Birds Can’t Quite Git ‘Er Done Versus Yanks. Magic Number Still 5

Featured, Sports and Bets — September 13, 2014 at 7:51 pm by

The Run Down

When it comes to sports we’re all greedy as hell.  I want the Birds to win the A.L. East and I want it done yesterday.  But since they haven’t quite locked it up yet, I at least want that magic number to shrink by the day. But with both an Orioles loss and a Toronto win, the magic number remained five and my A.L East Division dreams are going to be further delayed until at least mid-week.  Oh well, I guess you can’t win ’em all.

Miguel Gonzalez pitched well enough to do so, but one crappy inning would end up dooming him to the L column.  That inning was the second. The Yankees logged three of their game total of four hits in the second.  Brian McCann homered for the first run in the frame and later in the inning Antoan Richardson would single home a run.  Then with runners on first and third and two outs, the New Yorkers would attempt the old double steal.

It worked. The runner on second beat Caleb Joseph’s throw and the runner on third scored.  I guess Caleb Joseph felt that he could make the play that would have gotten the O’s out of the inning.  You can’t really blame a guy for that.  But the player batting during the steal, Jacoby Ellsbury, would foul out to Joseph to end the inning, and unfortunately for the O’s, that stolen home plate proved to be the game winning run.

The Yankees would only manage one hit and four walks (ugh) after that second inning.

Meanwhile the O’s offense sputtered.  Though the Birds out-hit the Yanks 9 to 4, they couldn’t quite get over the hump. Nelson Cruz had an RBI single in the third and Professional Hitter Steve Pearce belted his 17th home run of the year in the sixth.  But besides that, the Orange and Black couldn’t produce.  The Birds went 1-9 with runners in scoring position and the O’s left a scoreable duck on the pond in the second, third, seventh, eighth, and ninth innings.  It just wasn’t our day, babes.

o duck

Other Game Notes

There are still too many Yankee fans at these games.  They are annoying as fuck.

Adam Jones, Jimmy Paredes, Nick Markakis, and Professional Hitter Steve Pearce all logged two hits apiece.

Nelson Cruz now has 102 RBIs on the season.  Solid babes.

Fox Sports reported during the game that Adam Jones and Braggo Roth are the only players to hit in the .280’s for four consecutive seasons.  Roth did it from 1916-1919. If Jones hits in the .280’s this year, it will be his fifth consecutive year doing so. He is currently batting .285.

By a very small margin, Professional Hitter Steve Pearce currently has a higher slugging percentage than Nelson Cruz. (.529 vs .526)

o pearce

Next Up For The O’s

Kuroda (10-9) vs Tillman ( 12-5)

Let’s Go O’s!



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