Birds Lose 5-4 To Jerk Jays In Weekend Series Opener

Sports and Bets — June 19, 2015 at 11:11 pm by

The Run Down

I still hate Cito Gaston.

The Orioles dropped their second ballgame in a row this evening to the Blue Jay, 5-2, in a game that featured two ejected “managers” from the same team, a bunch of hit batsmen, a no-hitter that was taken into the eighth inning, and three Oriole bases loaded situations in the final two innings.  It was a yawner turned nut-cruncher and ultimately a disappointment that the O’s couldn’t finish a big late inning rally against a team that is becoming real easy to hate these days.

Jays starter, Marco Estrada, was the story of the night.  The junky righty mystified the Birds through seven innings to the tune of seven hitless innings.  Estrada may not have hit 90 on the radar gun all night, but he worked his breaking ball and change-up to perfection.  Estrada did walk four, but he held the Birds without an earned base-runner until Jimmy Paredes broke up the no-no with a pinch hit flair to left field to start the eighth.  It’s a good thing too, because posting a goose egg in the H column up in Toronto would have been pretty goddamn insufferable.

Speaking of insufferable, Jose Bautista was of course at the center of the dickhead universe tonight, per his usual self.  Bautista was brushed by a Mike Wright fastball.  He was awarded first, but he proceeded to stare down Wright and then talk shit to the Oriole bench.  Bautista’s manager, John Gibbons, was ejected in the ensuing discussion. Gibbons is the dickhead star in Bautista’s dickhead universe, so it’s probably easy to understand why he got tossed by Blue. Later, Jose even added a bat flip after a walk to add to the stupidity.  I may hate Bautista now more than Ortiz, and that’s saying a lot, babes.

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The Blue Jays hit a few Orioles with pitches.  The Jays backup manger was ejected with reliever Roberto Osuna, when Osuna hit Adam Jones in the eighth.  The Jays hit Parmelee too.  This series might get ugly.

Meanwhile, O’s starter Mike Wright was a disaster.  He stunk it up with just 1.1 innings pitched.  He walked four, allowed three hits, and was charged with four earned runs.  C’mon Mike, you’re better than that.  Tyler Wilson held the game in check and saved the bullpen for the weekend with 5.2 solid frames in relief. He allowed one run, but overall it was really a nice outing for Wilson.

The O’s came to life after the Paredes hit in the eighth.  They loaded the bases twice in the inning and scored two runs; one on a Parmelee single, and another on a Crush Davis ground-out. In the ninth, Adam Jones notched a broken bat single to drive in two more with the bases juiced and two outs, but the rally would end when Chris Davis struck out to end the ballgame.

Gotta rebound tomorrow and stop this skid at two.

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Other Game Notes

Manny Machado had two hits.  He’s now batting .292.

Adam Jones was the DH in his return to the field.  He had the huge two-out, two RBI hit in the ninth.

Next Up For The O’s

Day Game On A Saturday In Toronto

Gausman  (1-0) vs Buerle (7-4)

Let’s Go O’s!

 

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