Baltimore Orioles: Chris Davis with a career-high four hits

Chris Davis had a career-high of four hits as the Baltimore Orioles defeated Kansas City 8-3.

Chris Davis had never recorded four hits in a game, be it with Texas or the Baltimore Orioles. That streak ended last night as he recorded four, and the Birds defeated Kansas City. The Orioles’ win evened the series at one game a piece, setting up a rubber match this afternoon.

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In fairness, the O’s had some help. Kansas City made several unforced errors in the field, however the Orioles took advantage. For the record, Kansas City was never charged with an error. However mental blunders will often just eat you alive, and we saw that last night. The is a team that’s played superior defense over the past couple of seasons; however needless to say, that ability seemed to take the night off.

Tyler Wilson pitched well over five innings for the Orioles, however we’re unsure if this was a spot start out of the bullpen. Wilson’s line: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Showalter and company may well be viewing Wilson as a starter at this point – that’s unclear. But while he only went five innings last night, he served his purpose. 

It was Chris Davis who started the Orioles off to victory last night; the first of his four hits was a solo home run in the second inning. The Orioles then were the beneficiaries of Hyun-Soo Kim‘s first big league RBI, as he plated a second run and the Birds held a 2-0 lead. However in the last of the second Perez smacked a two-run homer to tie the game.

But it wasn’t tied for long – Mark Trumbo‘s RBI-single gave the O’s the lead right back. Both he and Davis would also smack RBI-singles in the fourth, along with an RBI-double off the bat of Machado. Which brings me to one of Kansas City’s faux pas’; Rickard grounded into what was scored as a fielder’s choice. However it should have been a double-play. Kansas City’s infield seemed to take their time in turning the double-play, and Rickard legged it out to first base and was safe. That would have ended the inning. 

Kansas City would smack an RBI-single in the fifth, and the O’s would get an insurance run off of Trumbo’s bat again in the ninth. At the end of the day, this was a very solid team win for the Birds. As good as the O’s were at the plate, they also walked a trapeez act several times on the mound. Wilson induced a big double-play to end the fifth inning and escape a jam and Mychal Givens struck out two to escape the sixth.

The Orioles did end up sending Yovani Gallardo to the DL with what they called shoulder tendinitis. It’s unclear what caused it or how long it’s bothered Gallardo, but he’ll be on the shelf for at least 15 days. This isn’t exactly the news the Birds wanted to break, however as I said yesterday it was a veteran move on Gallardo’s part to say he was hurt. The team has to come first, and he knew that him not being 100% only hurt the team. 

The series concludes this afternoon, as the O’s attempt to take two of three from the defending champions. Mike Wright will head to the mound for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by  Kansas City’s Yordano Ventura. Game time is set for just after 2 PM.