American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, August 11th
(All times eastern)
Kansas City Royals (48-64) at Baltimore Orioles (61-52), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - Luis Mendoza (5-8, 4.36)
Baltimore Orioles - Chris Tillman (5-1, 2.38)
(Sports Network) - In just his second major league game, highly-touted
prospect Manny Machado made a statement that he belongs in the big leagues for
The 20-year-old phenom finished 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI,
propelling Baltimore to a 7-1 victory in Friday's series opener with the
Kansas City Royals.
"It was the best feeling ever," Machado said of his first major league homer.
"I've dreamed about that my whole life, about going out there and getting that
curtain call, and second game in the big leagues I get it."
Machado became the 12th youngest major leaguer since 1918 to hit at least two
home runs in a game.
Omar Quintanilla added three hits and also belted a homer for Baltimore. The
7-8-9 hitters combined for seven of the Orioles 10 hits on the night.
Miguel Gonzalez (4-2) continued his stellar pitching for the O's, going eight
innings while allowing just six hits and one earned run with five punchouts.
He's given up just one earned run over his last 15 innings, lowering his ERA
to 3.42 in the process.
For the Royals, Luke Hochevar (7-10) was roughed up, allowing seven hits and
seven earned runs over 5 1/3 innings.
Salvador Perez knocked in the only run Royals run with a solo homer in the top
of the second.
On Saturday, Kansas City will rely on Luis Mendoza, who's 5-8 on the year with
a 4.36 ERA.
Mendoza pitched into the eighth inning for the second consecutive start on
Aug. 6, allowing seven hits and four earned runs over 7 1/3 innings in the 4-2
loss to the White Sox. He's run into some hard luck of late, as he sports just
a 2-4 record in his last six starts despite owning a 3.61 ERA in that span.
The 28-year-old right-hander has fared better away from Kauffman Stadium this
year, compiling a 3.88 ERA over 53 1/3 road innings.
The Orioles will counter with Chris Tillman, who has been a pleasant surprise
since joining the rotation on July 4. In six starts, he is 5-1 with a 2.38
The 24-year-old won his fourth consecutive start on Aug. 6, allowing just one
earned run over 7 1/3 innings of work in a 3-1 win over the Mariners.
"I feel like I put a lot of work in the offseason and carried in into the
season," Tillman said following his last outing. "I feel like it's starting to
pay off here, and we're not done."
Tillman has been touched up in two career starts against the Royals, allowing
17 hits and 11 earned runs over just 8 1/3 innings.
Baltimore has won four of its seven meetings with the Royals this season.
08/11 10:18:45 ET