Coming into this game tonight the O’s had their work cut out for them facing Cleveland’s Corey Kluber who had been hot, started hot tonight and never stopped. The pitching matchup between Kluber and Baltimore’s Wei-Yin Chen showed to be what it predicted to be, a pitcher’s duel. It was the Tribe who came through in the end on a walk-off homer by Mike Aviles off Brian Matusz in the bottom of the 11th to beat the O’s 2-1, the O’s are 9-15 this season when playing AL Central teams.
Kluber ended up setting a new season high in pitches thrown in one start with 116, this was his third straight start with over 100 pitches. He pitched seven and two-third innings and gave up one run on five hits, two walks, struck out ten Orioles and only earned a no decision. Also in the process he recorded his fourth straight start of over six innings pitched.
In his first appearance against the Indians this season and his first ever at Progressive Field Wei-Yin Chen also earned a no decision tonight pitching seven innings only surrendering four hits, one run, one walk and striking out six batters. Chen handled himself well tonight despite coming off a streak ending loss in his last start on August 6th. His last no decision came on June 23rd of this season against the White Sox.
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy went 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI single in his first game since being on the disabled list with a thumb injury. Chris Davis tonight earned himself a “Golden Sombero” by striking out four times in one game. Indians center fielder Michael Brantley, who has the 2nd best batting average in the majors when playing at home, was shutdown tonight by Baltimore’s pitching staff going 0-for-4.
The next game of this series is tomorrow at 7:05pm/ET. Pitching matchup will be Ubaldo Jimenez (BAL 4-8 4.51 ERA) vs. Carlos Carrasco (CLE 4-4 3.60 ERA).
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)