Orioles Weekly –11

Baltimore Orioles’ Delmon Young, left, slides home safely to score during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 14, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

The Baltimore Orioles claimed important victories over their AL East rivals to hold onto second place in the division, taking two of three from the Boston Red Sox and two of the first three in a four game series against the TorontoBlue Jays in a recent home stand. As of June 15, Baltimore has a 35-32 record, tied with the New York Yankees for second place.

June 9-11: Pitching Key in Series Win over Boston

The Orioles opened the week with a 4-0 victory over the Red Sox on June 9 in Game One of their three-gameset. Starting pitcher Bud Norris went an impressive eight innings without giving up a single run and surrendered only three hits. Tommy Hunter closed the game out in the ninth inning. Outfielders Adam Jones and Nick Markakis and second baseman Ryan Flaherty each went the yard with home runs; Jones led
the game with three hits.

The Orioles received another impressive outing from their starting pitcher in Game Two on June 10. Starter Chris Tillman pitched six innings and gave up seven hits and just one run. But that run was all the Red Sox needed, as Baltimore struggled offensively from the plate and recorded just two hits to allow Boston to hold on to a 1-0 win.

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Bud Norris, right, gets a fist bump from catcher Nick Hundley. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

The Birds bounced back in Game Three on June 11 with another shutout victory, 6-0. First baseman Chris Davis hit his 10th home run of the season and starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen was nearly flawless on the mound, allowing only four hits and no runs with seven strikeouts in seven innings pitched.

June 12-14: Orioles Win Two Against Blue Jays

Baltimore kept their winning ways alive in Game One of its four-game series against division-leading Toronto on June 12. Spot-starter Kevin Gausman picked up his second win of the season as the Orioles beat the Blue Jays, 4-2. Gausman pitched well over six innings, allowing just five hits and one earned run. Designated hitter Delmon Young hit a home run with two RBI, and the Orioles had nine hits as a team.

The Orioles collected another nine hits in Game Two on June 13, but couldn’t get a run across home plate in a 4-0 loss. Starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez was solid, scattering three hits and two earned runs in six innings. But without their offense, the Orioles fell into the losing column.

Toronto Blue Jays’ Jose Reyes (7) is tagged out on a grounder, by Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Bud Norris. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Baltimore rallied the next night with a 3-2 win over Toronto in Game Three on June 14. Davis hit his 11th home run of the season and starter Bud Norris was excellent, allowing just one earned run in seven innings. Reliever Zack Britton closed out the game for his seventh save of the season.

Next up: Following the conclusion of their series with Toronto on June15, the Orioles will travel to Tampa to take on the Rays in a three-game series on June 16-18. Baltimore will thereafter head to New York to face the Yankees in a three-game series, June 20-22.

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor