Baltimore Orioles outslugged despite Chris Davis’ two homers
I suspect that most fans would have assumed a Baltimore Orioles victory if two Chris Davis home runs was a given. However the fact is that the O’s were outslugged tonight in their loss to Texas. Miguel Gonzalez seemed to struggle from the get go, and similar to Bud Norris on Monday he couldn’t seem to get strike one. Gonzalez’s line: 4.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 3 BB, 1 K.
It’s hard to say why pitchers can end up struggling from time to time, but the fact is that Gonzalez just didn’t have it tonight. And that will happen ver the course of a season. One thing that I did notice was that he wasn’t seeming to trust his stuff. Instead he tried to nibble on the corners of the plate, and his stats show accordingly.
One thing that was evident from the beginning is that you never give teams extra outs.Adam Jones reached first base on an E4 in the second inning with two outs, which brought Chris Davis to the plate. And Davis launched one deep into the early Baltimore evening, and the O’s took a 2-0 lead. However Texas was in the mood for homers also, and they tied the score in the second with a two-run homer by Mitch Moreland.
Gonzalez struggled his way through the third inning, loading the bases with nobody out. Prince Fielder would single home a run, however Gonzalez would induce Adrian Beltre into a double-play to score a second run. While the run scored, mark that as a victory for Miguel Gonzalez in that he limited the damage as best he could.
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But the game was tied again shortly, as Chris Davis’ second two-run homer of the night netted the scored at four. Again, show me two Davis homers and in general you’re going to be showing me an Orioles’ victory. But that was not to be on this night.
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In the top of the fifth Robinson Chirinos and Shin-Soo Choo both added solo homers to put Texas back in the lead at 6-4. Manny Machado would bring the Birds to within 6-5, however Mitch Moreland would strike again with a two-run homer in the eighth. That sealed the Orioles fate in this game, although the Birds rallied in the ninth. Travis Snider‘s RBI-single cut the lead to 8-6, which is how the game ended.
It’s tough to know whether or not Texas or Mitch Moreland beat the O’s the last two nights, however the fact is that Texas is a contending team and is playing for keeps. The Orioles have now dropped the first two out of four games in this series, and will need to win the final two games in order to draw even in the series.
The series continues tomorrow night with Wei-Yin Chen on the mound for the Orioles. He’ll be opposed by Texas’ Nick Martinez. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.
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