A double and solo home run by the Orioles’ newest acquisition (at least until tomorrow) scored the first two of the Birds’ three runs on the way to a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Jimmy Paredes has stepped right in with the O’s and been a factor in both of his games with his new team.
Paredes does not have the career numbers to exactly replace Manny Machado at third base, but moves like this certainly make Dan Duquette look like a genius.
And while the game was going on, DD was making other trades. As reported earlier here on The Baltimore Wire, a couple of minor league pitchers were sent to the White Sox for outfielder and speedster Alejandro De Aza. He will hopefully join the team for Sunday’s game three in the series with the Twins.
Both moves caused me to have some initial head-scratching. But on further contemplation and hearing particularly Buck Showalter discuss the moves, I guess I get it. The primary reasoning is to fill the organization with more veteran players to get through the final month with wide-ranging options. It also provides more overall depth preparing for the postseason – insurance policies as well as variegated options.
I suppose Ryan Flaherty is not inspiring sufficient confidence.
But does Kelly Johnson inspire confidence? The 32-year-old former first-round draft choice is hitting a combined .212 between the Yankees and Red Sox this year. He has hit 130 home runs in his career, including 16 just a year ago.
Certainly nobody can say that DD is not trying to make moves, though some may have wished for more dramatic procurements than these.
The deciding run on Saturday night was driven home by Chris Davis, following a HBP on Adam Jones and a Nelson Cruz single to right field that Jones hustled into third base. The sac fly was not deep; it was a risk, though certainly one to take late in a tie game at home.
The win pushed the O’s AL East lead back to a full eight games over the Yankees, who lost to the Blue Jays who now trail by 10.5 games.