Written by Chris Slade
Tonight's conclusion of a three game set got under way at 8:05 ET with Hector Noesi and Wei-Yin Chen on the mound. The White jumped out to an early 2-0 lead when Avisail Garcia hit a two-run bomb. Steve Pearce led off the 3rd with a solo homer and Nelson Cruz gave the Orioles a lead with a two run blast to left. Adam Jones hit a solo homer in the 6th. Garcia sac flied in a run in the bottom half of the inning to cut the O's lead to 4-3. That would be the final score as the bullpen held on to complete the sweep!
Wei-Yin Chen had another strong outing tonight. After falling behind early in the 1st, Chen settled in and dominated the rest of the way. He allowed just 4 hits going into the 8th inning where he was removed with one out after allowing two singles. Chen needed just 86 pitches to get through 7.1 innings of work tonight. As usual, Chen showed masterful strikezone command, consistently getting ahead of the count before finishing off several hitters with his slider. He notched 7 strikeouts tonight with one walk surrendered and now has a career high 13 wins on the season.
Final Line: 7.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, 7 K, Win
Darren O'Day took over with one out in the 8th and retired both batters he faced on nasty frisbee sliders.
Zach Britton entered for the save in the 9th and got the job done, setting down the side with ease.
The bats weren't exceptional at the plate tonight but they did what they do best: Hit the longball. All four runs scored off Noesi came via the longball and proves enough for a win in the end.
Steve Pearce got the scoring going with a solo home run in the 3rd and has really seen his bat heat back up again on this road trip. Nelson Cruz took back the majors home run lead with a missile of a home run in the 3rd inning. He now has 33 and his two-run shot plated Adam Jones. Jones had a big 3-for-4 night and hit a solo shot in the 6th to right field.
Defensive Highlights/ Lowlights
Chris Davis continues to play a fine third base and made a nice diving stop in the 6th before gunning over to 2nd for a force out.
Key Moments In The Game
The home runs were all key moments in the game as they accounted for the four runs the Orioles needed to win this game. The White Sox were threatening in the 8th with two runners on with one out in a one run game. Then, they met Darren O'Day who put that threat to rest rather quickly, including a bigtime strikeout of Jose Abreu.
Other Notes/ Musings
That's the Orioles first sweep in Chicago since July of 1995. Thank you MASN Roch's twitter feed for that tidbit if information. The Orioles have pitched to a 2.87 ERA since June 30. Makes sense, as the team has a 31-13 record since that date and now a 9 game lead on the Blue Jays. The Birds have off tomorrow but won't have to travel too far for their next opponent. They'll just head to the other side of town to face the Cubs on Friday. Kevin Gausman is set to face Jake (Sc)Arrieta, who's having quite the breakthrough year.
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