Game 106: Orioles 8, Royals 2

The Good:

  • Alfredo Simon continued being Shutdown Sauce out of the starting rotation (dropped his FIP from 3.21 to ~3.14). He averaged 96 with his fastball, and changed speeds with the splitter (86 mph) and slider (79 mph). Final line; 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K.
  • JJ Hardy singled and doubled, and drew a walk.
  • Nick Markakis singled and walked twice – the first time since the middle of June that he’s worked a pair of walks in a game.
  • Mark Reynolds also singled and doubled, but he added a monster three-run home run.
  • Chris Davis singled and hit his first home run in an O’s uniform; opposite-field no less.

The Bad:

  • Not a great night for the left-fielders, as Nolan Reimold went 0-3 with 3 K’s and Felix Pie struck out in his only PA.

The Final:

The Orioles scored runs! And pitched well! And won!