Birds Beat Twinkies Again. Up Eight On Yanks. Magic Number 21.

Featured, Sports and Bets — August 31, 2014 at 6:33 am by

by Seabass

The Run Down

Sing with me. “21 is the Magic Number”.  “Yes it is, it’s the magic number“.  Magic number.  Aren’t those beautiful words?  Maybe it’s a little early to get too caught up in a magic number, but what the hell, that word hasn’t been uttered out of the mouths of O’s fans since ol’ Bill Clinton was President of these here United States.  So yeah, we’ll start the magic number talk in August.  And that number, friends, is 21. Magic…..

The Orioles got to that magic number of 21 by defeating the Minnesota Twins last night in a ball-cruncher at the Yard.  Chris Tillman pitched like a $25 hooker; ugly, but effective.  Tilly lasted only five innings on the bump, and the only thing consistent about his night was that he was consistently in trouble.  But he kept making big pitches and somehow he held the Twins to just one run over those five beleaguered frames.  It was gut wrenching stuff, but the bottom line is that Tillman, despite not having his best stuff, kept the Birds in the game.

The bullpen would then enter.  Tommy Hunter and Andrew Miller would combine to allow a run after a hit, a wild pitch by Miller, and then another run producing hit.  But the combo of Darrren O’Day and Zach Britton would close the game out with a six-up and six-down  performance in the eighth and ninth innings, and that would be enough to send the Twins to the showers with the L.

The O’s offense was centered around newly acquired infielder Jimmy Paredes.  Who?  Jimmy Paredes, babes. He was picked up from the Royals organization this week and brought up to the bigs by Baltimore on Thursday.  He then proceeded to go 1-2 on Friday with a walk and a run.  Then he carried the O’s offense on Saturday and went 2-4 with a double, a homer, and two RBIs.  Do the math; that’s 66% of Baltimore’s run production on Saturday coming off of the bat of a minor league player that they picked up because Professional Hitter Steve Pearce has an abdominal strain.  Does this organization know personnel, or what? This mover reminds me of 2012, when the Birds used 10,0000 roster moves to plug holes and fill gaps all season.  It seemed every move  they made then worked.  This move for Paredes certainly worked on Saturday.

Portrait of Jimmy Paredes

The third Orioles run  came in the seventh and it was all hustle by Adam Jones.  With one out, Jones was hit by a pitch.  He then took third on some hard base running when Nelson Cruz singled to right.  He then took home on a shallow, broken bat sac-fly from Chris Davis.  The run proved to be the game winning run and it was created by pure hustle from the best player on the team.  The little things win baseball games.  Jones proved that again last night.

Other Game Notes

Catcher Nick Hundley had two hits.  Both he and Caleb Joseph seem to make the most out of their playing time.

The O’s left 10 on base, the Twins left 11.  It was a coulda, shoulda, woulda contest.

The Birds acquired Alejandro De Aza from the White Sox while the game was in progress.  He’s a solid left-handed bat who can play all outfield positions.

The Yankees lost to Toronto.  The O’s lead in the A.L. East is eight with twenty-eight to go……

Next Up For The Birds

Today At 1:35 at the Yard.

Nolasco (5-9) vs Chen (13-4)

Let’s Go O’s!


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