Bogaerts at second base in the second inning, making a leaping grab of a Mookie Betts liner later in that second inning and then making a spectacular full-extension dive (while blowing a bubble) to again rob Betts of a hit in the fifth inning. Travis Snider also had an outfield assist in Game 2.
5. Wei-Yin Chen’s start in Game 2 – Chen lasted for just five innings and gave up seven hits and a walk, but he allowed just two runs and recorded five strikeouts.
What I didn’t like:
1. Miguel Gonzalez being placed on the 15-day disabled list – Gonzalez tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings in Game 1 but had to leave thanks to a strained right groin. The O’s on Thursday placed Gonzalez on the D.L. and recalled Mike Wright from Triple-A Norfolk. The O’s now have used the D.L. 13 times for 12 players this season (Ryan Flaherty has been placed on the D.L. twice).
2. Chris Tillman’s start in Game 3 – Tillman allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings, though one of the runs came on an RBI single given up by Brad Brach. Tillman now has a 5.68 ERA and 1.58 WHIP over 12 starts this season.
3. Eduardo Rodriguez’s start in Game 1 – The player the O’s gave up for Andrew Miller last July 31 continued to shine, recording seven strikeouts over six scoreless innings. Rodriguez now has a 0.44 ERA over three major-league starts.