With two more stolen bases on Sunday, the Orioles lead the American League with 33 on the season. As discussed last week, the O’s aggression on the bases is new to 2013 as they stole the fewest bases of any Major League team a season ago.
With his team facing one of the league’s most difficult pitchers, Matt Moore, and one of the worst defensive catchers, Jose Lobaton, Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones stole second and third on back to back pitches after tying the game with an RBI single the fourth inning. Jones would ultimately be left stranded after Steve Pearce flied out to shallow left field and J.J. Hardy recorded the inning’s final out.
Jones is a perfect 7-for-7 this season in stolen bases after going 16-for-23 in 2012. He’s on pace for 26 steals in 2013.
With the early breakout performances of Manny Machado and Chris Davis, it seems like Jones’s numbers haven’t been highlighted enough this season. AJ has reached base in 40 of 43 games this season and is hitting .322/.358/.500.
Heading into Sunday, Jones was hitting .391/.429/.587 with 20 RBI in 49 plate appearances with runners in scoring positions on the year.