BOSTON — Baltimore Orioles rookie third baseman Jonathan Schoop is still trying to feel his way through his first real opportunity to contribute as a major leaguer.
The organization’s top position-player prospect, Schoop has had his share of growing pains under a bright spotlight as he’s filled in for injured Gold Glover Manny Machado.
The 22-year-old didn’t experience much pain on Friday. In the Orioles’ first trip to Fenway Park this season, Schoop helped rally the Orioles to an 8-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox with his first career four-hit game.
“It feels good, especially if you win and get a W,” Schoop said after the Orioles won their season-high third straight game. “It feels really, really good.”
With the Orioles already leading 1-0 against Boston starter John Lackey, Schoop opened a three-run rally in the third inning with an infield single to shortstop.
He came in to score on Nick Markakis’s RBI double before Nelson Cruz’s two-out, two-run single put the Orioles up 4-0.
Baltimore’s lead was 6-3 in the seventh when Schoop laced a two-out RBI double down the left field line, and it was 7-4 in the ninth when Schoop hit another RBI double to left off the Green Monster.
Schoop and the Orioles’ offense helped starter Chris Tillman, who won for the fifth time in his last six decisions against the Red Sox despite lasting only five shaky innings.
Tillman allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks.
“It was a struggle,” said Tillman, who still sports a 1.71 ERA. “I knew it was going to be a struggle from the get-go. It was a night where I was battling myself the whole time. Luckily, I was able to execute some pitches when I was in trouble and get through it.”
— Baltimore Sun