The Orioles dropped a pair of games Saturday and Sunday to finish their homestand a disappointing 4-5. Too bad, because things looked promising after scoring a combined 17 runs Thursday and Friday to end the Houston series on a high note and start the Seattle series with a *bang.*
Stud of the Week for July 30-Aug. 5:
Since the All-Star break, the hustling left fielder and lead-off man leads all O's regulars with a .328 average, including three doubles, three triples, and a homer.
On Friday night, the 5-foot-11, 180-pounder muscled up on a fastball that drifted back over the center of the plate and blasted his first career grand slam to deep right center. The bases-loaded dinger proved the winning margin in the 11-8 series-opening win over Seattle.
A midseason, scrap heap bargain in 2012 after the Pirates and Braves had given up on the 31-year-old former All-Star, McLouth has done nothing but provide a genuine spark at the top of the line up. He's second on the team to Chris Davis in on-base percentage and remains the Orioles' best base-stealing threat, far and away leading the team with 25 thefts to date. Plays a pretty fine left field, too, adding another great glove to the best defense in the league.