“Better Make It A Double”, Birds Notch 7 Doubles, Pound Rays

Featured, Sports and Bets — June 9, 2013 at 9:37 pm by
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Underrated

The Orioles had been puzzled by Tampa pitching all weekend.  With the threat of a series sweep from a division rival looming over their heads, the Bird’s bats finally awoke against Matt Moore, and they awoke with a vengeance.  The Oriole lineup pounded out seven doubles as they consistently found the power alleys against one the American League’s best pitchers this season.  Adam Jones threw in his 12th home run for good measure, and overall the Birds registered 16 hits in their 10-7 win.   It was a huge win for the Orioles who definitely didn’t want to be swept by the team only a 1/2 game behind them in The AL East standings.

One Oriole who doesn’t seem to get enough credit is Chris Tillman.  He pitched very well today and over the past month or so he’s easily been the best pitcher on the staff.  Sunday he went 6 innings, and allowed only 2 runs on just 4 hits.  Tillman also struck out 5 and is now 6-2 on the year.

It’s real good the Birds scored 10 runs because the bullpen tried to give this one away.  Brian Matusz had his worst appearance as a reliever, giving up 3 runs in just 2/3 of an inning.  The Rays scored 5 earned off the bullpen, this unit definitely isn’t the guaranteed  lockdown  that they were last season.  My stomach takes a couple turns every time a new arm comes walking in from the outfield.

Gone

Gone

Chris Davis is slumping.  he was 0-fer for the series.  C’mon man, there are team records to break.  Adam Jones had 3 hits, including that home run, and two RBIs.  Hopefully his mini slump is over.

JJ Hardy is scalding hot.  He also had 3 hits and is now batting .270.  Only 5 weeks ago Hardy was batting under .180.  Incredible, and by the way , Hardy leads the AL all-star voting at his position.

The Birds come home tomorrow for a set against the big money Angels.

Weaver (1-1) vs Garcia (2-3)  Which Freddy shows up?

Let’s Go O’s!