Orioles' Adam Jones Has Strong Series In Hometown San Diego

Posted on August 08, 2013

The Orioles started their West Coast swing by making quick work of the San Diego Padres, sweeping the two-game set.

Right-handed starter Bud Norris and center fielder Adam Jones carried the Birds to a 4-1 win during the Aug. 6 series opener. A Chris Davis three-run blast propelled the team to a 10-3 win during the Aug. 7 day-game finale.

Jones led an Orioles offense that tallied 23 hits during the two games.


After the two-game sweep of the Padres, the Orioles are 3.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays, who hold the American League wild-card lead, and 1.5 games behind the Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics, who are tied for the AL West. The Birds now trail the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox by six games.

Here are some of the highlights from the Birds' series win.

NORRIS WINS SECOND CONSECUTIVE START

Norris picked up win No. 2 as an Oriole after a solid Aug. 6 performance, his second start since the Houston Astros traded him to Baltimore. He tossed six innings, giving up one run on five hits. He also used his past experience from hitting in the National League to go 1-for-2 at the plate.

The Orioles acquired Norris before the July 31 trade deadline to be a reliable arm in the starting rotation, and so far, he has delivered. During his two starts, Norris has posted a 2.25 ERA for a starting staff that has a 4.70 ERA.

JONES CARRIES OFFENSIVE LOAD

Padres pitchers had a difficult time getting San Diego native Jones out during the short two-game set. Jones went 7-for-9 with a home run, his 23rd of the season, and two RBIs.

Jones is off to a hot start for the month, hitting safely during all six games. In August, he is batting .500 (12-for-24) with five RBIs.

JOHNSON CONTINUES HOT STREAK

Orioles closer Jim Johnson converted his 39th save of the season during the game one win. During the outing, Johnson gave up one hit before closing out the game and securing the win for Norris.

Since blowing a save against the New York Yankees July 5, Johnson has converted 10 straight save opportunities. During this recent string of success, Johnson has lowered his season ERA from 4.02 to 3.20.

The Birds will enjoy an off day before opening up a three-game road series against the San Francisco Giants. Pitcher Chris Tillman will start the Aug. 9 series opener in search of his 15th win of the season.

Posted Aug. 8, 2013 by Chris Garman

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