(April 8-April 11)–Orioles Take 2-1 Series Winning on the Road in Boston
The Baltimore Orioles won their road series against the Boston Red Sox, 2-1 from April 8-11. But first the Orioles had to overcome a 3-1 series-opening loss which gave Boston its ninth straight season home-opening win.
The game was tied in a lock at zero until Red Sox left fielder Daniel Nava blasted a three-run hit in the bottom of the seventh inning that put Boston ahead for the eventual 3-1 victory. Orioles’ star center fielder Adam Jones gave Baltimore its lone run with a home run in the ninth, but that would be the only score the Orioles could muster.
But game two against Boston was completely different; instead of just a solo shot in the ninth, the Orioles in this game raked in five runs, erasing a 5-3 lead that Boston took into the final inning.
It all started with a single run home run by utility fielder Chris Davis that cut the lead to 5-4; then Third baseman Manny Machado blasted a three-run homer on the next at-bat, giving Baltimore the lead and eventual victory. Pitcher Darren O’Day got the win, and Jim Johnson earned his third save of the season.
The Orioles weren’t as successful batting in game three, as the score was locked at 2-2 through six innings. But the O’s eventually closed the series out after Adam Jones batted in an RBI in the seventh inning that ended up being the deciding run in a 3-2 victory for Baltimore. Pitcher Brian Matusz got the win and reliever Jim Johnson earned his fourth save of the season.
(April 12-April 13)–Orioles Bounce Back from Series Opening Loss to Split with Yankeess
Like their series against the Red Sox, Baltimore opened its weekend series against the New York Yankees with a loss on the road. The Orioles committed a deadly three-run error and the Yankees were able to use a triple play on defense to win their fourth straight game at the time with a 5-2 victory in game one on April 12 at Yankees Stadium.
The three-run error surprisingly came on a drop by two-time golden glove winner Adam Jones, who simply didn’t make a catch on a straight away hit to center field. But Jones made up for it in game two of the series by driving in one of the game-deciding runs in the Orioles 5-3 victory on April 13. The Orioles were hot at the late, hitting three home runs from infielder Ryan Flaherty and outfielders Nick Markakis and Nolan Reimold. Orioles starting pitcher Jason Hammel got the victory and Johnson took another save.
Player of the Week: Jim Johnson
Jim Johnson has been red hot coming out of the bullpen as a closer for the Orioles. He earned three saves this week, pushing his total to five saves in six of the Orioles’ wins this season. So far this season, he hasn’t allowed any earned runs, or home runs hit against him and has allowed just four hits.
The Orioles will next face the Tampa Rays in a three-game series in Baltimore on April 16-18, and then will host the L.A. Dodgers on April 19-21.
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