Recapping the Orioles’ first three-game sweep of Atlanta since 1999.
Game 1: 2-1 11-inning win on Monday night (July 27)
Game 2: 7-3 win on Tuesday night (July 28)
Game 3: 2-0 win on Wednesday night (July 29)
What I liked:
1. What a difference five games make – The O’s have gone from having lost 15 of 20 and looking more and more like potential sellers as opposed to buyers to now having tied a season high with five straight wins. The O’s have allowed just seven runs during the five-game winning streak.
2. The starting pitching – Orioles starters were very good for a second consecutive series and had their best series of the season.
Kevin Gausman tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings in Game 1 for the best of his five starts so far this season.
Ubaldo Jimenez, who had gotten rocked in each of his previous two starts, allowed two runs in seven innings in Game 2.
Chris Tillman tossed 8 2/3 scoreless innings in Game 3. His improvement over the last month-plus has been the most encouraging development on this team. Tillman had a 6.22 ERA over his first 14 starts this season. He now has a 1.09 ERA over his last six starts.
3. Offense that was good enough – The O’s batted just .224 (22-for-98), including going just 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position. But they totaled 10 walks and belted five key homers. Matt Wieters had a walk-off solo bomb in Game 1. Chris Davis had three-run and two-run shots in Game 2. Jonathan Schoop and J.J. Hardy had solo blasts in Game 3.
4. The bullpen – Orioles relievers combined to allow two runs and no walks in 5 2/3 innings.
What I didn’t like:
1. Nothing – This series joins the three-game sweep of Cleveland in late June as the Orioles’ best of the season.