After falling behind two games to none in their
series against the Rangers, the Orioles buckled down and won the last two games
of the series. Last night in the final game, the Orioles won by a score of 3-1.
The win kept the Orioles safe in third place in the AL East. Each team in the conference won
their respective games Thursday so the standings remain with Boston
in second, Baltimore in third, and New
York in fourth.
Solid pitching and defense secured the win for
the Orioles last night. Miguel Gonzalez got the start on the mound despite
having back spasms just thirty minutes before the game began. He went 6 2/3
innings and made 104 pitches with 66 of them being strikes. The only blemish on
his pitching record was the solo homerun by Ian Kinsler in the sixth inning.
On his success, Gonzalez said, "I thought my
splitter wasn't great today, but my curveball was there, and also my slider, so
that helped me out." Gonzalez also said that once he started warming up ,
the back spasms weren't an issue anymore. When Gonzalez's night was through,
the crowd of 21,857 at Camden Yards gave the 28 year old a standing ovation.
On the offensive side of things, the Orioles got
runs from Chris Davis, Brian Roberts, and Matt Weiters. Roberts scored on a solo homerun in the sixth while
Weiters reached on a Nate McClouth RBI. Roberts's homerun was his first since
Opening Day 2011.
"It's nice, period. A big hit."
Showalter said about the homerun. And then about Roberts, "We tried to
start out slowly...he can be a contributor for us...we missed him."
Roberts was placed on the DL for most of the season and only just made his
return. All eyes will be on him, to see if he will indeed be able to contribute
to the team.
hit his career best 34th homerun in the inning. The homer snapped an 0-for-17
drought he had been suffering. "I was just glad to get a hit," Davis said about the
homer. "[I] got tired of striking out and grounding out and breaking
bats." With the league leading homerun hitter back in form, the Orioles
have yet another thing looking up for them.
The Orioles are back in
action tonight, July 12, to play the first game in a three game set against
Toronto.Tilman will be making the start hoping to improve on his 10-3 record.
Tune into MASN at 7:05 to see the action.