Chris Davis’ Replay Delayed Grand Slam Helps Birds Beat Bedard, Rays

Featured, Sports and Bets — June 18, 2014 at 5:45 am by

What a wild one Tuesday night in Tampa!  Getting the baseball madness started was Chris Davis, who delivered a Grand Slam in the third inning.  It took a replay to determine whether the ball Davis blasted hit the foul pole or not. Thankfully, it had hit the pole and was correctly ruled a salami.

Wasn’t it great to see the O’s get after former Oriole starter (and always an ass) Erik Bedard?  After a tough loss Monday night, the Orioles needed to respond against a terrible Tampa Bay team and the replay-delayed home run got things off on the right track, helping the Birds jump out to a 5-0 lead.

But that big O’s lead didn’t last long and by the end of the fifth, it had been cut to only one run.  Professional hitter, Steve Pearce, stepped up big in the 7th with a two-run dinger and that gave the Orioles some much-needed insurance runs.  Zach Britton pitched a clean 9th inning, with all three outs coming off of ground balls. It was Britton’s eighth save and he is becoming an ideal closer. I love the fact that so many of hits outs come from ground balls. Ground balls lead to double plays and perhaps more importantly, ground balls are a lot less likely to get over the fence for a home-run.

With Tuesday night’s starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez returning from the DL the Orioles are currently carrying six starting pitchers and six relievers. Something there has got to give. Gonzo did get the win Tuesday night, but giving up eight hits, including two home runs, while also walking two over just five innings, isn’t an overly impressive start.  At this point, I would like to see Gonzo become the long-man out of the pen and the team’s spot starter. He would seem to suit that role well and besides, Kevin Gausman has made a few really strong starts for the Birds and since he, not Gonzalez, is the future of this pitching staff, it’s time to give Gausman consistent Major League work. It simply doesn’t make sense to send Gausman back to the minors, he’s too good for AAA ball. (He may be a classic 4A player at this stage in his career, but I’d rather see him hone his craft against the best.)  Nor does it make sense for him to labor in the bullpen in the bigs, the kid’s a starter and he needs to be groomed that way. Gausman needs to stay right where he is. At least until he proves he doesn’t belong, and I don’t think that’s going to happen.

We’ll get another look at Gausman soon enough, as he heads to the hill in Wednesday’s rubber match with the Rays.

 

cover pic: bleacher report

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