Breaking down Baltimore’s three-game stand against the Tigers at Comerica Park.
Game 1: 7-3 loss on Friday night (July 17)
Game 2: 3-0 win on Saturday night (July 18)
Game 3: 9-3 win on Sunday afternoon (July 19)
What I liked:
1. The offense – The O’s batted .306 (34-for-111) overall and finally busted out with runners in scoring position in Game 3, going 6-for-10 off being 9-for-102 over the previous 15 games.
Half of the Orioles’ hits came from three guys: Adam Jones, Jonathan Schoop and Manny Machado.
Jones went 7-for-14, belting a double in Game 2 and solo homer in Game 3.
Schoop went 6-for-12, hitting doubles in Games 1 and 2 and a three-run homer in Game 3.
Machado went 4-for-11 with four walks, providing a solo homer and a double in Game 2.
2. Chris Tillman’s start in Game 2 – Tillman retired the final 23 batters he faced, tossing eight scoreless innings on eight strikeouts versus one hit and one walk. An excellent outing from someone whom the O’s need a lot more out of in the post-All-Star-break portion of the season.
3. The bullpen – Orioles relievers combined to allow one run in nine innings.
What I didn’t like:
1. Ubaldo Jimenez’s start in Game 1 – The most pleasant surprise for the O’s so far this season had his worst outing of the year: seven runs in 4 2/3 innings on seven hits (including three homers) and a wild pitch. The bright spot? He didn’t walk anyone.
2. Miguel Gonzalez’s start in Game 3 – It’s not that he was necessarily bad (two runs in five innings), it’s that he was given a 7-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth and only lasted two more innings. Starting pitchers, when staked to big leads, should throw strikes and devour innings. I know it’s easier said than done, but Gonzalez didn’t do that, continuing what’s been a very uneven season for him.