W: M. Stroman 8-4
L: W. Miley 3-6
W, 8-4 | 7.2 IP | 0 (0) | 5 H | 1 BB | 8 K |
119 PC, B: 49, S: 70 | 3.41 ERA
Marcus Stroman entered this game looking to recover from a rough outing against the Rangers. He gave up a leadoff single to Seth Smith in the 1st, but recovered well to get a double play and strikeout. There was another single against Stroman in the 2nd inning with two outs. Once again, Marcus was able to end the inning with a strikeout. He was pitching very well early on, mixing it up and hitting his spots.
It was interesting watching the foot work of Stroman on the mound. He was changing tempo and delivery, which was proving to be effective. By keeping the ball down in the zone, he was getting a lot of ground balls. That’s nothing new for him, as he is second in the league in ground ball percentage.
The only troublesome thing for Stroman was the amount of pitches. Although he only gave up three hits and a walk through 5.0 innings, he had thrown 79 pitches. He remedied that in the 6th inning by needing only 8 pitches. He had back-to-back strikeouts of Smith and Machado and a fly ball from Schoop.
Stroman surrendered only a single in the 7th. It was the first hit for the Orioles since the 3rd inning. Surprisingly, Gibbons kept him on the mound in the 8th even though he was over 100 pitches. He still looked fresh and his fastball was coming in at 95 mph. With two outs, he gave up a single to Seth Smith, which would end his night.
An excellent game for Stroman. His command was masterful and his windup and timing were fooling batters all game. He wore out the lower corners of the plate with his slider and breaking ball. He earned the chance to finish the 8th inning, reaching a career high 119 pitches.
Jose Bautista led the game off with a home run to right-centre field. The ball was carrying very well which worked to Bautista’s advantage. Another leadoff solo home run came from Smoak in the 4th inning. In between the two home runs, the Blue Jays scattered a few singles and walks but couldn’t score a run.
A walk and two singles loaded the bases with one out in the 4th inning. Toronto hitters were locked-in on Wade Miley. A ground ball by Bautista resulted in an error for Baltimore, plating two runs. Martin struck out with two on base to end the 4th. The Blue Jays were making Miley work hard on the mound. He had thrown 89 pitches through the first four frames.
There wasn’t much else on offense. They managed enough runs to pick up the win, and were lucky that the pitching from Stroman and the bullpen was amazing.
|D. Barnes (1-2)||0.1||0||0||0||1||1||8 (5-3)||2.14|
|R. Osuna (2-0)||1.0||0||0||0||0||3||14 (4-10)||2.32|
The first four pitches from Barnes resulted in a walk of Manny Machado. He then recovered to strike Schoop out, ending the 8th inning.
For the 9th inning, Robero Osuna was brought in to close the game. He struck out Jones, Trumbo and Mancini. Lights out.
1-4 | 0 BB | 1 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 1 HR | 0 K | 0 SB | AVG: .238, OBP: .345, Slug: .426
Jose started the game off with a 1st inning home run, his 14th of the season. He picked up his 37th RBI in the 4th inning on a fielder’s choice.
1-4 | 0 BB | 1 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 1 HR | 2 K | 0 SB | AVG: .301, OBP: .367, Slug: .590
Smoak hit his 21st of the season in the 4th inning. It was a solo shot to dead centre field. He also struck out a couple of times in the game.
3-3 | 0 BB | 1 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 0 K | 0 SB | AVG: .275, OBP: .328, Slug: .459
Pearce had three singles in the game and scored a run 4th inning. For some reason John Gibbons decided to take him out of the game in the 6th for pinch-runner Carrera.