(May 20-22) Orioles Shake Losing Funk in Series Win over Yankees

The Baltimore Orioles used the past week to successfully bounce back from their worst stretch of the season so far. The Orioles fell into a six-game losing slump from May 14-20, their longest losing streak in 2013. But they were able to break the funk starting with Game Two of their series against the American League East division leading New York Yankees on May 21.

Oriole outfielders Chris Dickerson batted two home runs and Nate McLouth hammered a game-winning home run as Baltimore edged out the Yankees, 3-2, in a 10-inning game.

The pitching victory went to starter Miguel Gonzalez, who had just returned from the injured/disabled list. Gonzalez threw 92 pitches through seven innings before resting. Relief pitcher Tommi Hunter then took over and threw two scoreless frames before allowing All-Star closer Jim Johnson to finish the game off.

Johnson was able to shake his own personal funk suffered last week where he oddly blew three potential saves, which ended his team record streak of 37 consecutive saves.

Baltimore kept the winning going into Game Three of their series against New York with a 6-3 win on May 22.The Orioles’ starting pitchers haven’t been able to last long into games, forcing the team to call on the bullpen early too often so far this season. However, that wasn’t the case in Game Three as starting pitcher Jason Hammel matched his season high 6 2/3 inning performance to keep the Yankees’ bats in check.

The Orioles also got great production from their bats as Baltimore’s 4, 5, and 6 hitters went 8-for-12 with two doubles along with two homeruns and five runs.

(May 23-25) O’s Keep the Wins Rolling against Blue Jays Later in the week, Baltimore won two more consecutive victories in Game Two and Game Three of their series against. the Toronto Blue Jays. The Orioles won Game Two 10-6, thanks to great batting. Chris Davis, Adam Jones, J.J. Hardy, and Danny Valencia each hit a home run during a stretch where the Orioles had 16 straight hits.

Starting pitcher Chris Tilman got the win, but he needed a great deal of help from the Orioles’ offense. Tilman pitched just five innings, allowing a season-high 10 hits, although he did limit the Blue Jays to just three runs while he was on the mound.

Freddy Garcia needed just as much offensive help in his pitching start for the Orioles in Game Three; the veteran pitcher pitched for only five innings, allowing nine hits despite just three runs earned. But Jones went deep again for another home run, his ninth of the year. Danny Valencia also hit a home run as the Orioles recorded nine hits total. Jim Johnson also proved that he fully recovered from his temporary slump as he came in to earn his 15th save of the year as Baltimore won, 6-5.

Orioles Player of the Week: Chris Davis
Adam Jones may be the best player on the Orioles roster, but there’s no doubt that Davis is currently the best batter. Davis had 11 hits, four homeruns, six RBIs, six runs and a batting average of .336. So far Davis leads MLB with 16 homeruns.

The Orioles (27-22 record) will take on I-95 rival, the Washington Nationals, in a four-game series on May 27-30, followed by a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers on May 31-June 2.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor