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It should be apparent by now that the Orioles are usually going to do one of two things at the plate this season – frustrate you or surprise you. They delivered a very frustrating offensive performance against the pitching-challenged Oakland A’s, scoring just three runs in the first three games of the four-game series at the Oakland Coliseum. Things went better in San Francisco, but it took a terrific comeback and a dramatic homer by Jonathan Schoop on Sunday to capture that series. Adam Jones led the offense with a .367 average, two homers and five RBIs for the week. Matt Wieters was right behind him, but packed most of his offensive production into a five-hit performance on Sunday. Mark Trumbo’s home run pace slowed after the All-Star break, but it picked up with three homers last week to hold the major league lead (34) and he led the club with eight RBIs. Chris Davis continues to search for his stroke, but he reached base 10 times last week and scored four runs.
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The Orioles defense continues to creep up the rankings after getting off to a rocky start early in the season. The Orioles now rank fourth in the major leagues in fielding percentage and second in the American League behind only the Houston Astros. Apparently, great defense is a way of life in the Mid-Atlantic region, because the Nationals rank at the top of the majors in both fielding percentage and fewest errors. Though it was not a winning week for the club, the defense committed just one error – which came on that wind-blown fly ball that glanced off Trumbo’s glove on Sunday.
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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.