Passing along a few notes and stats before the Orioles and Dodgers play a split-admission doubleheader today with games at 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m.
The Dodgers have lost a season-high four games in a row and are trying to avoid their longest skid since losing seven straight last June 24-30. They have been outscored 23-7 during the losing streak. Since beginning the year 4-2, the Dodgers are 3-6 for an overall 7-8 record.
While the Dodgers are 5-1 all-time in the regular season against the Orioles, though they haven’t played since 2004, Los Angeles is 17-49 (.258) in American League parks since 2005.
Dodgers’ first baseman Adrian Gonzalez owns the highest batting average all-time against the Orioles:
.386 - Adrian Gonzalez
.381 - Harry Heilman and Miguel Cabrera
.374 - Ted Simmons
By the way all those hits Gonzalez got against Baltimore are not Chris Davis’ fault. He struck him out last May at Fenway Park.
Former O’s catcher, 1983 World Series MVP and MASN’s own Rick Dempsey is well known in L.A. for catching Orel Hershiser and the final out of the 1988 World Series.
The Orioles went 11-7 last season in interleague games, tying for the best mark in franchise history. The O’s won five of six series against the National League finishing above .500 in interleague games for just the fourth time in 16 seasons.
O’s pitching allowed nine homers in the Tampa Bay series and has given up at least one homer in five straight games, allowing 12 total in that stretch.
The Orioles scored a season-high 10 runs in Thursday’s win over the Rays after scoring a total of seven runs on just 16 hits over the previous three games. The Orioles went 6-for-7 with runners in scoring position in the Tampa Bay series finale, which matched their total number of hits with runners in scoring position over the six games before that when they went 6-for-36 (.167).
In the first 15 games, the Orioles’ 3-4-5 hitters are batting .349 (60-for-174) with 14 doubles, 12 homers, 35 runs and 43 RBIs.
J.J. Hardy has yet to have a multi-hit game this season. He is 1-for-11 over his past three games and 5-for-29 (.172) over his last eight games.
Tickets for Friday’s game will be honored for today’s 1:05 p.m. game. Gates for the 1:05 p.m. game will open at 11 a.m., and gates for the 7:05 p.m. game will be announced at the conclusion of the first game.
Fans may also exchange their tickets for Friday’s game for any remaining non-prime Orioles home game this season, subject to availability. Complimentary tickets are non-exchangeable. StubHub tickets are also non-exchangeable, but may be resold on StubHub up until 1:00 p.m. today. Student Night tickets may be exchanged for equal value of the ticket price. All tickets are valid for the makeup game.
Ticket exchanges can be performed at the box office or submitted in writing along with the original tickets and mailed via certified mail by June 19, 2013 to:
Attention: April 19 Rainout
333 West Camden Street
Baltimore, MD 21201