The Orioles set out on their west coast trip and their first visit was to San Diego to face the Padres for the second time this month.
Game One: Orioles: 11, Padres: 7
Ubaldo Jimenez was named the starter of game one and pitched decently despite a short appearance. Jimenez only went five innings allowing one run on three hits while striking out five and walking four.
The big story of this game is the Orioles offense and its potency. Adam Jones started off the game with a leadoff home run, giving the Orioles a very early lead. Chris Davis gave the Orioles the lead back in the fourth with a sacrifice fly, making it 2-1. In the fifth, Hyun Soo Kim hit a home run, extending the O’s lead to 4-1. Davis would get a long ball of his very own in the sixth, making it 5-1 Baltimore.
The sixth inning would be the best one for the O’s offense as they would score seven runs in the inning along and lead 11-1 after it ended.
The Padres would crawl their way back but inevitably fall short at the end. Wil Myers hit a three run home run in the seventh while the Padres scored three more runs all together off T.J. McFarland in the ninth, leaving the score to be 11-7 for the final.
Game Two: Orioles: 12, Padres: 6
Once again, another high scoring contest that did not need to be. Yovani Gallardo would get the start and was helpful on both sides of the game: hitting and pitching. Gallardo went six innings allowing three runs on three hits while striking out six and walking three. Gallardo also went 2/3 with the bat and crossed the plate one time in the game.
Two additional runs would score on a throwing error by the Padres starter Christian Friedrich, making it 6-0 in the fifth. Adam Jones would help the cause with an RBI single in the sixth, making it 7-0.
The Padres would get on the board in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a Brett Wallace three run home run.
The O’s would add five more runs in the ninth, which turned out to be very needed because the Padres tried to mount a comeback in the ninth but were only able to get three runs, leaving the score at 12-6.
Following the Padres series, the Orioles currently sit at 55 home runs as a team for the month of June. That ties the record set by the Oakland Athletics in 1996 and with one more game to go in June, the Orioles have the chance to have the record for themselves. Side note: Mike Bordick was on that 1996 A’s team but only had five home runs during the season.
Now heading to Seattle for a four game series, the Orioles will send out former Mariner Chris Tillman in game one against Taijuan Walker. Kevin Gausman will go against Wade LeBlanc in game two with Tyler Wilson facing off against James Paxton in game three and Hisashi Iwakuma going in game four for the Mariners with the Orioles starter still to be determined.