For most of the second-half, the Baltimore Orioles have been slumping offensively. Now, things look to be turning around. With back-to-back wins scoring 14 runs combined, it looks like the Orioles bats are getting hot yet again.
On Friday night, Orioles’ first baseman Chris Davis was 2-for-3 with a solo home run and outfielder Mark Trumbo hit a two-run home run, his second in two days and the Orioles went on to beat the San Fransisco Giants 5-2 and regain sole possession of first place atop the AL East.
Both Davis and Trumbo homered in the same game for the first time since June 26.
Davis now has six hits in his last three games and seems to be coming along offensively, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter is not concerned because Davis continues to contribute.
“I don’t overthink it,” Showalter said. “He’s playing such great defense. You don’t take it for granted. He makes two plays every night. Our guys just feel like they’ve got to throw it in the vicinity. He’s playing at an elite level defensively. I think there’s only two guys who have more walks than him in the league. If he gets the other part of it going a little bit … But he’s been a contributor almost every night in some form or fashion.”
On the mound, rookie right-hander Dylan Bundy was did not have his best stuff, but he found a way to get it done throwing 5 2/3 allowing three hits and one run while striking out three and picking up his sixth win in the process.
Bundy also lowered his ERA to 2.93 and Showalter has taken notice of his mound maturity.
“He’s been through so much. At 23, he’s had a lot in between fall league and big league experience. He’s been up here, then he goes to the bullpen. It’s been a pretty good process for him to get here, but we don’t take it for granted and you try not to overthink it a little bit. He’s a pretty tunnel vision guy. He’s very baseball mature for his age.”
The Orioles got eight outs from their bullpen including three from closer Zack Britton, who lowered his ERA to 0.55.
Britton has been sensational all season, but is he the best closer in the game?
“I would say so,” Trumbo said. “The swings each and every night, the scouting reports obviously say it all, but there’s not a lot you can do. It just has so much movement and it’s coming in at upper 90s, so usually he’s outstanding.”