The Orioles headed into Chicago to take on the White Sox for the final time this season. While trying to hold off the Blue Jays in the AL East, the O’s looked to take some games against a struggling White Sox team.
Game One: Orioles: 7, White Sox: 5
Yovani Gallardo got the start for the Orioles and pitched a very decent ballgame. Gallardo went six innings allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out three and walking only one. The three addition runs for the Sox came against Darren O’Day, who was charged with three earned runs on the night.
As for the Orioles offense, it was the Pedro Alvarez show once again. Alvarez had two home runs on the night, both solo shots. The O’s also got runs thanks to a 2-RBI double by Manny Machado, an RBI single by Mark Trumbo, a J.J. Hardy RBI single and an Adam Jones sacrifice fly.
Game Two: White Sox: 4, Orioles: 2
In a game where Chris Tillman pitched to the best of his abilities, he was just simply not helped out by his offense. Tillman went six innings allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out four and walking two.
The only offense behind him was in the form of a J.J. Hardy ground rule double followed by Hardy getting a sacrifice fly in the following inning.
Game Three: Orioles: 10, White Sox: 2
There were so many positives in this game, I’m not sure where to start. I guess it is always good to start out with the fact that Manny Machado had three home runs on the day, all in the first three innings, with seven RBI’s to his credit. J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis also had home runs on the day, leaving nine of the O’s 10 runs on the day via the long ball.
On the mound, Dylan Bundy pitched very well once again going six innings allowing two runs on four hits while striking out nine and walking only one.
His performance was followed by Ubaldo Jimenez who threw three scoreless innings on the way to his first career save.
Pedro Alvarez also picked up another RBI with an RBI single thrown into the mix of all the offense the O’s had on the day.
I am glad to see the Orioles put up such a good effort on the road especially with them not being the best road team. Albeit, the White Sox may not be the most elite competition right now but you will take whatever you can get.
The Orioles will now get ready for a four game series against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland. The series will start with Kevin Gausman going against Kendall Graveman followed by Wade Miley going against Zach Neal. Yovani Gallardo will go in the third game of the series with Chris Tillman going in the final game with the A’s starters yet to be announced for the final two.