Adam Dunn came into the series against the Orioles hitting just .199. But over the course of the series, he carried the White Sox. In 12 at bats, Dunn registered five hits, hit two home runs, and drove in five more runs. Dun was also able to score two runs.
Today, in the bottom if the ninth inning, Adam Dunn sent the Orioles packing. Dunn got a curveball up in the zone and let it fly. With that, the White Sox took two of three from the Orioles with great pitching and timely hitting.
Today belonged to White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana. On the season, Quintana has a 3.69 ERA and was far better than advertised today. Quintana surrendered only two hits over seven innings of work and struck out 11 batters. He consistently had the Orioles off balance and if it were not for Adam Dunn’s error, the Orioles might not have scored at all.
Many other White Sox pitchers had good outings against the Orioles. In game one, John Danks gave up two earned runs on six hits in seven innings of work. In game two, Hector Santiago also went seven innings and also gave up two earned runs. But the Orioles were able to win game two by scoring two runs off Matt Lindstrom, a former Oriole.
You get the picture. The Orioles struggled to hit against the White Sox who came into the series winning only one of seven games coming into the series against the Orioles.
Next the Orioles will travel to New York to play the Yankees in a three game series. The team will return to Baltimore to face the Rangers in a four game series and the Blue Jays in a three game series. The Blue Jays series will close out the first half of the season.
The Orioles have had a great first half. The offense has carried the team but the pitching has been solid. If the starting rotation can play like they have over the past week, they can make a legitimate postseason run.