MILWAUKEE — After Jonathan Schoop hit a fly ball to left field to end the top of the 10th inning of the Orioles’ 7-6 victory Monday, he came back into the dugout and was angry.
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, part amused and part flabbergasted by what the 22-year-old rookie was thinking, asked Schoop what was going on.
“He goes, ‘I just missed that last one.’ ” Hardy said Schoop told him. “I’m like, ‘What are you talking about? You had a great game. You just relax.’ ”
One of the reasons the Orioles like the young second baseman is his competitiveness. They also love how seriously he takes his job, despite spending just three months of his career in the majors.
So Hardy just shook his head at how Schoop could hit two homers in two at-bats to help spur the Orioles’ comeback Monday and then be upset that he didn’t do it again in his next plate appearance.
“He is young, and the sky is the limit for him,” Hardy said. “He’s got some serious potential, and he is doing great.”
Schoop entered Monday with three homers in 144 at-bats and a paltry .215 batting average. His three hits — two solo homers and a single — pushed his average to .228 for the season.
It was the first multihomer game of his career.
“It’s not the best [moment] so far, but it is up there. Especially for us to make a comeback win,” Schoop said. “That’s the more important thing. My home runs count, but now it counts more because we win.”
Schoop had struggled at the plate recently, not hitting a home run since May 7, and at one point going 11 games without driving in a run. But Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Schoop’s attitude — and his defense — has been tremendous.
“I just like to see guys get a return for what they’re putting into it,” Showalter said. “Jon never has a bad day, regardless, and he’s been so consistent defensively.”
When asked about his reaction to Hardy after the 10th inning at-bat, Schoop laughed.
“Me and J.J., we talk every day, It’s a like a fun thing. We are angry, but we get over it,” Schoop said. “That’s just the way we talk with each other. Even though you’re happy, you’re still mad. You want more.”