CHICAGO-- Nick Markakis’ catch to rob a home run in Monday’s 8-2 win over the Chicago White Sox received some national attention. While Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Markakis deserves that recognition, the right fielder often shuns it.
Not only did Markakis rob Conor Gillaspie of a potential two-run homer Monday, but he also had a three-hit game, including a two-run home run and a pair of hits off tough left-hander Chris Sale. Markakis entered Tuesday with a 10-game hit streak and was hitting .415/.493/.615 in the month of August.
“There’s such a respect for Nick and what he does from his teammates and frankly from the opposition,” Showalter said. “When he caught the ball, he just wanted to get off the field. But he couldn’t help it last night. He stuck out like a sore thumb last night. … We don’t spend a lot time looking at his numbers. His substance is so much his style.
Showalter said he recently wanted to highlight Markakis’ career, and he put a list of the Orioles all-time hit leaders on the wall of the advance room. Through Monday, Markakis was 52 hits behind Boog Powell for fifth place on the list, which is topped by Cal Ripken Jr., Brooks Robinson, Eddie Murray and Brady Anderson.
“He asked somebody, ‘Who put that up there? How’d that get up there?” Showalter said. “He wanted to take it down. It came down one time. He probably took it down. Not that they need to be reminded, but what they’re watching here is pretty rare, unfortunately. … Nicky, every time he does something, it’s like, ‘This is what I’m supposed to do, right?’”
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The Orioles will face two of the club’s former pitchers this weekend as Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta is scheduled to start Friday and left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada is set to pitch Sunday. … The Orioles entered Tuesday’s game having allowed three or fewer hits in consecutive games for the first time since July 22-24, 2007. Their most-recent longer streak was three straight games from July 17-19, 1992 at Texas. … Monday’s win was the Orioles’ ninth series-opening victory in their last 10. The Orioles are 26-16 in series openers this season, including a 13-9 mark on the road. … Norfolk outfielder Dariel Alvarez entered Tuesday with a seven-game hit streak, batting .321 over that span. Alvarez is second among Orioles minor leaguers with 77 RBIs and has hit safely in 24 of his last 30 games since earning a promotion from Double-A Bowie on July 17.