Ain’t It Sweet Baby! O’s Go Up 2-0 In Divisional Series Off The Bat Of Delmon Young

Sports and Bets — October 3, 2014 at 4:06 pm by

I am literally too jacked up to even write in complete sentences right now.

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This O’s game was just too sweet for words. Something about the 8th inning so far this postseason has really been kind to the Birds’ offense. Obviously, it helps that the Tigers’ bullpen is just straight-up awful. Joba Chamberlain is the worst. Always has been, always will be.

Chen started the game off looking like he brought his A-game, cruising through the first three innings. He then proceeded to allow 5 runs in 10 pitches in the fourth, before recording an out, including another set of back-to-back homers by the Tigers’ offense. Chen was pulled in favor of Kevin Gausman, who looked outstanding for most of his long relief outing. He hit a rough patch before exiting the game in the eight inning, after allowing an earned run.

But it was the bottom of the eighth, again, that proved costly for the Tigers’ piss poor bullpen. With one out, professional hitter Steve Pearce hit an RBI single to score hit-batter Adam Jones, before a clutch walk by shortstop JJ Hardy loaded the bases.

Then came the big blow from Delmon Young. He took a first pitch fastball and lined that puppy into left field for a three-run double. The stadium, rightfully so, erupted.

Young has seen one pitch this postseason, and has a double with 3 RBIs. Pretty solid production. What an acquisition for Dan Duquette this offseason. Young has quietly had a phenomenal year in limited at-bats. I’d like to say put him in the every day line-up, but he’s too valuable off the bench, and we have too many good players that need at-bats.

Other Game Notes:

Gausman really had his good stuff for most of his outing. He looked a little gassed the second time through the line up though.

It’s great to see Zach Britton carry his regular season success into the postseason.

Nick Markakis homered to give the O’s an early 2-0 lead. I couldn’t be happier to see Nick not only play in the playoffs, but to succeed.

The O’s look to close this series out Sunday in Detroit, when they send Miguel Gonzalez to the mound to battle another former Cy Young Award winner, David Price, who the O’s are all too familiar with. Game time is set for 3:30.

Buck’s a fan…


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