Written by Bruce Smith (VaTech1994)
By Bruce Smith (VaTech1994)
The Orioles won a low scoring game over the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 3-1 at Rogers Centre. The scoring all occurred in the first four innings and both bullpens pitched well. The Orioles bullpen covered 3.2 scoreless innings after Miguel Gonzalez left with a groin strain in the sixth.
The win gave the Orioles the series win over the Blue Jays 2-1 and left the season series at 8-8 with three games remaining in Baltimore the last week of the season.
Miguel Gonzalez got the win for the Orioles. Miguel would tell you he battled but didn’t really have great stuff today. The Blue Jays swung early and often throughout the series and today was no exception. In the first inning, he threw 8 pitches to get three outs and 4 of them were balls. Encarnacion flew out to center on a 3-0 to end the inning. Miguel gave up a mammoth home run Adam Lind on a high split, but that was the only run the Jays got all day.
Miguel left the game after striking out Lind looking to start the 6th. It was pretty clearly a strained groin, but there is no word on how long he’ll be shelved.
Miguel’s final line was 5.1 IP, 6 hits, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 K, and the win.
Kevin Gausman came in to relieve Miguel and immediately gave up a hit and a walk on an extended at bat. However, he came back to strike out the next two hitters to get out of the inning. Kevin continued to show great velocity, an outstanding change/split, very little in the way of a slider, and varying control in and out of the strike zone. His final line was 0.2 IP, 1 hits, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K.
Frankie Rodriguez came in to pitch the 7th and struggled. He gave up two hits including a ground rule double to Encarnacion before issuing an intentional walk to Lind. His final line was 0.2 IP, 2 hits, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 0 K.
Tommy Hunter relieved Rodriguez with the bases loaded and struck out Moises Sierra, overpowering him for the 2nd time in the series. Tommy also pitched the 8th. He pounded the zone with confidence and pitched a clean inning. Tommy’s outing today was huge and he was arguably the MVP of the game. His final line was 1.1 IP, 0 hits, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
Jim Johnson came in and was able to secure the save. He gave up a hit to start the inning which has happened at an amazing clip this season. However, he settled down to record three fairly routine outs while dealing with the fact that the batter in all three cases represented the tying run. He struck out Encarnacion on 4 pitches to end the game. His final line was 1.0 IP, 1 hits, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K and the save.
Overall, the bullpen threw 3.2 innings and gave up 0 runs.
The Orioles hitters continued to battle, but they look like a tired team.
Nick Markakis had the best overall day at the plate with two hits and a walk. He looks significantly better since his wife had their 2nd child earlier this week though it is the definition of small sample size.
Danny Valencia hit a huge double to drive in the first two Orioles runs with 2 outs in the 3rd inning. It was the Orioles only hit with runners in scoring position.
Chris Davis battled back from an 0-2 count to walk in the 4th with the bases loaded to drive in the Orioles third and final run of the day. It was a patient at bat that picked up Machado who struck out with the bases juiced and one out right in front of Davis.
The Orioles continued to play great defense as they added another errorless game, but there were no specific plays to highlight.
Key Moments In The Game
Tommy striking out Sierra with the bases jacked, Valencia’s two out, two RBI double, and Davis’ walk with the bases loaded.
Nate McLouth was hit solidly on the knee and had to leave the game in the 9th inning.
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