Written by Chris Slade
The Orioles looked to avoid a sweep to the Cubs in today's game that got under way at 2:05 ET. Miguel Gonzalez finally made his return to the Orioles and he was opposed by former O's international signee Tsuyoshi Wada. The game was a pitchers duel until a home run from Arismendy Alcantara put the Cubs up 1-0 in the 5th. Anthony Rizzo drove in a second run with a double in the 6th. The Orioles lone run came on a Steve Pearce solo shot in the 7th that broke up Wada's no-hit bid. That would be the final score.
Miguel Gonzalez returned to us today after being exiled to the minors as the odd man out in the rotation when Ubaldo Jimenez was activated frm the DL. With Jimenez demoted to the bullpen, it looks like Gonzo has a secure spot in the rotation going forward. Gonzalez's return outing went swimmingly today as he dominated early on with supreme command, allowing just one hit through the first four innings. The Cubs made adjustments and picked up a few runs over the next two innings. But, Gonzo ultimately gave the O's a quality start and a chance to win had he got run support.
Final Line: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, Loss
Brad Brach took over in the 7th and retired both batters he faced to work out of the inning.
Brian Matusz entered in the 8th
The O's were no-hit through the first 6 innings by none other than Tsuyoshi Wada, a pitcher who couldn't crack the O's rotation last season with his lackluster performance at Norfolk. He's returned to form with the Cubs and stuck it to his former team today with a masterful outing. Steve Pearce saved the offenze from embarassment with his 14th home run in the 7th, a moonshot to the left field bleachers. Unfortunately, the scoring stopped there.
Defensive Highlights/ Lowlights
Gonzalez made a nice grab on a chopper back to him in the 1st and fired over to first base for the out.
Key Moments In The Game
The home run from Steve Pearce crucially broke up the no-hitter.
Other Notes/ Musings
I'm ready to leave Chicago. The White Sox sweep was awesome but getting bested by Jake Arrieta and Tsuyoshi Wada at Wrigley leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Time for the Birds to come on back home.
The Orioles hold a 6 game lead over the Yankees in the AL East after today's loss.
The Orioles finish 4-5 on the road trip, their first losing road trip of the season. Just something about those central based teams.
The Os kick off a series with the Rays back at the Yard tomorrow night with Chris Tillman and Jake Odorizzi the scheduled starters.
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