Written by Chris Slade
Today's game got started at 2:05 ET with Bud Norris and Kyle Hendricks on the mound. The O's scored first when Adam Jones singled in a run. Bud Norris helped himself out by singling in a run in the top of the 2nd. The Cubs put up a 4-spot in the bottom of the 2nd, highlighted by a three-run triple from Chris Coghlan. The game would be delayed a little over three hours after the 2nd inning. Ubaldo Jimenez entered for Norris when the game resumed. The Orioles were blanked the rest of the way while the Cubs added three more runs in the 6th, 7th, and 8th, highlighted by a Javier Baez home run. The O's drop the series with the 7-2 loss.
Bud Norris saw his outing cut short due to the rain delay. But, the way he was pitching he may have had a short outing anyway. He started out strong in the first inning and did pick up four strikeouts. However, the 2nd inning fell appart quickly as the Cubs picked up four hits and four runs, capped off by a bases clearing triple from Chris Coghlan. Norris fell to 11-8.
Final Line: 2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, BB, 4 K, Loss
Ubaldo Jimenez made his first relief appearance with the Orioles. His outing went very well. He retired the side in order his first two innings of work with four strikeouts. The next two innings he did allow a run to come across but walked just one batter and picked up his 5th strikeout.
Tommy Hunter entered in the 7th and didn't have one of his better outings. He surrendered four hits and two runs over two innings, including a solo bomb to Javier Baez.
The bats looked ready to play over the first two innings against Kyle Hendricks. Steve Pearce hit a double in the 1st and scored on Adam Jones's RBI single. The 2nd inning was also productive as J.J. Hardy singled and Jonathan Schoop doubled followed by an RBI single from Bud Norris. The scoring ceased for the offense from there.
The Cubs bullpen had their way with the Oriole bats following the delay as the bats picked up just two hits over the final 7 innings.
Defensive Highlights/ Lowlights
Steve Pearce made a headsy play at first base, fielding a grounder and gunning over to third to get Wellington Castillo, who had attempted to move over on the play.
Key Moments In The Game
Bud Norris was just a strike away from escaping trouble in the 2nd when Chris Coghlan hit a game changing, bases clearing triple to give the Cubs a 4-2 lead they never relinquished.
Other Notes/ Musings
The Orioles will return Miguel Gonzalez to the mound tomorrow at 2:05 ET. He will be opposed by none other than Tsuyoshi Wada, former Oriole international signee.
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