Reviewing the Orioles’ series loss in Anaheim.
Game 1: 8-4 loss on Friday night (Aug. 7)
Game 2: 5-0 win on Saturday night (Aug. 8)
Game 3: 5-4 11-inning loss on Sunday (Aug. 9)
What I liked:
1. Ubaldo Jimenez’s start in Game 2 – He had struggled big time in three of his previous four starts but was awesome on Saturday night: eight scoreless innings on two hits, a walk and two hit-by-pitches versus six strikeouts.
2. The offense – For at least a third straight series, the bats delivered. The O’s batted .288 (32-for-111) overall, belted two homers in each game and totaled seven doubles.
Manny Machado went 9-for-15, blasting a double in Game 1 and a solo homer in Game 2.
Jonathan Schoop went 5-for-11 with five RBI, wacking a two-run homer in Game 1.
Matt Wieters went 4-for-13, belting a solo homer in Game 1.
Gerardo Parra had two singles in Game 1 and a solo homer and a single in Game 3.
What I didn’t like:
1. Kevin Gausman’s start in Game 1 – He allowed six runs in 5 2/3 innings on nine hits and two walks. Gausman had been very good in his previous two starts. He may be the biggest wild card in terms of the Orioles’ rotation over the final eight weeks of the regular season.
2. Miguel Gonzalez’s start in Game 3 – He allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings on seven hits (including two homers), two walks and two wild pitches. Gonzalez’s ERA was significantly better than his FIP in each of the previous three seasons. That’s not the case this season, during which his FIP and a number of other peripherals have been right in line with his past. It seems as if what should be is finally what it when it comes to Gonzalez.
3. The bullpen – Not awful but not shutdown, either. A 5-4 deficit became an 8-4 deficit thanks to the ‘pen in Game 1. Lefty specialist Brian Matusz allowed a walk-off single to the left-handed-batting David Murphy in Game 3. Orioles relievers combined to officially allow three runs in 9 1/3 innings on 12 hits and six walks, including three intentional walks in Game 3.
4. Base-running – That the O’s are a bad base-running team was quite evident in this series. Nolan Reimold and Adam Jones got thrown out on the bases for the final two outs in the top of the third in Game 1. Schoop got thrown out at home in the top of the second of Game 2. Caleb Joseph got thrown out at home in the top of the third in Game 2. Machado got caught stealing second to end the top of the seventh in Game 2. The O’s make way too many outs on the bases for a team contending for a postseason spot.