Written by Chris Slade
Today's rubber match featured a rematch from June 7th in Baltimore of two talented righties in Sonny Gray and Kevin Gausman. The O's touched up Gray in that one while Gausman shut down the A's but today was a different venue and a different story.
The A's jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first highlighted by an RBI triple from John Jaso. Another run scored in the 3rd on a Josh Donaldson sac fly and a 4th run was brough home by a single from Jaso the following innings. J.J. Hardy brought home an Oriole run in the 5th on a double.
The A's got right back to their scoring way with a three-run 5th inning, highlighted by an RBI double from Stephen Vogt. They tacked on three more in the 6th thanks to an RBI single from Donaldson and a two-run single from Craig Gentry.
Kevin Gausman did not has his A command today and the Athletics were able to make him pay for it. John Jaso got the A's a quick lead in the 1st on an RBI triple. He would proceed to score a second run on a wild pitch by Gausman. While he did strike out six, Gausman's fastball caught a little too much of the plate in hitters counts and he was tagged for 9 hits over four innings. He was removed for T.J. McFarland with one out int he 5th after a leadoff single from Josh Donaldson.
Final Line: 4 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, Loss
T.J. McFarland worked the 5th inning and allowed an inherited runner to score on a Stephen Vogt RBI double. He allowed two more runs, one earned, to pass home plate on a single from Craig Gentry before the inning ended.
Ryan Webb came on to pitch the 6th and did not fare well. He recorded just two outs in the inning while allowing three earned runs on four hits.
Brian Matusz picked up the final out of the 6th and worked a perfect 7th inning.
Preston Guilmet retired the side and struck out one in the 8th.
Sonny Gray was on his game today and the Orioles were only able to muster two hits off of him.
J.J. Hardy broke the shutout bid in the 5th with an RBI double that scored Chris Davis.
Many Machado hit a single with two outs in the 7th that scored Nelson Cruz and chased Gray.
Key Moments In The Game
The A's brought on lefty specialist Eric O'Flaherty with two outs in the 7th to face Ryan Flaherty (minus the O) and he reached on an error. The error was charged to Eric Sogard at second and O'Flaherty threw a wild pitch that allowed two runners to mov into scoring position for Caleb Joseph. The O's were well down in this game at this point but it represented their best opportuntiy to get some sort of rally going. Joseph would strike out to end the inning.
The A's three-run 5th and 6th innings were pretty much nails in the coffin with Sonny Gray on his game today. It's tough to climb out of a 10-2 hole.
Defensive Highlights/ Lowlights
Manny Machado made a throwing error in the 5th inning which is why only one of the runs charged to McFarland was earned.
Other Notes / Musings
The Orioles dropped the series to the A's which is a shame because they could have won the series if not for a certain pesky third baseman by the name of Josh Donaldson who may be our new arch-nemesis.
All four of the Orioles AL East rivals won today, of course. So, they all gained a game in the standings. The Blue Jays and Yankees are three games back.
I did not realize this until today but in case you missed it, Adam Jones became the first Oriole player in franchise history to have 5 RBI's and 2 SB's in the same game last night.
The West Coast showdown keeps on rolling tomorrow night as the Orioles head to Anaheim to play the Angels. Bud Norris and Matt Shoemaker are the scheduled starters.
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