Birds Sunk By Old Fart Colon and The Mets, 3-2.

Sports and Bets — May 5, 2015 at 10:51 pm by

The Run Down

Bartolo Colon, who may, or may not, have been born during the American Civil War, got his creaky bones working long enough to shut down the visiting Baltimore Orioles tonight at Citi-Field in New York.  Colon, looking fit as ever, was tough all night. The crafty right-handed veteran went 7.2 innings and he allowed just one run while scattering six hits.  (The one run was a Manny Machado home run in the eighth.) Colon also struck out nine.  It was an extremely impressive performance for a guy who’s built like Elliot Gould and who’s just a few short years from collecting Social Security.

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Meanwhile, our guy Bud Norris pitched well enough to win, but a rough fourth inning would seal the L for the O’s fireballer.  Bud allowed four hits in the inning, three of which were doubles. All those extra base hits hanging out together usually spells trouble, and Kevin Plawecki’s two run double capped the Mets’ three run frame.  Norris would recover from his fourth inning hiccup, and he lasted seven full while only allowing those three runs and striking out four.  It was a solid and encouraging outing for Norris, who struggled mightily to start the year.  Seems he is rounding into 2014 form.

As it turned out, the biggest moment of the game came in the top of the fourth when the O’s couldn’t capitalize on back-to-back singles by Adam Jones and Chris Davis with nobody out. . Colon would work out of the jam unscathed and then cruise until the Machado dong in the eighth.  The missed opportunity would prove crucial in the one run loss.

The Orioles are now 12-12 on the year.

Other Game Notes

In the ninth, Chris Davis crushed the first pitch he saw from Mets closer, Jeurys Familia to make it a 3-2 ballgame. The glimmer of hope the home run provided was unfortunately short lived, as Familia recovered to retire the side for his 11th save.

Chris Davis was the only Oriole with two hits.  He had five total bases.

The Baltimore defense was incredible this evening.  Jimmy Paredes had two real nice plays at second, and Adam Jones flashed his gold glove by running down two drives in the Citi Field power alleys.

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Caleb Joseph had a rough night, going o-4 with 3 Ks.  Though he did gun down a Curtis Granderson in the first on an attempted steal.

Brian Matusz pitched a solid inning of scoreless relief, striking out one in the process.

Watching Bartolo Colon hit (or try to) is hilarious.

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Next Up For The O’s

7:10 PM, Citi-Field in New York for this mini-series finale.

Jimenez (2-1) vs deGrom (2-3)

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