Baltimore Orioles defeat the Athletics with power hitting
The Baltimore Orioles continue to add to their home run numbers after defeating the Oakland Athletics by a score of 7-3.
The full Baltimore Orioles lineup contributed with plenty of offense and defense to get a much-needed win against the West Coast team.
Unfortunately for the Orioles, this game did not do much to move them closer to the second Wild Card spot. The O’s are 3.5 games back. Fortunately, the Los Angeles Angels lost, moving them 0.5 games back from the Minnesota Twins. But, every other team in the O’s way won their Monday night games.
The veteran led the team
Adam Jones had an outstanding day against the Athletics. Batting in the fourth spot, he hit two home runs. He hit one in the fourth and another in the fifth. He also scored a run off of Mark Trumbo‘s sac fly in the second inning. By the end of the day, Jones had a perfect day at the plate going four for four, scoring three runs, and earning two RBIs.
Jonathan Schoop also went yard against the A’s. His home run was in the fifth inning, right before Jones’s second home run of the night. Schoop’s home run scored Seth Smith and Manny Machado. Smith got on base with a walk and Machado got to first on a fielding error. All nine batter saw time at the plate in the ninth inning. Unfortunately, the A’s did not allow any other players to cross home after the Jones’ home run.
Good pitching with defensive help
Wade Miley certainly benefitted from the offensive support, but he also received help on the defensive side. He pitched six innings and finished the day with five hits and two earned runs. He walked four batters and struck out six.
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In the second inning, Miley found himself in trouble after a single, walk, and a double that scored a run. A series of on-target throws from Smith to Schoop to Welington Castillo got Chad Pindar out at home. Miley also was the benefactor of three doubles plays and a second outfield assist. Without those plays, the score would have been significantly closer.
Orioles pitching did give up a pair of home runs, too. Jed Lowrie, who is always a threat at the plate, hit a home run of off Miley in the sixth. Then, Boog Powell hit one in the eighth off of Brad Brach. Fortunately for the O’s, Castillo matched Powell’s home run in the bottom of the eighth.
Overall, both teams provided entertainment for the fans. With 17 hits between the two teams, there was plenty of offense. There was also plenty of great defensive plays that kept the game interesting. And, to make the game even better, Zach Britton got his 11th save of the season.
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The two teams face off Tuesday night at Camden Yards as Ubaldo Jimenez pitches against Paul Blackburn. The first pitch is at 7:05.