I get changing speeds with the fastball and understand its value to Kevin Gausman, but this is three starts running that he's allowed a home run on a 91 mph fastball when he clearly has more in the tank. Went up to 96 after it here.
Manny Machado had another two-strike hit, the #Orioles first since Pedro Álvarez homered in the second. They look like a team asking Kevin Gausman and the bullpen to make three runs hold up. 3-1 through five.
Joey Rickard used his time in Norfolk to stop being so jumpy at the plate and brought back the selective approach that he features at his best. He's now reached four times in seven ABs, with three walks. bsun.md/2jeEiIw#Orioles
by Eduardo A. Encinavia twitter4/29/2018 8:29:17 PM
Pedro Álvarez said it was fine learning he was playing 10 minutes before first pitch. "I just put on my jock strap, my cup, and went downstairs." Kevin Gausman didn't know he was playing third until he threw him the ball before first pitch. "I was like, 'Hey, what's up?'"
Danny Valencia's late scratch with a hamstring injury put Pedro Álvarez in the #Orioles lineup against a lefty, at third base. He homered twice and made all the plays. "It's a good combo." bsun.md/2r8kESR