Right-hander Kevin Gausman left the game after seven strong innings -- the first 4 2/3 of which were perfect -- allowing O’Day and Britton to handle the final six outs. They did so in workmanlike fashion.
O’Day retired his three batters -- two by strikeout -- on just 16 pitches. Britton surrendered one hit in the ninth, but managed his 21st save of the season after another 16 pitches.
“I just attacked the zone with fastballs,” Britton said. “I didn’t really go off-speed. Just trying to get some quick outs.”
The Orioles are looking to bolster their bullpen by Thursday’s 4 p.m. trade deadline. If the team were to trade for another relief pitcher, it would be adding to a bullpen that has been impressive recently.
O’Day and Britton, especially, have pitched well.
O’Day has allowed just one earned run in his last 17 games. He has a 0.47 ERA over his last 19 1/3 innings, and has surrendered just 10 hits in that span. He lowered his season ERA to 1.10 on Wednesday night and brought his season strikeout total to 50, compared to just 11 walks.
Britton hasn’t allowed a run at Camden Yards in a franchise record 33 1/3 consecutive innings. His stretch of 25 straight scoreless home appearances is second in club history, behind only Brian Matusz (27).
“I have confidence that Darren’s going to go in and do his job,” Britton said, “and then I’m confident that I can go in there and give us a chance to win.”
Even if the Orioles don’t make a trade, their bullpen will get a boost Thursday.
Left-hander T.J. McFarland is expected back from bereavement leave. Preston Guilmet, who was called up Monday to replace McFarland, likely will go back to Triple-A Norfolk.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun