Birds Bust Out Late, Wreck Tigers To Take Game One. (How F$cking Awesome Was That 8th?)

Featured, Sports and Bets — October 2, 2014 at 10:43 pm by

The Run Down

That’s a hell of a way to start a postseason.  The Orioles dismantled the Detroit Tigers, 12-3, in front of a packed and crazed crowd at Camden Yards to take Game One of the ALDS.  It was a tight nut-cruncher for most of the way, but a break out, eight-run eighth iced the game and put the Tigers to bed  before the ninth even started.

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The party at the Yard got started early with a two run bomb off of the bat of Nelson Cruz in the first inning.  But the Tigers would quickly tie it in the top of the second with back to back home runs from the Martinez’s, Victor and J.D.  The O’s would quickly take the lead back in the bottom of the second frame with an RBI single from Nick Markakis.  Then…..crickets.   Both Max Scherzer and Chris Tillman settled in.  Tillman was throwing a million pitches and battling hard, and Scherzer was cruising, at one point he retired eleven straight Birds.  Steve Pearce would break that streak in the sixth by crushing a ball to left field.  Unfortunately, he was gunned at second because he admired what he thought was a home run.  (It should have been an easy double.) Lucky for him, it wouldn’t matter.

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Meanwhile, a battling Tillman had gotten out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth.  He wouldn’t come back after that as Buck handed the game over to the bullpen.  I thought Tillman would have to really shine for the O’s to win.  While Tilly did get the win, he battled more than he shined.  In fact, you could make an argument that Scherzer actually out-pitched him.  But that would be foolish talk, because while Tilly wasn’t perfect, and while everyone would have liked to have seen him get in at least six quality innings, he did only allow two earned runs.  He got the win.  Sure, he may have leaned on the bullpen a bit more than Buck would have liked, but he did enough to get the win.  And that’s all that fucking matters babes.

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Meanwhile, JJ Hardy would homer to make it 4-2.  Then Miguel Cabrera would homer off of Darren O’Day to make it 4-3.  The game was setting up for late drama.  It had been a ball buster for seven and a half innings.  But then……

Godzilla, aka the  Orioles offense, came out to play.  The Birds finally chased Scherzer after a Alejandro De Aza double, and then the O’s would utterly annihilate a Tiger parade of former stud closers and Yankee rejects.  It was an awesome and incredible inning for the O’s, for The Yard, and for us, the fans.  Every player in Black and Orange contributed and the hit parade and offensive explosion sent Baltimore into a frenzy.  It. Was. Absolutely. Incredible. Babes.

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Other Game Notes

Adam Jones and Nick Hundley were the only Birds without a hit.  But Jones had a stolen base and a run and Hundley had an RBI.

Nelson Cruz had two hits and three RBIs.  All were when the game was close.

De Aza, Markakis, Pearce and Schoop all had two hits. (Though one of Pearce’s was his dum-dum play.)

Besides the Pearce brain fart, O’Day didn’t cover first on a grounder to the right side with a left sided shift on.  It would be erased by a double play, but the O’s gotta tighten up their minds for the rest of this post season, there’s a championship to win.

This bullpen is special and was instrumental in tonight’s win. While the Tigers pen was getting stomped for an endless amount of earned runs, the O’s pen let up just the Cabrera home run.  Big difference there.

And how big was the Andrew Miller trade for the O’s.  This guy is downright dynamic, babes.

This was a huge win and a great moment for Orioles’ fans.  But it’s just one win. Heed the Wolf….

Let’s get this one tomorrow and continue the march to glory, babes.

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Next Up For The O’s

Game Two of the ALDS.  Noon (really?)  at the Yard.

Verlander (15-12) vs Cen (16-6)

Let’s Go O’s!

 

 

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