Here are some clubhouse quotes after the Orioles beat Cleveland 8-4 tonight. The Orioles have scored 38 runs on 63 hits with 13 doubles and 10 homers over the last five games.
Chris Davis on the offense and his hot bat lately:
“I think it was just a matter of time. We’ve been doing a good job of stringing good at-bats together lately and scoring some runs. I’m proud of the guys and the way they battled.
“I think I’m just putting together better at-bats. Early in the year, I felt like I was having some good at-bats and seeing a lot of pitches, drawing walks and hitting the ball hard. Lately, starting to drive the ball a little better. Before, I was fouling off some good pitches to drive. Now I’m not missing them. Feels good to swing the bat well.”
Davis on the middle of the order getting hot:
“I think this is really the first time we’ve all been swinging the bat well collectively. Nelson (Cruz) has pretty much been hot all year. Jonesy (Adam Jones) is really starting to come on and obviously me coming back off the injury, I’m starting to swing the bat. It’s big for us man, especially in the middle of the lineup.”
Davis on Nick Markakis, who had four hits:
“Every time I look up, the guy is on base. Tonight, I felt bad for (T.J.) House. He made some really good pitches and Nicky was just dumping them into left field. He’s a very underrated player in my opinion. A guy that we appreciate a lot and value a lot.”
Nelson Cruz on his homer in the second inning:
“I saw with the first few hitters, he was aggressive throwing fastballs for a strike. I just tried to be aggressive in that situation and put good wood on the ball.
“My approach is try to go the other way. When I’m doing well, some of my homers go there. Overall, this was a great win. The offense is really kicking it right now. Nice to see everyone contributing.”
Bud Norris on the win and his outing:
“It was a good win for us. That club has been playing pretty good baseball lately and they are pretty hot. So to win was big.
“The fourth was a tough inning. I still like the pitch I threw (Jason) Giambi. He put a great swing on it. Really the game changer for me was going out for the sixth. To leave a guy out there on third base says something to your team and you’ll leave it strong for the bullpen.
“These guys can swing it. We’ve got some Silver Sluggers around here. It’s a lot of fun. We know it’s 162 games. We got some support. That is what we need as starting pitchers and we’re all going to do this together.”
Norris on the keys to his good year:
“I just think staying healthy. I’ve been in a great environment here from the training staff to the strength coaches to the teammates to the manager and pitching coaches.
“I just want to stay healthy, keep going out there and having a good time, playing the game hard and the right way. This team and this organization really brings out the best in me.”