Baltimore came into this early afternoon game with an interleague record of 30-19 dating back to 2008. The Padres, since April 30th this season, have scored 32 of their last 55 runs when there have been two outs. Today they scored five of their eight total runs in this game with two outs as they defeat the O’s by a score of 8-4 and take both games of the two game series.
Orioles veteran pitcher Freddy Garica, who started off this season with the Padres spending Spring Training with them before getting cut, had done well in interleague play in the past with a record of 24-10 and an ERA of 2.83. He had also done well when facing the Padres going 4-2 with a 2.51 ERA. Those stats didn’t seem to show today as Garcia only went three and two-thirds innings giving up seven hits, four earned runs and two walks on 75 pitches, earning his second loss of the season. In Garcia’s last two starts he had pitched at least six innings both times but has still not thrown more than 80 pitches in a start.
Padres veteran pitcher Jason Marquis, despite being very hot for the Padres this season had never done well whenever pitching against the O’s with a lifetime record of 0-1 with a 9.92 ERA. Marquis showed the O’s why opposing batters are only hitting .220 against him by pitching five innings only giving up two earned runs earning him his fourth straight win despite giving up seven hits and four walks. Padres center fielder Alexi Amarista went 3-5 with two doubles, three runs scored and a two-run homer in the seventh and shortstop Everth Cabrera went 4-5 with four singles and one RBI.
Some Oriole highlights from this game are third baseman Manny Machado going 4-5 with a career-high three doubles, extending his hit streak to five games. Also shortstop J.J. Hardy extended his eleven game hit streak by hitting a solo home run in the second inning. Nick Markakis and Adam Jones both had multi-hit games with an RBI each and Matt Wieters also added a solo home run.
Questions to be asked right now are: Is Freddy Garcia going to remain in the rotation? Will this day off on Thursday be good for the O’s? And When will Buck Showalter seriously consider doing something about the terribly slumping Ryan Flaherty who struck out three times in a row today and has been batting under .200 for almost a month?
The Orioles next game is Friday 7:05 PM/ET when they open up a three game series at home hosting the Tampa Bay Rays. Probable starters for Friday’s game are Jeremy Hellickson and Jason Hammel.
About the Author
Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)