Earlier this season at the end of April the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox split a four-game series at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Tonight they would start a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. The Orioles would square off against an old teammate Miguel Gonzalez, who was now taking the mound for the opposing team. Despite the embarrassing four errors the Orioles would win 7-5 and snap a streak of 30 consecutive games with six runs or less this season.
Former Orioles starting pitcher from 2012-15 Miguel Gonzalez, now a member of the White Sox rotation, stood on the hill tonight against his old club for the first time since being released by Baltimore during Spring Training this season for going 1-4 with an ERA of 9.78. He would last six innings a the seventh consecutive time giving up four runs (three earned) on ten hits with a strikeout and no walks. Gonzalez falls to 2-6 on the season and still has not won since July 6th this season. First baseman Jose Abreu went 3-for-5 with a homer and two runs scored. Right fielder Avisail Garcia drove in two runs for the Sox; and second baseman Carlos Sanchez drove in a run on a double in the eighth in which the Sox rallied from a 7-2 deficit but same up short.
Yovani Gallardo earned the win tonight for the first time since June 29th and since the All-Star Break pitching six innings giving up two runs on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts; he improves to 4-3 on the season. Orioles designated hitter Pedro Alvarez hit a solo home run in the second inning and then another solo home run in the eighth for his fifth and sixth homers in his last five games. Sixty percent (99 of 163) of the Orioles homers this season have been solo shots. Third baseman Manny Machado went 3-for-5 which included a two-run double in the third; he would also score a run in the third on an error. Centerfielder Adam Jones and shortstop J.J. Hardy recorded three hits a piece; Hardy’s first three hit performance of the season included an RBI single and Adam Jones fifth three plus hit performance included a sacrifice fly. Hyun Soo Kim extended his hit streak to eight games; every Orioles player had a hit tonight except for Chris Davis, who wasn’t any better on defense tonight committing two errors in third inning.
Game two of this three-game series will be Saturday night 7:10 PM/ET. Starting pitchers for this game will be: Chris Tillman (BAL 14-3 3.46 ERA) vs. Carlos Rodon (CHW 2-8 4.67 ERA).
About the Author
Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College).