The losing streak is over and Zach Britton is pitching tonight.
Good times have returned to Camden Yards.
“We got the monkeys off our backs,” Adam Jones said last night.
And all it took were 11 runs scored with two outs.
“That’s something we haven’t been doing, late two-out hitting and hitting with runners in scoring position,” Jones said. “We got all 11 runs with two outs. That’s a good stat. Now we have to keep building on it.
“We’ve got a winning streak of one right now. When was that eight-game losing streak? It’s out of my mind.”
Sorry I brought it up.
“You’ve got to go through adversity,” Jones said. “It took its toll on us a little bit as a team. Everybody was frustrated, but we all stuck together and kept swinging, kept using the guy behind you to take care of it. You don’t have to do everything by yourself.
“It was inevitable. At some point in time, you have to break out of it, and we did. Don’t force it. Let the guy behind you do it.”
The Orioles ranked last in walks in the American League before Monday night’s game. They drew five walks against Twins starter Francisco Liriano, and three more last night against Carl Pavano.
Some people endorse a patient approach at the plate, while others preach how a hitter might see one good pitch in each at-bat and should be prepared to swing in case it’s the first one.
Where does manager Buck Showalter stand on this topic?
“All teams always try to find that fine line between being aggressive and being selective, and the thing you can’t do is you can’t get to the point where you take until you hit. You just can’t hit in the major leagues that way. You have to hit until you take,” Showalter said.
“You’d like to be able to solve both sides of the equation and stay aggressive, but still be selective. I think as the game offensively comes easier and better to us statistically as we go forward, I think we’ll see that grow.”
Before leaving the interview room last night, Showalter wanted to make sure reporters noticed a great play made by first baseman Derrek Lee, who dug out another throw in the dirt. Teammates also marveled at Lee’s ability to come up with the ball on a wet field. Brian Roberts said something to Showalter upon reaching the dugout.
Most first basemen would have no shot at that ball, but Lee’s pretty special around the bag.
Down on the farm, former Oriole Rodrigo Lopez handcuffed Triple-A Norfolk for the second time this season. Pitching for Gwinnett, Lopez has held the Tides to two earned runs in 14 2/3 innings.
Ryan Drese gave up seven runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings last night. Gwinnett reached him for eight runs and 10 hits in five innings last week.
Maybe it’s time for Norfolk to find another opponent.
Nick Green had his third two-hit game in three nights. Ryan Adams also had two hits and raised his average to .268.
Double-A Bowie shortstop Pedro Florimon committed two more errors, raising his total to five.
Single-A Delmarva third baseman Jonathan Schoop went 3-for-4 with an RBI, lifting his average to .362. Schoop was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2008.
Center fielder Trent Mummey went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and his 10th stolen base.
Clay Schrader, a 10th-round pick in last year’s draft out of San Jacinto (Texas) Junior College, blew the save by allowing three runs and three hits, and walking four batters, in 1 1/3 innings.
Shortstop Manny Machado went 0-for-4, dropping his average to .295.
He’s only 18.
By the way, I counted at least five “that’s what she said” setups in this entry that I let pass. That’s more impressive than scoring 11 runs with two outs.