Game 126: Orioles 8, Twins 1

The Good:

  • Shutdown Sauce! Alfredo Simon looked great, missing bats with the slider, the splitter, and especially the fastball (something like a 30% whiff rate between the two and four seamers combined). Final line; 8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR.
  • JJ Hardy went 3-5, which wasn’t one of the best offensive nights for an Oriole.
  • Vlad had 3 hits as well, but his included a double.
  • Matt Wieters doubled as his only hit, but he did walk 4 times. And threw a runner out trying to steal.
  • Mark Reynolds went 3-5 with a triple.
  • Nolan Reimold only had one hit, but it was a three-run homer.

The Bad:

  • Adam Jones left the game early due to illness. Hope he’s OK.

The Final:

This was the best O’s game I’ve seen in quite a while. It’s only two games, but the Birds are making a case for not actually being the worst team in the AL this year.

Some notes on Wieters’ 4 walks:

  • It was the second time this year and Orioles walked four times (Luke Scott).
  • First time since 2007 that an O’s catcher did it (the immortal Paul Bako), and the 5th time a catcher has done it (Bako, Chris Hoiles, and Elrod Hendricks twice).
  • The 46th player in franchise history to do it – the 64th time overall (Brady Anderson holds the record with 4 such games).
  • Only the 5th time in franchise history that a batter walked four times and had an extra-base hit. Nick Markakis had an identical line (1-1, double, 4 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI) in 2008.

Wieters actually raised his season walk rate from 7.4% to 8.3% in one day. Hopfully that keeps going up.