I understand that it’s a short major league career for Henry Urrutia, but his second start has been second to none.
Urrutia is 3-for-3 tonight, with all of his singles going to left field. He’s 4-for-8 in three games since the Orioles selected his contract from Triple-A Norfolk.
My math skills are poor, but that’s a .500 average.
His baserunning needs work, as advertised, but he’s a designated hitter who’s getting on base. The Orioles will take it.
The Royals are starting former Orioles left-hander Bruce Chen Tuesday night in the second game of the series. You think Urrutia stays in the lineup?
Danny Valencia is in an 0-for-20 slump, but he’s on the roster again because of his past success against southpaws.
The Orioles increased their lead to 5-2 in the fifth on Brian Roberts’ sacrifice fly, his ninth RBI in his last 11 games.
Nate McLouth has reached base four times on a single and three walks.
Manny Machado is 0-for-4 and has stranded six runners.
Scott Feldman has allowed two runs and five hits in five innings, with two walks and one strikeout. He’s been laboring - he’s thrown 39 strikes among his 71 pitches - and manager Buck Showalter is getting fidgety.
Umpire CB Bucknor is behind the plate. Maybe that’s why Showalter is fidgeting.
Feldman should have a bigger lead. The Orioles are 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position and have stranded nine.
The Rays beat the Red Sox 3-0 tonight. The Orioles can move within 2 1/2 games of first place in the American League East.
Update: Remember when the Orioles were struggling to score runs?
Chris Davis doubled in the sixth to drive in two runs and increase his season RBI total to 97. J.J. Hardy hit his 17th home run, a two-run shot, to increase the Orioles’ lead to 9-2.
Hardy has 150 career home runs.
Six Orioles are having multi-hit nights.
Update II: The Orioles extended their winning streak to a season-high five games with tonight’s 9-2 victory over the Royals.
The Orioles (57-43) are 14 games above .500 and 2 1/2 behind the Red Sox in the AL East.
Feldman allowed two runs in eight innings for the Orioles’ eighth quality start in their last nine games. This is the first time in 2013 that they’ve had back-to-back starters go eight innings.
Urrutia, Hardy and Nick Markakis each had three hits as part of the Orioles’ 18-hit attack.
McLouth reached base five times with a single triple and three walks.
Machado was 0-for-6 and stranded eight runners. He didn’t get the memo.