Breaking down the Orioles’ three-game stand at Fenway.
Game 1: 6-4 win on Tuesday night (June 23)
Game 2: 5-1 loss on Wednesday night (June 24)
Game 3: 8-6 win on Thursday afternoon (June 25)
What I liked:
1. Successful road trip – The competition wasn’t the stiffest (Philadelphia, Toronto and Boston), but the O’s went 5-3 on an eight-game road trip.
2. The offense – The O’s, without Adam Jones for all three games, batted .314 (33-for-105), including going 11-for-27 with runners in scoring position. Thirteen of the 33 hits were extra-base hits.
Chris Parmelee went 4-for-13, blasting three doubles and a triple.
Manny Machado went 4-for-13 with a walk.
Jimmy Paredes played in Games 1 and 2 and went 4-for-9.
And for good measure, the O’s had their way with Eduardo Rodriguez in Game 3, as he allowed six runs in 3 2/3 innings. Rodriguez was traded by the O’s to the Red Sox for Andrew Miller last July 31 and tossed six scorless innings against the O’s on June 9, capping an excellent first three starts in his major-league career. He has slowed down since.
3. The bullpen – Make it eight consecutive quality series for Orioles relievers, who combined to allow three runs in 10 1/3 innings on just six hits and two walks versus 11 strikeouts.
What I didn’t like:
1. The starting pitching – Inefficient and not productive enough.
Ubaldo Jimenez allowed three runs in five innings on 101 pitches in Game 1, giving up six hits, three walks and a wild pitch.
Bud Norris allowed five runs (all unearned) in 5 2/3 innings in Game 2, giving up seven hits and a walk.
Miguel Gonzalez allowed four runs in five innings on eight hits and a hit-by-pitch in Game 3 in his return from the 15-day disabled list, which he had been on with a right groin strain.
2. The base-running – The O’s don’t run often, and this series offered examples of why. The O’s had runners on first and third with one out in the top of the third of Game 1 but then ran themselves out of the inning. Parmelee got caught stealing home on an attempted double steal, and then Travis Snider got picked off at first to end the inning. Also, Paredes got caught stealing second to end the top of the ninth in Game 1. Then in Game 2, Machado got caught stealing second after a single to lead off the game. And in Game 3, David Lough got thrown out at home to end the top of the ninth.
3. The defense in bottom of the sixth of Game 2 – The Red Sox’s five-run sixth included costly fielding errors by Norris and Chris Davis and a passed ball by Caleb Joseph. Norris also appeared late in getting to first on the play that resulted in Davis’ error.
4. Jones remaining out – Jones now has missed four straight games and seven of the last nine games due to a sore right shoulder.