What We Missed While I Was Gone: A Recap
When I left off, the Orioles had just ended their 9-game losing streak with an outstanding outing by Alfredo Simon to a 6-5 win against the Indians. After that, they went on to win again to split the 4-game series with an 8-3 offensive blowout. The man of the hour was Robert Andino who hit a 3-run homer to take the 4-3 lead that was never relinquished. He had a career-high 4 RBI which was backed by solo HR by Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, and Matt Wieters.
So the O’s got a little win streak going to welcome the Red Sox to town. I’m sure every player still had a bitter taste in his mouth from the previous series that resulted in tons of ejections, hit/hurt players, and suspensions. The opening game of the series was a crazy one. The Red Sox were coming off a 16-inning 2-AM-finish 1-0 win over the Rays the night before and then they come here and bang out 15 runs while the O’s scored 10. That just shows how pathetic the pitching is.
Luckily, we didn’t see another losing streak start as the next night the O’s went on to win 6-2 as Guthrie got a win (only his 4th of the season) and lasted 7 innings. That’s 2 starters going 7 innings over 4 games. That’s good news. The bad news is they went on to lose the series with a 4-0 2-hitter shut-out by the Red Sox pitchers.
As for other news: Luke Scott, who’s been out with shoulder problems since the beginning of July, hit 2 home runs and had 6 RBI in a Bowie Baysox Double A game yesterday. He is expected to have surgery during the offseason if not sooner, but if he continues to improve like he has in his rehab appearances, he may be back soon.
Alfredo Simon is already back from the Dominican and will be pitching tonight against the Angels. He won’t have to deal with legal issues until October 18th which means the O’s have him for the remainder of the season.