The Orioles sweep the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Sort of like the 1966 World Series, only different.
The starters went six innings in both games, and Tommy Hunter covered the last three in Game 2 to spare the bullpen.
“I would have signed up for that in blood before we started, to try to get through it,” said manager Buck Showalter after the 6-1 victory in Game 2. “Mac (T.J. McFarland) is available tomorrow. Well, everybody is available with the exception of Tommy (Hunter).”
Hunter picked up his first career save with three scoreless innings in relief of starter Wei-Yin Chen. The Orioles won’t need to make a roster move on Sunday, which had been discussed tonight.
“We could always use an arm but I think we’ll probably be OK with Mac,” Showalter said. “We didn’t stretch anyone with the exception of Tommy.”
Manny Machado hit a three-run homer, which seemed appropriate on a night that the Orioles held a ceremony for Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver, who passed away in January.
“Had to hit a three run homer tonight, of course, on Earl’s night, right?” Showalter said. “We needed it. Manny had a good night.”
He did it in front of a sellout crowd that was enthusiastic right down to the final out.
“Somebody was telling me we had 10-12,000 walk-up? That’s cool,” Showalter said. “I couldn’t believe how many we had for the 1 o’clock game. A lot of people don’t have that on the schedule. The place was really alive. A lot of energy in the ballpark. It means a lot to us after you get through grinding out a game. I was walking around the clubhouse. That’s about a three-hour wait. Of course, our guys wanted to come out and see (the ceremony). Anytime Brooks Robinson is in the building, you want to see that. Of course, Cal and everybody else. It helped. It’s not something you’re just trying to grind through. Just brings some energy to it and we really appreciate it.”
Chen allowed one run and three hits in six innings, with four walks and two strikeouts. Showalter removed him after 94 pitches, and Chen won for the first time since Aug. 19, 2012.
“If we hadn’t scored (in the sixth), I probably would have let him start the seventh, but we had a long inning there and it was cold,” Showalter said. “He’s still a tad out of sync. I think to see him and Gonzo (Miguel Gonzalez) give us a chance to win, I think there’s some good baseball ahead of them pitching-wise because they’re just a little out of sync. Not much.
“To give us that type of chance to win and only give up one run through that is pretty impressive.”
The Orioles completed their first doubleheader sweep since Oct. 1, 2010 vs. the Tigers.
“It’s been a while since we have,” Showalter said. “You look at the math of it, it’s hard. And it’s hard because there’s an atmosphere of, once you get that first one, you either kind of relax and it’s good for you or you relax and it goes the other way. Our guys came out trying to compete. They knew they had their hands full with (Josh) Beckett. He pitched pretty well.”