The Atlanta Braves avoided being swept at home by the Orioles with a 7-3 victory on Sunday. Here are some odds and ends from the weekend series.
O’s Win Streak Versus Braves Snapped at Seven
The Orioles had won seven consecutive games against the Braves headed into Sunday’s finale. The streak dated back to 2012 when the Birds took the final two games of a three-game set in Atlanta. Baltimore then swept the Braves in their three-game Interleague match-up in 2015. The seven-game run was the longest win streak for the O’s versus the Braves since Interleague play began in 1997. The Braves have twice had five-game win streaks against the Orioles since ’97.
Sweeps Are a Thing of the Past
The Orioles have swept the Braves three times in Interleague play (1997, 1999, and 2015). The Braves, meanwhile, have swept the Orioles twice (2000 and 2005).
The Orioles’ first sweep of Atlanta came at the outset of Interleague play in a match-up that featured baseball’s two best teams to that point in the season. The O’s entered the 1997 series with a 43-19 record that was tops in the American League by eight games. The Braves were 42-23, which was 3.5 games better than the closest National League team.
Fans who were following the O’s at that time will remember how significant the 1997 sweep felt as the O’s proved their mettle heading toward the midpoint of what would ultimately be a wire-to-wire division-winning season.
Davis Improves, but Strikeout Streak Continues
Chris Davis finished 0-for-4 in Sunday’s afternoon contest with the Braves. It was his first hitless game since re-entering the lineup on Friday night.
Davis homered Friday and had a bases-loaded double on Saturday. However, the batter formerly known as Crush also struck out in each game of the series to run his strikeout streak to 24 games. That ties the longest strikeout streak of his career from 2014 and leaves him three games shy of Steve Barber’s team record 27-game strikeout streak during the 1960 and 1961 seasons.
Nick Markakis Continues to be Double Trouble
Former Oriole Nick Markakis doubled twice on Sunday giving him a league-leading 25 doubles in 2018, as reported by MLB.com. Doubles have always been a Markakis speciality. He topped the 40-doubles mark four times during his tenure in Baltimore including a personal-best 48 doubles in 2008. He was on pace midway through the 2010 season to top Brian Roberts’ team record 56 doubles but dropped off the pace in the season’s later stages.
Markakis ranks seventh in career doubles for the Orioles with 316. Cal Ripken Jr. easily leads the category with 603 doubles in Baltimore. Adam Jones, with 288 doubles, is the only active O’s player currently in the Top 10 for career doubles. He ranks ninth.