With 21 more combined hits in this afternoon’s series finale, the teams will match the record for hits in a four-game Orioles-Jays series at the Rogers Centre. The record of 97 hits was set on June 23-26, 2003.
I asked Orioles manager Buck Showalter before the game why the Rogers Centre has become such a hitter-friendly park. He just put his hands over his head and said he would say if he knew.
One part of it has to be that pitchers – for some reason – tend to have difficulty getting a grip on their pitches here, which might lead to flatter pitches. Orioles right-hander Freddy Garcia said yesterday that he’s always had problems getting a feel for the ball.
But the Orioles have right-hander Miguel Gonzalez on the mound. He has a 3.12 road ERA, the second lowest by an AL pitcher since the beginning of the 2012 season with a minimum of 75 innings. He trails only Seattle’s Felix Hernandez (3.01)
Here are today’s lineups:
Orioles: McLouth 7, Machado 5, Markakis 9, Jones 8, Davis 3, Hardy 6, Wieters 2, Valencia DH, Casilla 4, Gonzalez 1.
Blue Jays: Cabrera 7, Bautista 9, Encarnacion 3, Lind DH, Arencibia 2, Lawrie 5, Gose 8, Bonifacio 4, Kawasaki 6, Jenkins 1Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun