NEW YORK - The Orioles rebounded from Friday’s walk-off loss to the Yankees by winning the next two games by a combined score of 14-1.
What does that say about the team?
“It’s like you’ve got to turn the page,” said manager Buck Showalter. “We haven’t even played half the season yet. What did we win, four out of six on the road? We’ve got to play better at home. We know that. One of the qualities of good teams that are playing in the postseason is that they’re competitive on the road.”
“We’ve got a short memory,” said shortstop J.J. Hardy. “I think that’s the biggest thing. It’s game by game. We were able to forget about that one.”
Forget about one and take the next two to win their third straight road series.
“This was a big series.” Hardy said. “The fact of what happened to us Friday night and to be able to come back and win the next two, and especially against (Masahiro) Tanaka today, was huge for us.”
The Yankees have lost only three of Tanaka’s 15 starts, with two coming against the Orioles.
“He’s a tough pitcher,” Hardy said. “We battled. We just grinded today and just tried to work some stuff together and we were fortunate enough to score a few off him.”
Hardy had two more hits today, including a three-run double, after hitting his first home run last night.
“Personally, I feel like I’ve been getting some hits, been pretty consistent with that,” he said. “I just need to start driving the ball more and we’ve talked about that. I think it’s coming.”
Jonathan Schoop hit his second home run off Tanaka in two games against him.
“He threw me the same slider up in the zone and I just put the bat on the ball. He’s a really good pitcher and he just made a mistake,” Schoop said.
“I was looking for a ball up in the zone and trying to attack the ball, because it’s tough to get one up in the zone with Tanaka. And he left the one up and I put the bat on the ball.”
Schoop is the first player with two home runs against Tanaka in his rookie season in the U.S.
“It means a lot because he’s the best pitcher there and I got two off him and never imagined I would get two,” Schoop said.
How about beating the Yankees twice with Tanaka pitching?
“It means a lot because we were 1-1 (in the series) and we came in today and win the series,” Schoop said. “That means a lot for the team. He’s a really tough pitcher and we’re a really good team too. We respect him and I hope he respects us too.”
Here’s more from the victorious clubhouse at Yankee Stadium:
Steve Pearce on beating Tanaka
“It’s huge, especially with being a division game on the road and especially with the resiliency we showed with the first night losing in the late innings, and then we came back and win the next two. We battled together as a team.”
Chris Tillman on today’s start
“Better. I made some big adjustments in between my last start and this one. I was able to get off the mound three times because of the long break and it worked, so I think it carried out there today and it was there for me for the most part.”
Tillman on three straight quality starts
“It’s coming, it’s definitely coming. Still have a lot of baseball left, a lot of starts left, and you always want to improve every time. The second you get comfortable, they’ll knock you right on the butt, so you’ve got to stay focused and got to keep working.”
Tillman on not having Matt Wieters behind the plate
“It was tough at first for me. He’s the only guy I’ve ever thrown to. But Caleb (Joseph) is out there catching bullpens in between starts. Nicky (Hundley) does, too. They’re getting to know their staff and they’re right there on the same page. I don’t think I shook off Caleb today one time. They do a great job.”
Tillman on Joseph’s first major league home run
“It was awesome. I was screaming like a little girl in the clubhouse I was so happy for him. I’ve been playing with him for a while, so it’s awesome to see. Glad the fan threw the ball back.”
Showalter on Tillman
“Chris was solid. You can tell he was carrying a good fastball early, borderline pitches. He was without his curveball until the fifth inning. That made it a little different. I thought the changeup got him a couple of outs he needed. I thought physically he was prepared to go 110, 120 pitches. He was in a real good delivery.”
Showalter on T.J. McFarland
“Mac’s been solid, hasn’t he? We knew we weren’t going to use him tomorrow with (Wei-Yin) Chen pitching, so we knew we could let him go. I take things out of this game like Chris Davis going down the line after his ground ball in an 8-0 game. That’s what allows guys to sleep. Guys get that. I like that. Everybody likes that.”
Showalter on production from bottom of the order
“Those guys hitting seven, eight, nine are hitting third their whole life in the minor leagues, in high school and in college. They have that potential. The thing about this game is you’ve got (Chris) Sale tomorrow, one of their best pitchers, and I think that’s what everybody misses, the quality of pitching you see night after night after night. That’s the biggest difference between this and the minor leagues is the quality of the pitching you see every day. Our guys will feel good about their effort today and know that they have a real challenge tomorrow.”
Showalter on road series wins
“If you’re not playing particularly well at home, they’re real big. It’s not they’re we’re playing well, we haven’t got the W’s that we need. Sooner or later, every team seeks their level and seeks what they’re capable of doing if they have the right people. They were fun to watch to fun today. Our guys are always engaged and in concentration mode, but I (don’t) think people realize over 162 games how hard it is to have a consistent intensity and concentration that you have to have to do this. They have it, too. We’ll take it and move on.”
Showalter on Joseph’s home run
“He’s smart. I knew it. I told you he was smart. He ran right up the runway. I thought he wasn’t going to come back out. That’s the time when you really like the tradition of throwing the ball back on the field. Everybody was hollering in the dugout, ‘Come on, throw it back on the field.’ Usually, when some people have cleared out out there, they’re more likely to keep the ball, but they’re saving a lot of money so we don’t have to pay for it.”