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Long Ball Powers O’s Past White Sox

May 22, 2018 - 10:19 am

By Joe Schiller

Despite sporting one of the league’s worst combined batting averages, the Baltimore Orioles rank seventh in home runs on the 2018 season. This is a team that’s lived and died by the long ball with powerful bats in the lineup and that worked in their favor on Monday night.

Solo home runs by Manny Machado, Adam Jones, and Mark Trumbo powered the O’s to a 3-2 win over the White Sox in the series opener.

Andrew Cashner (2-5) earned just his second win of the season, allowing two earned runs on eight hits in five innings pitched. After losing three straight starts at the end of April, Cashner has settled into form in his last four starts. He’s allowed no more than three earned runs in that span, earning a win, loss and two no-decisions. The bats haven't been a huge support when he's on the mound and Cashner has the lowest run support (2.9 runs per game) of the starting rotation this season.

The O’s struck first on the scoresheet with a no-doubter home run by Machado. He continues to tear the cover off the baseball and sent that one 411 feet into left field off Hector Santiago. Trumbo and Jones answered with home runs of their own in back-to-back innings, giving Baltimore a 3-0 lead. 

Trumbo’s center field bomb was only his second on the season but one of the most powerful home runs hit by the starting lineup all year.

The long balls propelled the O’s to the lead and Mychal Givens secured it. He was called upon in the bottom of the sixth inning facing runners on second and third base with no outs. Buck Showalter’s move proved to be timely and crucial for the ballclub.

Givens worked the opposition to perfection, forcing a Welington Castillo pop out along with striking out Tim Anderson and Adam Engel to end the inning. He was absolutely money throughout two innings, not allowing a hit.

Richard Bleier and Brad Brach put together the closing remarks as the O’s earned the 3-2 win and their 15th on the season.

The series continues tonight as Kevin Gausman (3-3) will look to overcome a shaky performance against the Red Sox last weekend. He’ll take on James Shields (1-4) with first pitch set at 8:10 p.m. from Guaranteed Rate Field