After laying eggs on Monday, and Tuesday, the Orioles battled back on Wednesday, and Thursday, earning a series split with the division leading Red Sox.
We’re right back to where we started at 1:30 on Monday, 1 game out of first place, with 3 games upcoming against the slumping New York Yankees. Not to mention we have Chris Tillman, Tyler Wilson, and Kevin Gausman on the bump on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, respectively.
Prior to tonight’s game, the O’s had hit 0 HR’s in this series. They hit 7 tonight. Adam Jones jacked two, Mark Trumbo clobbered two, and Pedro Alvarez, Manny Machado, and Francisco Pena all contributed one. For Pena, it was the first of his major league career.
Is it safe to say the Orioles are back to mashing the ball, well that’s tough to say. Seven homers in one game is impressive, but it’s been done a few times this season already. What would be nice is if we can have great outings from our starters over this upcoming weekend series, and forget about Ubaldo Jimenez’ stinker in the 6th inning tonight.
Ubaldo cruised along until the 6th, where he gave up 5 runs, including a lead-changing home run to David Ortiz. This shows you how quickly Ubaldo can implode, and how quickly the Red Sox can turn on the power.
The dust has settled on this series Birdland, and let me see a show of hands on how many of you thought we’d end up splitting this series.