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August 26, 2014

What You Need to Know

August 26, 2014

by Chris Mosch


The Monday Takeaway
Over the weekend, the Cubs' pitching staff held Baltimore’s potent lineup to just four runs, as the American League East leaders dropped all three games of their series to the club occupying the National League Central cellar.

The Orioles' bats busted out of that rut in a big way on Monday night against the Rays, chasing Jake Odorizzi from the game in the fifth with a brigade of long balls.

The Orioles entered the home half of the third inning trailing 1-0 after the Rays pushed across an unearned run against Chris Tillman. Jonathan Schoop singled off Odorizzi to lead things off for Baltimore. The Tampa Bay starter promptly fell behind 2-0 to the next batter, Nick Markakis. The 24-year-old hurler quickly wished for his next pitch back:

Markakis drilled Odorizzi’s center-cut fastball into the seats out in right-center field to give the home nine the 2-1 lead. Steve Pearce was up next for the Orioles and Odorizzi fell behind in the count again. Once again, Odorizzi missed his target and left a heater down the middle of the plate. Like his teammate moments earlier, Pearce crushed Odorizzi’s mistake:

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