Machado Homers Twice As O's Rip Royals
by Al Galdi
Aug 11, 2012 -- 4:47am

Orioles beat Kansas City 7-1 on Friday night (August 10, 2012).

1.    The O’s improved to 61-52 overall and 29-27 at home.
     a.    The O’s improved to 34-38 since their 27-14 start.

     b.    The O’s improved to 22-25 since their 39-27 start.
     c.    The O’s improved to 4-1 on their 10-game homestand.  
     d.    The O’s won for the ninth time in 12 games.

2.    Rookie starter Miguel Gonzalez allowed one run in eight innings, recording five strikeouts versus six hits and one walk on 103 pitches.

     a.    Gonzalez now has allowed one earned run in 15 innings over his last two starts.
     b.    Gonzalez improved to 4-2 with a 3.42 ERA over 10 games (seven starts) this season.

3.    Reliever Pedro Strop tossed a perfect ninth inning, recording two strikeouts.

     a.    Strop now has a 1.24 ERA over 49 games this season.
     b.    O’s relievers are fourth in the majors with a 3.02 ERA.

4.    The O’s totaled 10 hits and went 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

     a.    20-year-old rookie third baseman Manny Machado hit his first two career homers, blasting a solo homer in the fifth inning and a three-run homer in the sixth inning.
          i.    Machado became the youngest player in O’s history to record a multi-homer game.
          ii.   From the Elias Sports Bureau: Machado is the first player in modern MLB history (since 1900) with two homers and a triple through his first two career games in the majors.
     b.    Second baseman Omar Quintanilla (keen-tuh-NEE-uh) had a two-run homer (3) and two singles.
     c.    Left fielder Nate McLouth had an RBI double, a single and a run.
     d.    First baseman Wilson Betemit (BEH-teh-meet) had a double and two runs.
     e.    The O’s are tied for third in the majors with 141 homers.

5.    Negatives from the win:

     a.    DH Chris Davis went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
     b.    Right fielder Nick Markakis went 0-for-4 with a walk and committed an error (2).
          i.    The O’s have an MLB-worst 88 errors.

6.    Injury/absence/roster update:

     a.    Starter Jason Hammel (right knee injury) is on the 15-day disabled list.     
     b.    Starters Jake Arrieta, Zach Britton and Brian Matusz are at Triple-A Norfolk.
     c.    DH Jim Thome (TOH-mee) (herniated disc in his neck) is on the 15-day disabled list and is expected to be out until at least September.
     d.    DH Nick Johnson (right wrist sprain) is on the 60-day disabled list.
     e.    Infielder Ryan Flaherty (bacterial infection) is on the 15-day disabled list.
     f.     Rookie reliever Stu Pomeranz (left oblique injury) is on the 60-day disabled list.      
     g.    Second baseman Brian Roberts is on the 60-day disabled list.  He underwent season-ending surgery on his right hip labral tear on Aug. 3.
     h.    Left fielder Nolan Reimold (herniated disc) is on the 60-day disabled list.  He underwent what’s expected to be season-ending surgery on June 25, though it’s possible that he’ll play late in the season.  He said that his procedure is the same one that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had.  Reimold has five homers in just 16 games this season.
     i.     Pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada (soo-YOH-shee WAH-duh) (left elbow) is on the 60-day disabled list.  He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery on May 11.

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