Thursday, September 26, 2013
Jonathan Schoop, 2011 Bowman Chrome Prospects #BCP25
Last night's game was full of unexpected treats. The Orioles' makeshift lineup mashed four homers (including a pair from third baseman Ryan Flaherty) and scored nine runs total, the first time the team has tallied more than five runs since putting up seven in back-to-back games on the first and second of September. Bud Norris was shaky at the start, but was bailed out by his offense and the second-tier bullpen combo of T. J. McFarland (the winner), Josh Stinson, Troy Patton, and Jason Hammel (the closer). But it was also a night of firsts for infield prospect Jonathan Schoop. The native of Curacao made his big league debut, starting at second base and batting eighth in front of Flaherty. He had his first hit and run scored in the third inning, singling off of Esmil Rogers and coming home on Flaherty's first dinger. Schoop followed with his first career home run and RBI in the bottom of the sixth, giving the O's a 7-4 lead with a leadoff shot against Kyle Drabek. In his fourth and final plate appearance, the rookie drew his first walk against Jays reliever Ricky Romero. Flaherty again drove him in with a two-run home run, closing out the scoring. Young Jonathan grounded into an inning-ending double play in the fourth frame, but nobody's perfect.