Bats Back Chen Gem. O’s Crush Rays 7-1

Featured, Sports and Bets — April 15, 2014 at 8:07 am by

The Run Down:

The up and down Oriole April took a turn for the better yesterday as the Birds dismantled the Rays 7-1.  Wei-Yin Chen, who had struggled a bit in his first two starts, went 6 1/3 last night, allowing just five hits and one run.  Hell, Chen pitched no-hit ball for four innings, but that, of course, was broken up when my buddy texted me, “Chen hasn’t allowed a hit yo.”  As soon as I got the text Rays first baseman James Loney ripped a double over the extended glove of a sprinting Nick Markakis.  Way to go, friend who will remain nameless so he won’t receive death threats from the 21 people who read this blog.  Who doesn’t know that you keep your trap shut while the no-hitter is brewing?  Who?

It doesn’t matter though, because whether Loney had roped that double or not at that particular moment, there’s  no way Chen would have ever gotten out of the seventh.  That six inning, 100 pitch area seems to be his limit, and it was at least good to see him get past the sixth in his third start of the year.  By now it’s obvious that this is Chen, and I’ll take six solid any time from the young lefty.

Chen Gem: //definition-   A pitching performance by Wei-Yin Chen that last longer than six innings, involves more opponent strikeouts than walks, and limits the opponent to three runs or less.

The O’s also broke out offensively yesterday after being dominated all weekend by Toronto pitching.  The Birds doubled the Rays and their starter, Chris Archer, into submission.  JJ Hardy doubled twice, and Nelson Cruz, Matt Wieters, and Chris Davis all doubled once off of Archer as the Birds racked up 12 hits and 7 earned runs against the young right hander.

It was a big win for the O’s and now they’ve got two chances to take the series.

Other game notes:

Wieters and Hardy both had three hits and an RBI.

Ryan Flaherty had two base hits and two RBIs.

Nelson Cruz had two hits, two runs, and an RBI.

Markakis and Adam Jones went a combined 0-9.  Ugh, babes.

Player of the game:  JJ Hardy.  It could easily go to Chen, but Hardy had three hits, including two double, and the guy plays flawless defense.  Is anyone quicker at turning two?

Tonight at 7:05 at the Yard

Odorizzi (1-1) vs Gonzalez (0-1)

Let’s Go O’s!

…and we can do better than 15,000, right?

 

 

pics: yahoo, timesunion

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