Buck Gets Tossed, Bats Cool Off, Birds Lose 8-3

Sports and Bets — August 10, 2014 at 6:09 pm by

The Run Down 

Today’s loss drops the O’s to 17-22 in day games, and 8-11 on Sundays. Is there not a functioning coffee machine in their clubhouse? I can’t explain their day game struggles, but I can explain why they lost today. The Cards went 7-for-16 with RISP, while the O’s went 2-for-13. Chris Davis personally left a small village of runners on the base paths today, and continues to infuriate me virtually every time he steps up to the plate.

Kevin Gausman wasn’t very sharp today, and took the loss after pitching an unimpressive five innings. He allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out six. Lance Lynn earned the win, even though he was only marginally better for the Cards. He surrendered three runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out six over 5.2 innings. The Cardinals jumped on the Birds early, scoring two runs in the 1st inning on RBIs off the bats of Matt Adams and Jhonny Peralta. It could’ve been worse for the O’s, but Adam Jones gunned down Adams at the plate to end the inning. You could hang clothes on that fucking line, babes.

The Birds got one back in the bottom of the 1st on an RBI double from Nelson Cruz. It was Nelly’s 80th RBI of the season. The Cards scored in the 3rd on an RBI single from Jon Jay, in the 6th on an RBI single from Daniel Descalso, and in the 8th on a ground rule double from Matt Carpenter. The Birds kept within striking distance with Nick Markakis scoring on a wild pitch in the 5th, and Markakis providing an RBI single in the 6th. Unfortunately for the Birds, any hopes of a 9th inning comeback were eliminated after Zach Britton struggled in a non-save appearance. Britton surrendered a three-run homer to pinch-hitter Peter Bourjos to put a fork in the hometown squad.

By far, the most entertaining part of today’s game was Buck getting ejected. Buck got pissed over a questionable overturned call from the MLB headquarters in New York, and he let the umps have it. He asked to use the headset to speak with the umps in New York, and put on a damn good show. It was a fitting way to end the 60th anniversary weekend celebration. Earl definitely would’ve been proud.


Other Game Notes 

Caleb Joseph’s consecutive games with a home run streak ended at five games. Helluva run, Caleb. Let’s start the next one tomorrow!

Pat Neshek is dirty. He pitched two 1-2-3 innings with four strikeouts. Trading him to the A’s for cash considerations back in 2012 was one of Dan Duquette’s biggest blunders as the Orioles’ GM.

Markakis went 4-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Keep hitting like this, and you can give out all the invisible handjobs you want, Nick.

The Cardinals bullpen pitched 3.1 scoreless innings, while the O’s bullpen allowed five runs in four innings.

Andrew Miller gave up his first run as an Oriole today. He began his tenure with the Birds with 3.2 shutout innings over four appearances.

Up Next For The O’s

Monday, August 11, 7:05 PM vs. Yankees on MASN

Bud Norris RHP (9-7) vs. Chris Capuano LHP (1-2)

Let’s go O’s!

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