All is right in Birdland. After falling to the Astros 11-0 on Wednesday, the Orioles bounced back with a 6-3 victory to secure their 20th series win of 2013. #JustWinSeries
The O’s bats finally came through with 11 hits, snapping their streak of eight consecutive games without ten or more hits. Coming into Thursday’s game, the Orioles had recorded just 15 hits in their last three games.
Bud Norris made his Orioles debut, earning the win, a quality start and a postgame shaving cream pie from Adam Jones and Alexi Casilla. Also of note, this was the first time I’ve seen Casilla in like 3 1/2 weeks.
Norris had struggled in his previous three starts, allowing 16 earned runs in 17 innings pitched after posting a 2.29 ERA in his previous nine outings. Many have noted the defense behind Norris as the reason for his struggles, that will certainly change in Baltimore as the O’s have committed just 33 errors (fewest in MLB).
Of course, the O’s offense should do a much better job supporting Bud The Stud too. In Houston, Norris went through a stretch from April 17 to June 28 in which he did not receive more than three runs of support while he was in a game. His 2.90 run support average over that span was second-lowest in the American League.
Coming into his Orioles debut, Norris had received a 3.50 run support average this season (fourth-lowest in AL).
It took Norris 104 pitches to get through six innings. Perhaps jitters played a roll in the high pitch count as Norris had seen hitters swing at his first pitches 31.3 percent of the time heading into this outing.