The Baltimore Orioles were simply on fire throughout the fourth week of the season, beating the Toronto Blue Jays, 2-1, in a home series to open the week before sweeping Oakland Athletics to close out the week. The successful week pushed the Orioles to a 15-9 overall record.
O’s Soar Above Blue Jays in Series, 2-1 (April 22-April 24)
The Orioles took Game One with right fielder Nick Markakis’ RBI hit in the ninth inning, sending first baseman Chris Davis in for the game-deciding run in a 2-1 victory. Davis, fifth batter in the lineup, was hit by a pitch that got him on base, and shortstop J.J. Hardy hit a sacrifice blunt to push Davis to second base. Markakis’ RBI single then sent Davis home for the win.
Baltimore followed up with another impressive win in game two; they scored all four of their runs in the second inning, and then relied on outstanding pitching from their bullpen to hold off the Blue Jays for a 4-3 win. Orioles closer Jim Johnson picked up his eighth save of the season, but he wasn’t the only relief pitcher to pitch well. Relief pitcher Darren O’Day kept Toronto scoreless in the seventh inning and Pedro Strop pitched a scoreless eighth inning before Johnson took over in the ninth.
Unfortunately, the O’s fell short of the series sweep as they allowed Toronto to steal game three with a 6-5 win. Jim Johnson uncharacteristically blew a save when he gave up a walk with the bases loaded in the 11th inning.
Baltimore Sweeps the A’s for Three Straight Wins (April 25-April 27)
With no days off, the Orioles headed west where they smacked around Oakland, 10-2 in game one of the series. After falling behind by two runs early on, the bats came alive for Baltimore in the third inning starting with Manny Machado’s RBI single and Markakis’ RBI single. Chris Davis later hit a single home run in the sixth inning. Baltimore recorded 15 hits total in the game.
The Orioles had far less success at bat in game two, recording just seven hits with three runs. They went scoreless for the first six innings. But Baltimore got lucky with an unearned run in the seventh inning and Nate McCloud hit a RBI in the ninth inning, followed by a sacrifice fly by Markakis that put the game away, 3-0.
Markakis continued his success at bat in game three with a two-run homer. Adam Jones also hit a home run as the Orioles won, 7-3.
Player of the Week: Nick Markakis
Markakis has been the most consistent batter for the Orioles this season and his consistency helped deliver them five wins in week four. He recorded seven RBI’s, six hits, three runs and one homerun during the week.
The Orioles will face the Seattle Mariners on the road in a four-game series from April 29 through to May 1, and then will travel to Los Angeles on May 2-5.