Birds Sweep Texas, Take First Place. Boss-Style.

Featured, Sports and Bets — July 4, 2014 at 10:39 am by

The Run Down

Completing a four game sweep is extremely difficult, even against a struggling team like the Rangers, but when Yu Darvish scratched due to being a compete wuss, I liked the Orioles’ chances of doing some sweeping to Texas.

The Birds didn’t disappoint.

The Texas ace, who didn’t start because the Rangers  didn’t want him pitching and then stopping and then pitching again if the rains that were forecasted came pouring down, was replaced by spot starter Scott Baker, who would only last 4.2 innings.

Baker couldn’t keep up with Steady-Eddie, aka Wei-Yin Chen, who went six full, allowing just two runs over those six solid frames.  Chen scattered six hits, walked two, and struck out two en route to his eighth win.

But the night belonged to Professional Hitter, Steve Pearce.  Pearce went 4-5 with two doubles, two RBIs, and a Rickey Henderson-like two steals.  Is there anything this guy can’t do?  The real question of course is, where in the hell would the Orioles be without scrap-heap Pearce, who has solidified this lineup while the likes of Chris Davis and Manny Machado have struggled.  Pearce was put on waivers by the Birds earlier this season, it’s beyond fortunate that no other team claimed the sudden Orioles’ star.

He’s so on fire that Adam Jones didn’t give him the pie treatment, the audio guy for MASN got it instead.

This sweep and win puts the O’s in first place.  To do so in such a dominant fashion is pretty much a boss move.  Rick Ross is proud.

 

Other Game Notes

The O’s didn’t go Yard last night. This was the first time the O’s had won a game without hitting a home run since April.

Speaking of Adam Jones, he went 1-2 with a sac fly-RBI.  It was Jones’ fifth RBI of the series and he has 53 RBIs on the year.

Crush had a another hit and an RBI.

Ryan Flaherty, Nick Markakis, and Nick Hundley all had two hits.

Zach Britton notched his 12th save.

Next Up For The O’s

The Birds fly into Fenway for a weekend series.  Friday’s game has been postponed, thanks to Hurricane Arthur. The Birds and Sox will play a day-night double header on Saturday.

 

 

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