Reviewing a loss and a win for the O’s in their two games with the Mets at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Game 1: 5-3 loss on Tuesday night (Aug. 18)
Game 2: 5-4 win on Wednesday night (Aug. 19)
What I liked:
1. Snapping an inexplicable slide – The Mets are a good team this season for the first time in a while. And yet the O’s had lost nine consecutive games to the Mets until the win in Game 2.
2. The offense – The O’s totaled four homers, went 5-for-15 with runners in scoring position and batted .258 (17-for-66) overall over the two games.
Henry Urrutia, the Orioles’ 2013 Minor League Player of the Year who is back in the majors for the first time since that season, had a single and a bases-loaded walk in Game 1 and a walk-off solo homer in Game 2 (his first career homer).
Manny Machado had a single and a walk in Game 1 and a double, a single and a stolen base in Game 2.
3. Matt Wieters being back – He returned from a five-game absence caused by a strained right hamstring in Game 1, providing two singles as the Orioles’ starting catcher. Wieters did not play in Game 2. He still has only caught on back-to-back days just once this season.
What I didn’t like:
1. Ubaldo Jimenez’s start in Game 2 – He allowed three runs in five innings, giving up five hits and four walks on 94 pitches. Ubaldo now has struggled in five of his last seven starts, during which he has a 7.12 ERA.
2. Kevin Gausman’s start in Game 1 – He allowed three runs in six innings, giving up two solo homers and an RBI double on 109 pitches. Not terrible but not very good, either.
3. Mychal Givens – He was charged with two runs (one earned) in the top of the ninth in Game 1 (thanks in part to Brad Brach’s run-scoring wild pitch) and then allowed a go-ahead leadoff homer to Wilmer Flores in the top of the seventh in Game 2.
4. Jonathan Schoop’s defense in Game 1 – He dropped a throw that ruined a chance to easily gun down Flores at the plate on Daniel Murphy’s RBI double in the top of the third and committed two errors, including one in the Mets’ two-run ninth. Schoop did deliver a two-run homer in Game 2.