Commies Go Home. Birds Sweep Reds Out Of Baltimore.

Featured, Sports and Bets — September 5, 2014 at 12:44 am by

The Run Down

It was a weird and wild one at the Yard Thursday night as the O’s swept the Cincinnati Reds back to Ohio with a 9-7 win.  The Birds started off the night hotter than Kate Upton naked in your living room.  They bludgeoned Reds starter Mike Leake for six runs in the opening frame, bashing two home runs in the process.  Nelson Cruz got the baseball barrage started by smashing his league leading 37th dong off of Leake.  It was of the two-run variety.  Several hits, a run, and a few base runners later, it was Nick Hundley’s turn to go yard; his was of the Earl Weaver variety. It was Hundley’s second Earl Weaver of the series.  Suddenly, it was 6-0 Birds and I hadn’t even popped the popcorn yet for me and Kate.

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The Orioles would enjoy that lead until a Cincy two-run third, but then Jonathan Schoop would notch his 15th home run of the year, and third in as many nights, to make it 7-2.

Unfortunately for us O’s fans, that comfortable lead wouldn’t last.  Devin Mesoraco would homer for the Reds in the sixth (More on him later.).  That cut the O’s lead to 7-3.  Chris Tillman would leave the game after the sixth and he probably thought the W was in the bag with the way the O’s bullpen has been firing all season, but he thought wrong.  Brad Brach entered in the seventh and fucking collapsed upon himself like old casinos do when they get demolished with dynamite to make way for a new one.  And that’s all Brach was there for tonight;  to get blown up and then replaced.  Ugly.  Tillman went six full and allowed three runs on five hits.  Brach didn’t last an inning, but allowed four runs on three hits and a walk.  It was easily his worst performance of the year.

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But things would swing back the O’s way thanks to 1.1 decent innings from Tommy Hunter (Though he did allow the tying run on a base hit.  The run was charged to Brach.) and the close by Zach Britton.  Oh, and the bases loaded, two-out single from JJ Hardy in the bottom of the seventh.  Clutch again from the Hardy-man. And notice the  Birds didn’t waste any time getting the lead back.  The next at bat, and the tie was broken.  This team is tough and it doesn’t get rattled.  They wanted this sweep.  JJ delivered the damn broom, babes.

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Other Game Notes

The performance of the night had to go to Cincy Red, Devin Mesoraco.  Dude went 4-4 with a home run, a double, and four RBIs.  Get him the hell outta here.

Hardy, Cruz, and Nick Markakis all had two hits.

Every Oriole starter had a hit.

Chris Davis is now batting .195.  C’mon, .200!

Jonathan Schoop has homered in three straight games.

With 23 games left the O’s are 9.5 games ahead of the Yankees.  The Magic Number is 15.

The O’s are also 25 games over .500 for the first time since 1997.

Next Up For The Birds

It’s on the road to Tampa.  All of the remaining games for the Birds are divisional games.

Chen (14-4) vs Cobb (9-7)

Let’s Go O’s!

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