"He's really coming into his own," Orioles designated hitter Mark Trumbo said. "The walks, especially -- his plate discipline is improving to where he's taking pitches that he may have made outs on before. The ones he's getting to hit, look at his doubles, look at his home runs. He's a monster player. And he's only getting better."
Schoop started things off with a solo shot as part of a back-to-back homer barrage off of Pirates starter Ivan Nova in the seventh. He has been part of all four of the Orioles' back-to-back home runs this season.
Schoop then delivered a game-tying blast in the ninth to force extras, scoring Chris Davis -- who homered earlier -- and giving Schoop his team-leading 12th RBI in the seventh inning or later.
"What you see is Jon takes information from his previous at-bats and applies it later in the game. It's a learning curve," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Jon watches how people are pitching him and what he's doing wrong and he makes adjustments to patterns and what they're doing. ... I think that's a sign [of maturity], that he takes things that are going on with him and makes some adjustments to them and tries to do something else different."
Schoop has done a great job adjusting this season, hitting in multiple places in the order and giving the O's one of their most consistent at-bats. He has 27 extra-base hits already, entering Tuesday tied for second in baseball among second basemen in that category. Schoop, who also posted a career-high 26-game on-base streak earlier this year, now has 10 homers on the season.
"I think since last season I started to make adjustments [quicker] -- sometimes during at-bats," he said. "I feel I'm getting better at it, but still have some [things] to work on to get better."