What I liked / didn’t like about the Orioles three-game stand against Chicago.
Game 1: 1-0 loss on Friday night (July 3)
Game 2: 3-2 loss on Saturday afternoon (July 4)
Game 3: 9-1 win on Sunday afternoon (July 5)
What I liked:
1. Ubaldo Jimenez’s start in Game 1 – Ubaldo allowed one run in seven innings and now has one allowed one run in 15 innings over his last starts.
2. Miguel Gonzalez’s start in Game 3 – Gonzalez , who had struggled in two starts since coming off the 15-day disabled list, allowed one run in six innings.
3. The bullpen – Orioles relievers combined to allow one run in 7 1/3 innings, recording 10 strikeouts versus just three hits and two walks.
4. The offense in Game 3 – The O’s snapped a six-game funk with 10 hits and five walks. Adam Jones had an RBI double, another double and a walk. Steve Pearce had an RBI single, two other singles and a walk. Caleb Joseph had a two-run double, an RBI groundout and a walk. And we had…
5. The return of Joantan Schoop in Game 3 – Schoop, who hadn’t played in a major-league game since April 17 due to a sprained right knee, crushed a solo homer in his first plate appearance back and later added an RBI fielder’s choice. And by the way, did you notice how the O’s made room on their 25-man roster for Schoop? They optioned Ryan Flaherty, who has started 45 games at second base this season, to Triple-A Norfolk. Just another example of the O’s maximizing options and roster flexibility regardless of resume.
What I didn’t like:
1. The offense overall – The went just 9-for-61 over Games 1 and 2, went 4-for-24 with runners in scoring position over all three games and totaled 30 strikeouts in the series.
2. Chris Davis getting robbed of two home runs – Davis was robbed of a game-tying solo homer by Avisail Garcia in the top of the ninth of Game 2 and then was robbed of a homer by J.B. Shuck in the top of the eighth of Game 3, though that play did result in a run-scoring sacrifice fly.
3. Chris Tillman’s start in Game 2 – Tillman gave up 10 hits, a walk and a wild pitch in lasting just 4 2/3 innings and was lucky to only give up two runs.