Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the Orioles.
five -- consecutive quality starts for Chris Tillman.
Right-hander Chris Tillman pitched seven strong innings Tuesday night, allowing four hits and one earned run to give the Orioles his fifth straight quality start (closer Jim Johnson could not secure the win for him, though). Over Tillman's past five starts, he has a 1.87 ERA and opponents are batting .195 against him. He recorded three wins and the Orioles won four of those five games. In his eight starts, Tillman leads all Orioles starters with 47 2/3 innings pitched and his five quality starts are tied with Wei-Yin Chen for the team lead.
11 -- errors committed by the Orioles in 39 games.
The Orioles lost to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night, but it was another error-free night at the ballpark for Orioles defenders. With 11 errors in 39 games, the Orioles are first in the American League and second in the major league to only the Arizona Diamondbacks, who have committed 10. Their .992 fielding percentage is second in baseball, too. According to MASN, the Orioles have been especially mistake-free of late, committing just two errors in their past 17 games and four in their past 24.
.400 -- Steve Pearce’s average in his past 25 at-bats.
Steve Pearce recorded 15 straight outs to start the 2013 season, a hitless streak he snapped with a home run in a win over the Tampa Bay Rays on April 18. Starting with that hit, Pearce, who is usually used as a designated hitter, has since gone 10-for-25 with two home runs and seven RBIs. By batting .400 over that nine-game stretch, he has increased his season average from a string of goose eggs to a respectable .250.
nine -- hits for Manny Machado this past weekend.
Third baseman Manny Machado had three hits in each game of the Orioles’ three-game series against the Minnesota Twins over the weekend. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Machado was the first player younger than 21 to have three or more hits in three straight games since a Pittsburgh Pirates rookie named Rennie Stennett did it in September 1971. Machado's average spiked from .306 to .331, though it has dipped slightly to .329 after he had just one hit -- slacker! -- in Tuesday’s loss to the Padres.
3.09 -- flight time of Adam Jones’ homer on Sunday.
Center fielder Adam Jones also had a strong series in Minnesota, including a solo home run in Sunday's 6-0 win. According to ESPN Stats and Info, his third-inning home run off of Twins starter Scott Diamond had a flight time of 3.09 seconds, the quickest of any home run this season. It was also the quickest home run ever hit at Target Field. This isn’t really a useful stat, but it’s pretty interesting.
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