Birds Smash Yanks, Take Series

Sports and Bets — June 23, 2014 at 6:28 am by

I’ll admit, after Friday’s Bronx meltdown, I didn’t know if the Birds had it in ’em.  This season has been an up and down ride to just over .500 ball and losing that game was a real punch to the nuts.

But the Birds did have it in ’em.

Over the next two ballgames the O’s pitchers would allow just one earned run en route to a series rebound and win.  Yesterday, oft inconsistent number one starter, Chris Tillman, pitched a gem, shutting out the Yanks for seven full innings.  He beat much gushed about Mahashiro Tanaka, who despite a quality start, couldn’t keep up with the lights-out Tillman.

The Bird’s bats helped the cause by producing three runs against Tananka and by cashing in for five more versus the Yankee pen. Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, professional hitter Steve Pearce, JJ Hardy and Manny Machado all had two hits en route to the 8-0 blowout and series clincher.

It’s always good to go up to the Bronx and beat the Yanks and their obnoxious fan base, but it’s even more satisfying to see the O’s overcome adversity and still take the series.

Besides one fluke inning, the O’s were easily the best baseball team in the Bronx over the last three days.

Of course, if you’re a glass half-empty guy or gal, you could say that we should have swept them Bronx bastards.  And you’d be right too, but I’ll take the series win regardless.

The O’s are now just 1.5 games behind the Blue Jays for first place.  If the O’s starting pitching keeps firing like they did all weekend, this next Baltimore home stand will be a fun one.

Other Weekend Notes

JJ Hardy hit his first home run of the season Saturday.  It’s about freakin’ time, babes.

Caleb Joseph hit his first round tripper of the year on Sunday.  Joseph was a prolific masher in the minors.

Jonathan Schoop owns the aforementioned Tanaka.  Schoop hit his sixth home run of the year off of the Yank starter.  It was also the second dong he’s hit off of Tanaka this year.

What more can be said about Professional Hitter, Steve Pearce?  He went 2-4 yesterday to run his batting average up to .339.  Over the weekend he had six hits, a home run, and four RBIs.  Fire, babes.

Next Up For The O’s:

Back at the Yard tonight at 7:05

Sale (6-1) vs Chen (7-2)

Let’s Go O’s!
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