It hadn't happened all season, but Scott Feldman picked a great time for the Baltimore Orioles first complete game effort of the year as he pitched the O's to a 4-0 victory Friday Night. Chris Davis, Danny Valencia and Matt Wieters provided all the Baltimore offense the Orioles would need.
Feldman (5-4) was absolutely superb in ever sense of the word last night. He was efficient, had great command of all his pitches and used his defense to get outs. Feldman did not allow a hit after the fifth inning and only allowed five on the night. The only jam he really faced all night came in the fourth inning, but thanks to an Adam Jones throw and Wieters protecting the plate (and a generous call from the umpire), Jeff Keppinger was thrown out at the plate with two outs to end the inning.
Acquired in early July, Feldman has pitched up and down, but his last two starts have been outstanding as he has allowed just one run combined in those two starts. Last night was the topper through with a complete game shutout, only allowing five hits, one walk and three strikeouts on 106 pitches, 74 of which were for strikes.
"He had command of all his pitches, He got ahead in the count. I don't think he ever got in a pattern. Matt (Wieters) did a great job. When you give any catcher, but especially Matt, those types of weapons at your disposal, you can do a lot of things to create some doubt in hitters. They hit some balls hard, too. We had some breaks go our way tonight that we haven't had it seems like in a while. Had some close calls go our way that seemed to have been falling the other way. I hope that's a good sign," Manger Buck Showalter said after the game.
Valencia was the early star of the offense as he delivered the first blow of the game, a solo shot in the bottom of the third and followed that up with a infield RBI single in the fifth to give Feldman and the Orioles a two run lead. The infield single ended a streak of 15 straight Orioles runs coming via the home run.
Chris Davis added to MLB lead by belting his 48th home run in the season in the sixth and was immediately followed by a Wieters solo homer to mark the fourth time this season the Orioles have had back to back home runs. Wieters is the only catcher in Orioles franchise history with three straight 20 home run seasons.
Davis led the way offensively going 3-4 with the solo home run, while JJ Hardy and Valencia each had two hits apiece.
Baltimore will get back in action this afternoon as Wei-Yin Chen (7-7) takes the mound and looks to secure a series win for the Birds as well as a chance for a sweep tomorrow. With the win, Baltimore improved to ten games over .500 and gained a game on the Yankees and Rays, as both lost last night.
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