OAKLAND, Calif. — Once again, the Orioles bounced back from a tough loss Saturday night, putting Friday night’s nightmare ending behind them with a commanding, 8-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
The Orioles now have won four of five games after a walk-off loss. Here’s a look at the previous four:
Date Walk-off result Next game
4/20 6-5 loss at Boston 7-6 win at Boston
5/27 7-6 loss at Mil (10 inn.) 8-3 loss at Mil
6/20 5-3 loss at NYY 6-1 win at NYY
7/5 3-2 loss at Boston 7-4 win at Boston
The Orioles lost that June 20 game on a walk-off homer by New York's Carlos Beltran, then, as they did Saturday, rebounded with four homers to beat the Yankees, 6-1.
On July 5, they overcame a walk-off, 3-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of a doubleheader to claim a 7-4 win in Game 2, propelled by a 5-for-5 night from Nelson Cruz and 5 1/3 scoreless innings from the bullpen.
Each of the Orioles' last three walk-off losses were in series openers, and each time they were able to bounce back.
The last two times, the Orioles won the series. We will see whether they can do it again in Oakland.
-- Manager Buck Showalter wanted to get Brad Brach and Darren O’Day work Saturday, and both pitched multiple innings in their first work since the All-Star break. He will use right-hander Ryan Webb on Sunday and has left-hander T.J. McFarland available as a long reliever behind right-hander Kevin Gausman.
“The first time you go out there after seven, eight, nine, 10 days off, you really don’t know what you’re going to get," Showalter said. "In fairness to them, until we get everyone out there a couple times, we’ll be feeling our way through it.”
-- Showalter said he probably could have allowed left-hander Wei-Yin Chen to go deeper, but he removed him after five innings and 86 pitches partly because he wanted to get his relievers some work.
“I think I had the ability to go six, maybe seven innings,” Chen said through interpreter Louis Chao. “So I did feel a little upset to be taken out after the fifth inning, but maybe Buck has his plans, and it’s not the player’s place to think about that stuff. I just try to do my job. That’s all.”
-- Adam Jones became the first Orioles player in club history to record five or more RBIs and two stolen bases in the same game. I was definitely wondering whether that ever had happened before.
-- Shortstop J.J. Hardy hit his fourth homer of the season in the first inning and is now hitting .296 with three homers and 23 RBIs against right-handed pitching while batting just .242 with one homer and four RBIs against left-handed pitching. He has nearly three times more at-bats against right-handers.