After taking two games out of three against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Orioles began on a mini-road trip starting with a visit to Kansas City to face the defending World Champion Royals.
Game One: Royals: 4, Orioles: 2
The opener of the series looked ugly from the beginning when the Royals scored three runs in the bottom of the first off Orioles starter Yovani Gallardo.
They added on a run in the bottom of the 2nd and that was the end of the day for Gallardo, going only two innings while allowing 4 runs on 5 hits and striking out nobody.
It was later revealed that Gallardo was struggling with shoulder pain and was placed on the D.L. the next day and could potentially miss up to four weeks.
The bright spot in this game for the O’s was T.J. McFarland coming in and shutting down the Royals offense, giving the Orioles the best chance to come back in the game. McFarland went five innings allowing no runs on three hits and striking out one.
As for the Orioles offense, J.J. Hardy delivered on an RBI single in the 4th and Manny Machado stayed hot with a home run in the bottom of the 6th.
Game Two: Orioles: 8, Royals: 3
Tyler Wilson was given the spot start for this game and pitched well having only gone five innings on the night. Wilson was able to only give up three runs on six hits while striking out one in those five innings and got his first win of the season.
I did not expect Wilson to go far into the game due to the fact that this was the first time he was being stretched out to be a starter this season. He has mainly been used in long relief but hopefully he gets on a schedule now to where he can stay in the rotation and earn a spot in it with Yovani Gallardo going down with an injury.
The big story of this game for the O’s was their offense which started early in the game. Chris Davis was able to connect for his sixth home run of the season in the top of the 2nd inning, giving the Orioles a 1-0 lead at the time.
Later in that inning, Hyun Soo Kim, getting the start in left field for the game, got his first MLB RBI on a single to center field scoring J.J. Hardy.
The Orioles put up one run in the 3rd and four in the 4th inning to give them a 7-2 lead after four innings.
A big part of the game for me was Mychal Givens coming into a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the 6th and shutting the door on the Royals hitters by getting two strikeouts. It was good to see considering Givens has had some struggles this season, mostly against left handed hitters.
The O’s tacked on the run in the top of the 9th and were able to close this one out at 8-3.
Game Three: Royals: 6, Orioles: 1
A flurry of runs by the Royals in the bottom of the 7th inning off Orioles starter Mike Wright and reliever Dylan Bundy allowed the Royals to sew up the series.
The Orioles bats could not seem to figure out Yordano Ventura at all on the day as he went 7 innings allowing one run on three hits.
His counterpart, Mike Wright, went 6 1/3 innings allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out four and not walking anybody.
I like the risk of going with Wright into the seventh in a 1-1 game but knowing the Royals offense, this kind of result was to be expected especially from a young starter who has struggled to go late into games.
Looking ahead now, the Orioles will head to Tropicana Field to play the Tampa Bay Rays for a three game series before heading home for a 10 game home stand.
Kevin Gausman is set to make his season debut on Monday against the Rays ace Chris Archer who has struggled so far this season. Ubaldo Jimenez is set to go in the middle game against Jake Odorizzi and Chris Tillman will pitch the finale against Matt Moore.