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For a team known for its big power numbers, the Orioles delivered a solid but unspectacular offensive performance last week, never scoring fewer than three runs or more than six over the six games against the Dodgers and Angels. The average – 4.5 – was good enough to win four of six games and win both series. The O’s hit nine homers, four of them by major league home run leader Mark Trumbo, and batted a combined .275. Trumbo had a big week all around, batting .391 with a .500 on-base percentage, while scoring or driving in 10 of the club’s 27 runs. J.J. Hardy also had a big week, with eight hits in 19 at-bats (.421) and his first homer since coming back from a broken foot, and Adam Jones led the team with 10 hits. Chris Davis (.174, 11 strikeouts) and Manny Machado (.185) struggled through the final week before the All-Star break.
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The Orioles continue to play very strong and timely defense, bailing the club’s starters out on several occasions last week and making their usual collection of terrific plays. J.J. Hardy was very hard on himself for making errors on consecutive plays Friday night, but it’s fair to note that he makes two errors in a game only slightly more often than Vin Diesel wins an Oscar. Though the Orioles committed more errors than typical earlier in the season and – at one point – ranked 20th in the majors in fielding percentage, they have climbed slowly back up the rankings and stand 13th in that department at the break (7th in the American League).
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Every week, Orioles columnist Peter Schmuck will grade the performance of the Orioles in five categories. The letter grades are not directly tied to any particular statistic, but are representative of a cumulative evaluation of everything – tangible or intangible – that falls under that particular category.