Birds Blast Nats and Their Natitude, 7-3. Now, On To Toronto!

Featured, Sports and Bets — August 5, 2014 at 1:15 am by

The Run Down

Kevin Gausman held the bad guys at bay and the rest of the Orioles responded by spraying baseballs all over Nationals’ Park in the late innings to beat up the D.C. Nats, 7-3.  Gausman was far from perfect, but he showed a ton of guts by getting out of several jams with only minimal damage.  Some good defense helped, Gauman got a double play to help him out in the fourth and he got a speared line drive from Chris Davis in the sixth with two on and two out.  Add it all up, and Gausman allowed three earned off of eight hits and two walks over six full innings.  The Gas-man also struck out three.  It was tough situational pitching and it got Gausman the win.

But the big story may have been the bat resurrection.  The Orioles pounded out fourteen hits and scored seven runs.  The O’s haven’t scored seven runs since last Tuesday, and to find a run total over four before that, you have to look to the 19th of July when they scored eight in a win versus the A’s.  JJ Hardy paced the way with four hits and Caleb Joseph and Nick Markakis both notched two hits apiece. (Joseph and Markakis both homered.)

The Orioles’ boom sticks were out to play tonight and it sat the Nats and their Natitude down in their own house.  The O’s have now officially taken the four game home and home series from early July, three game to one.  (This was a rain make-up game.)

Other Game Notes

Ryan Flaherty got the seventh inning scoring started when he plated JJ Hardy with a launched double to right center.

Delmon Young pinch hit for Kevin Gausman later that inning and plated Ryan Flaherty with a single.  It was the go ahead run.  Everyone on this team does their damn job.  Young has been a tremendous addition to this team.

The aforementioned Caleb Joseph had three RBIs to along with his two hits.

Chris Davis had a hit thru the shift to raise his average to .195.  Let’s Go!

Nelson Cruz continued to slump, going 0-4.  He is now batting .259.

Next Up For The O’s

My ass will be glued to my couch for three nights as the Birds travel up to Toronto for a crucial three game set with the Jays.  The O’s are currently four games up on the Jays in the AL East.

Remember the hate you felt for those Toronto teams of the eighties and nineties?  Do you remember old Jays’ manager Cito Gaston not putting Mike Mussina into the All-Star game here in Baltimore in 1993?  I sure do.  I think I’ve got my Kill The Blow Jays or my Cito Sucks T-Shirt around here somewhere….

7:07 P.M. in Toronto

Norris (8-7) vs Buerle (11-7)

Let’s Go O’s!


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