A breakdown of Baltimore’s three-day stand against the Blue Jays.
Game 1: 5-4 loss on Friday night (June 19)
Game 2: 5-3 win on Saturday afternoon (June 20)
Game 3: 13-9 win on Sunday afternoon (June 21)
What I liked:
1. The offense – The O’s batted .291 (32-for-110) and totaled 11 walks. Most impressive was the continued success with runners in scoring position: 15-for-32, including 9-for-13 in Game 3.
Manny Machado went 8-for-14 with two walks and a stolen base, blasting a two-run double in Game 2 and two RBI singles in Game 3.
Travis Snider played in Games 2 and 3 and went 5-for-8.
Jimmy Paredes played in Games 1 and 3 and went 5-for-8, bashing a three-run homer in Game 3.
2. The bullpen – Orioles relievers, who were leaned on a lot with two of the three starters each lasting for just 1 1/3 innings, combined to allow five runs in 18 1/3 innings, albeit while giving up 18 hits and 10 walks. But all things considered this goes down as a seventh straight impressive series for the bullpen. And how about Darren O’Day’s tightrope walk in the bottom of the eighth of Game 2? He allowed two sinlges and a walk to load the bases with no outs but then recorded three straight strikeouts.
3. The return of Kevin Gausman – Gausman on Saturday was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list, which he had been on since May 8 due to right shoulder tendinitis and started Game 2, allowing two runs in five innings. He was the fourth overall pick of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, was used only as a starter at the major-league level last season (108 ERA+ over 20 starts) but had been used only as a reliever this season so as to limit his innings and preserve his availability for later in the year. With Wei-Yin Chen and Bud Norris scheduled to be free agents, the O’s need Gausman to deliver on his potential and shine as a starting pitcher. The O’s optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday with Chen and Miguel Gonzalez both expected back in the rotation this week.
What I didn’t like:
1. Mike Wright’s start in Game 1 – Wright allowed four runs in 1 1/3 innings and was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday. He tossed 14 1/3 scoreless innings over his first two major-league starts. He has allowed 17 runs in 15 1/3 innings over four starts since.
2. Chris Tillman’s start in Game 3 – Tillman was awful once again, allowing six runs in 1 1/3 innings on six hits (including two homers and two doubles).