In a turning point in tonight’s Orioles win over the White Sox Nick Markakis was a game changer robbing Craig Gillaspie of a two-run home run with a great over the wall catch. Then the top of the next inning after the Orioles padded their lead on a Jonathan Schoop three-run double, Markakis delievered the dagger with his two-run homer to open the lead to 8-2. From that point Oriole reliever Brad Brach came in and pitched the last two innings to shutdown the White Sox and solidify the win.
Markakis also extended both his hit streak to 10 games and his consecutive games with a reached base to 17 games. Baltimore’s Nelson Cruz and Chicago’s Jose Abreu both came into this game tied for the American League lead in home runs, but it was Abreu who had to sit in the duggout in his own stadium in the sixth inning and watch Cruz take the American League lead back with a solo homer. Steve Pearce also recorded a multi-hit tonight going 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI.
The O’s Bud Norris who was 2-0 in his last three starts coming into this game tonight earned the win pitching seven innings and only giving up two runs on three hits. Norris pitched to the minimum number of White Sox batters up until the seventh inning when the Sox broke the shutout. He has now earned his first ever win against the White Sox in his first ever appearance at U.S. Cellular Field.
White Sox starter Chris Sale was definitely not himself tonight which was not such a surprise considering he was pitching against the Orioles which is the team he always seems to struggle against. Sale did the same tonight despite striking out eight, he pitched only six innings and gave up three runs on eight hits and walked two, earning the loss. The Chicago lefty still has yet to record a win against the O’s as either a starter or a reliever.
Tomorrow the O’s and Chi-Sox square off again, game time will be 8:10pm/ET. Probables will be Chris Tillman (BAL 9-5 3.68) vs. Jose Quintana (CHW 6-9 3.14).
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)