Baltimore Orioles hit five home runs in win over Tigers
The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Detroit Tigers 12 to 3 after five different O’s hit home runs in the early innings.
After four games, the Baltimore Orioles split the series with the Tigers so the team is now one game under .500 again.
The big win came from solid O’s pitching and contributions from the entire lineup.
There were several stories in this game, but the biggest belonged to Manny Machado, Joey Rickard, and Jonathan Schoop on the offensive side. On the defensive side, Ubaldo Jimenez pitched another outstanding game and lowered his ERA to 6.31.
Pitching that defied the odds
Jimenez had a final line that defied the odds. He pitched 5.2 innings and only gave up one run, which happened to be a home run to Nicholas Castellanos. Jimenez allowed nine hits and walked three batters, so it is shocking that he only had one earned run to his credit. He did strike out six batters. Richard Bleier pitched 2.1 innings and held the Tigers to two hits. Even though this would have been an easy save for Zach Britton, Buck Showalter gave the final inning to Donnie Hart. In that last inning, Hart gave up three hits and two runs to the Tigers.
Machado has a day
It was the offense that ruled this game. And, it was expected as the Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez has been known to have issues on the mound. Sanchez’s troubles were the O’s gains as back-to-back-to-back home runs were hit off of him in the first inning. Machado got the offense started with a single to right field. Then, Schoop earned his first RBI of the game with a bomb over the left-center wall. He was followed by home runs from Chris Davis and Trey Mancini. By the end of the first, the score was 4-0.
Machado got his second hit of the day in the second inning. He hit a double that pushed Rickard over home plate. Then, in the fourth inning, both Rickard and Machado homered. Adam Jones was on base for Machado’s homer that went 411 feet to dead center field. After two home runs in this series, it is safe to say that Machado has found his power.
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So many hits and runs
The offense continued into the eighth inning when Machado hit another single and drove in Caleb Joseph and Rickard, again. Chris Davis hit a single that scored Jones. The final O’s run was scored in the eighth as Schoop scored after Tim Beckham hit a single.
By the time the game was over, Machado and Rickard both racked up eight bases each. They were both a triple away from the cycle. Machado went four for five with five RBIs. Rickard was four for four with one RBI. Jones also continued his consistency from the lead-off spot going two for five today. After missing a game earlier in the week, Mancini came back to go three for four today, pushing his batting average to .300. Machado’s batting average for August is an impressive .423. Even more notable is that he only has one strikeout this month.
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The Orioles proved that they are an offensive force up and down the lineup. Hopefully, this big win will carry over as the O’s head out to California for the start of a 10-day road trip.