Ubaldo Jimenez came off of the DL last night and got the win in a quality start in a 10-3 decision against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Jimenez finished the game with six innings pitched, while giving three earned runs off of six hits and three walks.
The Orioles gave their pitcher plenty of run support though, including home runs from Caleb Joseph, Nelson Cruz and Delmon Young.
Joseph has now hit a home run in five straight games and looks to have grasped the catching role, along with Nick Hundley.
Cruz’s home run was his 30th of the season and came off pitcher John Lackey.
Lackey had previously made comments about Nelson Cruz and using PEDs. The former Red Sox pitcher was rocked for nine earned runs, as the Orioles got to him early.
This was Jimenez’s first start since July 5 and pitcher Miguel Gonzalez was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk in a corresponding move to bring Jimenez back to the rotation.
Jimenez struggled with his command early in the game, walking two batters in the first inning.
He proceeded to give up a hit to Jhonny Peralta, which brought in one run, but a solid throw from Delmon Young gunned down the second runner trying to score.
The second inning was more of the same thing, as Jimenez gave up a home run to Jon Jay.
However, the right-hander settled down after that and only give up one more run off a sacrifice fly in his last four innings of work.
It was a quality start from Jimenez, but it will be interesting to see just how big of a leash he’ll have with Miguel Gonzalez waiting in Norfolk.
The Orioles are obviously going to give the former Cleveland Indians pitcher a chance though, after signing him to a four-year, $50 million deal.
But might not be many chances, as the Orioles are in the midst of potentially winning their first division title since 1997 and won’t have time to keep throwing Jimenez out there if he is struggling.
It was a positive sign for Jimenez to grab the win, but will have to do more in order to keep a spot in the rotation.