Reviewing the Orioles’ four-game sweep of the A’s.
Game 1: 8-6 13-inning win on Friday night (Aug. 14)
Game 2: 4-3 win on Saturday night (Aug. 15)
Game 3: 18-2 win on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 16)
Game 4: 4-2 win on Monday night (Aug. 17)
What I liked:
1. The offense – The O’s had a franchise-record-tying 26 hits, including four homers, and went 12-for-23 with runners in scoring position in Game 3. The O’s batted .340, blasted 11 homers and scored 34 runs over the four games.
Gerardo Parra homered in Games 2 and 3 and went 10-for-18 overall.
Adam Jones had a three-run homer in Game 1 and two homers in Game 3 and went 7-for-17 with a walk overall.
Chris Davis had three homers over the first two games and went 7-for-18 with a walk overall.
2. The starting pitching in Games 2-4 – The rotation was good over the final three games of the series. Miguel Gonzalez allowed three runs in seven innings in Game 2. Wei-Yin Chen allowed two runs in six innings in Game 3. Chris Tillman allowed two runs in seven innings in Game 4, marking his fifth impressive outing over his last six starts.
3. The bullpen – Orioles relievers combined to allow two runs in 15 innings, recording 16 strikeouts versus 10 hits and four walks.
What I didn’t like:
1. Ubaldo Jimenez’s start in Game 1 – He struggled for the fourth time in six starts, giving up four runs in five innings on nine hits and two walks.
2. Matt Wieters remaining out – He now missed five straight games due to a strained right hamstring. But Caleb Joseph had a two-run homer, two-run double, single and a walk in Game 3 and an RBI double in Game 4. Steve Clevenger, serving as a DH, had a three-run homer in Game 4.