The title would suggest that the San Diego Padres were rather rude during this past series with the O’s, but that is not the case. I just wanted to make an Anchorman reference; the Padres were quite classy in this series.
Game One: Padres: 10, Orioles: 7
After a make up game in Texas against the Rangers, the Orioles returned home to face the Padres in a quick two game series.
Tyler Wilson would get the start for the Orioles in the series opener and he was able to churn out a quality start. Wilson went six innings allowing three runs on nine hits while striking out four and walking only one.
Unfortunately for Wilson, he was not helped out at all by the Orioles bullpen. Mychal Givens came in to relieve Wilson in the seventh inning and had his worst outing of the year. Givens got nobody out, allowed four runs on three hits with two walks.
Oliver Drake came in to minimize the damage and he did a very good job. Drake would pitch two innings and allow no runs and no hits while striking out two and walking only one. He was followed by Zach Britton, who uncharacteristically struggled also. Britton allowed three runs, one earned, in 2/3 innings of work to allow the Padres lead at the time to go from 7-6 to 10-6.
As for the O’s offense, Pedro Alvarez had a very good night at the plate with two home runs and five RBI’s all together on the night. The other two runs were courtesy of an Adam Jones RBI double and a Hyun Soo Kim RBI single.
Game Two: Orioles: 6, Padres: 2
With a starter not announced until the day before, the Orioles went with Ubaldo Jimenez who was just recently demoted to the bullpen. To almost everybody’s surprise, Jimenez had a quality start of his own to follow Wilson’s. Jimenez went six innings allowing two runs on four hits while striking out seven but walking four hitters.
Lucky enough for Jimenez, the bullpen was able to maintain the lead for the Orioles.
The Orioles got the scoring started in the bottom of the second with Mark Trumbo hitting his 21st home run of the season. In the third inning, Jonathan Schoop continued the scoring with an RBI double which was followed by a Matt Wieters RBI single in the bottom of the fourth.
More runs were tacked on in the bottom of the fifth with a Ryan Flaherty solo home run and a Mark Trumbo sacrifice fly. And then, in the bottom of the sixth, Adam Jones got an RBI single to make it a 6-2 game, which would go on to be the final score.
The Orioles will now have a day off before starting a four game series against the Tampa Bays Rays, which will include a double header on Saturday. Yovani Gallardo and Matt Moore are set to open up the series with Kevin Gausman and Matt Andriese starting game one of the double header and Chris Tillman and Jake Odorizzi starting game two. The series will round out with Drew Smyly going for the Rays with no Orioles starter announced yet.