Orioles 9, Astros 4: Quick Thoughts

Byline MattThe Orioles finally found their offense. Yes, it’s true, the Orioles scored nine runs en route to the win against the Houston Astros Sunday afternoon. From the start, Orioles fans had a feeling this could be a breakout game.

Why? Because David Lough hit a home run. I promise I’m not lying to you: Lough hit a two-run home run in the second inning off of former Oriole pitcher Scott Feldman. Before the home run, Lough was batting .159 with three RBI and no long balls.

Gary Thorne couldn’t help but blurt out his patented high-pitch proclamation when Lough went deep. However, Thorne wasn’t done. Jones made it 3-0 in the third inning, which isn’t as surprising as Lough’s output.

Lough got the Orioles scoring started in the sixth inning with a single that scored Chris Davis to make it 4-1. He doubled his RBI total for the season in just two at-bats. After Nick Hundley got a sacrifice fly, this happened:

It was just the Orioles’ day. The third-worst and worst hitters (Min. 20 AB) on the Orioles roster drove in a total of seven runs on four hits. Nelson Cruz, who almost single-handedly won the game yesterday, left the game after getting hit in the hand. But the Orioles didn’t need him.

After hitting a hot streak in late May, Machado cooled off to move his batting average to .210 before the game. However, Machado broke out for his first two-hit game since May 18. Is it the resurgence the Orioles have waited for? We’ll see.

Another huge positive that came from this game was the fourth quality start of the series. Wei-Yin Chen went 5 1/3 innings, allowing four hits and one run. That means, between Ubaldo Jimenez, Miguel Gonzalez, Chris Tillman and Chen, the Orioles’ starters have gone 24 2/3 innings, allowing five runs. If we can keep get that type of consistency all season, the Orioles will be looking at a playoff spot.

However, Baltimore went just 2-2 in the series. Can the offense produce enough to win for these pitchers? That remains to be seen. But today made the idea seem more likely.

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