The Baltimore Orioles were active both on and off the field this past weekend. The team started a four-game series with the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, and made a couple of deals ahead of the MLB trade deadline.
Friday afternoon the Orioles made a pair of deals. The first was acquiring outfielder Gerardo Parra from the Milwaukee Brewers for right handed minor league pitcher Zach Davies. Parra is a guy who can come in and help this team. He has a slash line of .328/.369/.517 with nine home runs, 109 hits, 20 walks and 31 RBIs. In his debut game with the O’s on Saturday, Parra went 1-3 with a double, a run scored and a walk. Parra is a guy who can get on base and that’s exactly what the Orioles need as they rank 21st in OBP at .310. He is also an exceptional outfielder. The other deal that was made by Baltimore was sending reliever Tommy Hunter to the Chicago Cubs for right fielder Junior Lake, who the team optioned to AAA Norfolk. Hunter was 2-2 with a 3.63 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 44.2 innings pitched.
The series with Detroit got under way in a losing effort as the Tigers were able to win 9-8. The next two games the Orioles bounced back and took advantage of the series. On Friday night the O’s overcame a six-run deficit and came back to win 8-7. Adam Jones connected for a three-run home run in the bottom of the 5th and then Manny Machado launched a two-run home run in the bottom of the 6th to give Baltimore a 7-6 lead. On Saturday afternoon, starter Kevin Gausman had a really strong outing, going seven innings, giving up just four hits and two runs with zero walks. He was backed by another home run from Machado, his 23rd of the season, and a home run and three RBIs from catcher Caleb Joseph.
The Orioles will enter Sunday five games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East and one game back from the Minnesota Twins for the second wild card spot. Baltimore will send Ubaldo Jimenez (8-6, 3.73 ERA, 108 strikeouts) to toe the rubber against Daniel Norris, who will be making his Tigers debut and first start since April 30th after he came over from the Toronto Blue Jays in the David Price trade. He is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 18 strikeouts.