TORONTO — A day after the Baltimore Orioles sent one of their prized pitching prospects to the mound for his major league debut, the Toronto Blue Jays trotted out 23-year-old left-hander Sean Nolin fresh out of Class AA to make his first big league start on Friday night at Rogers Centre.
Before the game, Orioles Manager Buck Showalter was asked how to prepare for a pitcher he has little game tape on. Showalter responded with a confused look.
“Do we?” Showalter said. “We have very little film?”
The Orioles then showed they had done their homework on Nolin, chasing him from the game in the second inning on their way to a 10-6 win.
In their third victory in four games, the Orioles hit four homers, including J.J. Hardy’s three-run blast to left field off Nolin just three batters into the game. The Orioles have hit 13 homers in their past four games.
The Orioles (26-22) recorded their 15th road win of the season. Since the beginning of the 2012 season, the Orioles have 61 road wins, most in the majors.
Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis, hitting from the leadoff spot, reached base in each of his first four plate appearances, including a three-run double into the right-center field gap off Nolin in the second inning, which gave the Orioles a 6-1 lead. Nolin left the game after the next batter.
First baseman Chris Davis opened the third inning with his majors-leading 16th homer of the season, a solo shot off reliever Ramon Ortiz. Two batters later, designated hitter Danny Valencia launched a two-run homer into the second deck in left field for his first homer in an Orioles uniform to give the team a 9-3 cushion.
— Baltimore Sun