Written by Chris Slade
Tonight's game got under way at 7:05 ET with Miguel Gonzalez and Jose Quintana on the mound. The Whites Sox grabbed an early lead on a Gordon Beckham solo homer I the 1st. They would tack on two more against Gonzalez on RBI singles from Alejandro De Aza and Tyler Flowers in the 2nd and the 4th. Steve Pearce got the Os on the board with a solo bomb in the 6th. The White Sox added an insurance run in the 8th and the Orioles were able to get a run back on a Delmon Young RBI single in the 9th. They ultimately fell 4-2, stranding a pair of runners in the 9th.
Miguel Gonzalez proved to be very hittable tonight but amnaged to get through five inings without allowing a crooked number. The White Sox tagged him for nine hits over his five innings of work. They were on his fastball in the 1st as all five batters were able to drive the ball to the outfield. One went for a Gordon Beckham homer, another for a Conor Gillaspie double. The other three went for flyouts. After allowing a second run on an Alejandro De Aza RBI single in the 2nd, Gonzalez appeared to settle in with a quick 1-2-3 inning in the 3rd. He got the first two outs in order in the 4th too before a string of two out singles gave the White Sox a 3-0 lead. The White Sox quickly loaded the bases with no outs against Gonzalez in the 5th but he somehow escaped without a run scoring. At this point, it was clear a big inning was waiting to happen to Gonzo and he exited the game after five. He would pick up the loss.
Final Line: 5 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, K, Loss
T.J. McFarland continues to quietly do solid work in the long man role this month and lowered his season ERA to 2.81 after his two scoreless innings in relief of Gonzalez tonight.
Tommy Hunter took over in the 8th and allowed an unearned run to score on a fielders choice by De Aza.
Zach Britton needed some work so he pitched the top of the 9th and looked sharp, striking out Adam Eaton swinging, then proceeding to retire the next two batters on groundouts.
Jose Quintana is an underrated pitcher that rates as a solid number three in my opinion and pitched like one tonight. The Orioles, aside from lefty killers Adam Jones and Steve Pearce, weren't able to get much going against him and struck out eight times over his seven innings of work.
Jones, Pearce, and Manny Machado each finished with two hits on the night.
Defensive Highlights/ Lowlights
Caleb Joseph had his first rough night in the bigs defensively. He allowed two stolen bases, got charged with a throwing error in the 2nd, and allowed De Aza to move to third in the 8th on a passed ball.
Joseph was invovled in one of the highlights of the game throwing down to second on an attempted double steal by the White Sox with Jonathan Schoop firing right back home to nab De Aza at home.
Key Moments In The Game
The Orioles had a chance to re-create the magic from last night against Ronald Belisario, with two on and the game winning run up to the plate in Ryan Flaherty. Flaherty grounded into a double play.
The double play the Orioles turned in the 5th to work out of a bases loaded situation kept the Orioles in the game even though they weren't able to complete a comeback this time.
Other Notes/ Musings
Jose Quintana's name reminded me of one of many eccentric characters from The Big Lebowski, Jesus Quintana...
Steve Pearce is on a tear as of late, batting 13-for-27 with four doubles, three homers, eight RBI's, and six walks over his last seven games.
Rubber match tomorrow night at 7:05 ET with Ubaldo Jimenez and Hector Noesi on the mound.
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