As this series transitions to a new location, Jered Weaver gets his chance to return to action against the AL. The veteran right hander has had ample opportunity to see the O's as part of the Angels for the bulk of his career, but he got his first chance to face them with his new NL club.
It looked like Weaver decided to bring his 'A' game to Camden Yards this evening; serving up seven quality innings, allowing two runs, and snaring a win. However, his ERA still rests above 3.50, which is something he'll likely want to improve upon going forward.
Chris Tillman was the guy Baltimore trusted to help get them a second-straight win over the WS champs, but that goal would be dashed. Tillman never could really find a groove early-on, getting rocked for five runs (four earned) in four innings, and falling to an unflattering 0-2 for the season.
Stephen Vogt has had a fairly silent first month of the season, leading to Jorge Alfaro getting the bulk of the starts at backstop, but he made the most out of his chance to start tonight. His first big hit of the year came in the second, when he roasted a two-run double to the gap in right-center. Carlos Gomez helped make it 3-0 in the third, beating out a single on a grounder to second, then watching as a run strolled home on an errant throw by the second baseman past Chris Davis' jumping frame.
It got worse for the O's in the fifth, when Odubel Herrera crushed a two-run blast to the seats in right. The Orioles would finally answer later in their half of the inning, with a Roberto Perez single to right getting them a run. They would get their only other run of the game in the seventh, on a Jimmy Parades groundout to second that would allow a runner to come in from third. Carson Smith was called on in the ninth, and he continues to be perfect in his time as Phillies closer - finishing off save #8.
PHI: J. Weaver 7 IP - 2 ER - 7 H - 3 K
BAL: C. Tillman 4 IP - 5 R - 4 ER - 8 H - 3 K
PHI: O. Herrera 2-4 - HR (1) - 2 RBI (2) - 2 R
BAL: M. Wieters 2-2 - 2B (6)
WP: Jered Weaver (3-0, 3.62)
LP: Chris Tillman (0-2, 5.72)
SV: Carson Smith (8)