The Orioles continue to roll through their opponents, whether at home against the Angels and White Sox or on the road against the Indians. Yesterday it was seven wins under Buck Showalter, today it’s eight. At the core of this recent success has been timely offense, an improvement on defense, but most of all outstanding pitching.
Last night, Brad Bergesen continued the trend with his complete game, two hit, one run performance. It was Bergesen’s first win since May 12 and his first decision since July 26. Bergesen got the job done with just 102 pitches and recorded five innings of less than ten pitches each. It was the young sinker baller’s second complete game of his career and he said in the Orioles’ post game show that he hopes it’s not his last.
Every night it seems that Baltimore’s starters continue to out perform each other. Despite giving up five in the fourth inning on Tuesday, Jake Arrieta rallied back and recorded six straight outs in the fifth and sixth to secure a big Orioles win.
The same has been true throughout the Orioles current stretch under Showalter. Starting pitchers have gone at least six innings and four have earned wins.
How long can the young Orioles arms keep this up? Hopefully through October 3rd. The Birds of Baltimore finally seem to be clicking on all cylinders.