Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the Orioles.
five -- go-ahead home runs in the ninth inning or later for Adam Jones since the start of the 2012 season.
With one swing of the bat Sunday, Jones helped give the Orioles one of their biggest wins of the season. That two-run ninth-inning home run off New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, which gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead, was his seventh go-ahead home run in the ninth inning or later since 2009. That ties him with three other players for the most such home runs over that span, according to Elias Sports Bureau. In fact, it was his fifth such home run since the start of last season, which is also the most in Major League Baseball.
123 -- hits for Manny Machado through 91 games this season.
Machado on Tuesday night hit his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot in the third inning off Texas Rangers starter Martin Perez. It was his 123rd hit in 91 games, and yes, in the process he hit another of those young-man milestones. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Machado's 123 hits before the All-Star break are the most in MLB history by a player who was 20 or younger at the start of the season. But Machado celebrated a birthday over the weekend and is 21, so he now has a whole new set of milestones to swing for.
20 -- losses in which the Orioles have scored at least four runs.
The Orioles lost again Tuesday, their second straight loss and their sixth in the past eight games. The hitters gave the pitchers four runs to work with, but the Rangers won, 8-4. It was the third time in four days that the Orioles had scored at least four runs in a loss. And according to my colleague Eduardo Encina, it was the 20th such loss this season for an Orioles club that is fourth in baseball in runs scored. The starters have shown flashes, but they have a 4.85 ERA overall and haven’t taken advantage of that run support as much as they should have.
eight -- strikeouts for Chris Davis and Matt Wieters on Monday.
In Monday's loss to the Rangers, Davis and Wieters did something that hadn't been done by a pair of O's teammates since 1989. But that's not necessarily a good thing. Davis and Wieters each struck out four times -- they call that the golden sombrero -- in the loss. Phil Bradley and Craig Worthington were the last pair of Orioles to do it, but in their defense, those strikeouts came in a game started by Nolan Ryan.
2.10 -- Eddie Gamboa’s ERA in his final five starts in Double-A.
Gamboa, who converted to a knuckleball pitcher this spring, was recently called up to Triple-A Norfolk after a very successful five-game stretch for Double-A Bowie. In his final five starts with the Baysox, Gamboa had three scoreless outings of seven innings or more, including a seven-inning no-hitter June 30. He pitched 34 1/3 innings over those five starts and compiled a 2.10 ERA. After that, the Orioles had seen enough of Gamboa’s new repertoire to know he was ready for the next step. Now the 28-year-old is one step away from the major leagues.
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