Crush and O’s Bash Nats In Extras, Win 8-2 In 11 Frames.

Featured, Sports and Bets — July 7, 2014 at 11:59 pm by

The Run Down

Some Godzillas awoke in the eleventh inning Monday night and decimated some D.C. relief pitching.  That’s right, the Birds played the role of destroyer of worlds last night, but it took eleven innings to get there.  That’s when a Chris Davis two-run blast off of Nats’ reliever Craig Stammen finally got the extra inning onslaught started.  JJ Hardy then followed with a solo blast to left.  Later in the inning, Nick Markakis would plate Nick Hundley.  Then it was time for the eleventh inning-cherry on top, which came in the form of a Manny Machado two-run yard bird.  (Even sweeter was the fact that the home run was Manny’s fifth hit of the game. That’s the second time in three days that on Oriole has registered five hits in one game- Cruz in Boston was the other.)

The crazy thing is that up until that point the game had been a straight up pitcher’s duel.  Steven Strasburg was pitching very well for the bad guys and Good Chris Tillman took the hill Monday night for the Birds. Good Tilly went seven full innings and gave up only two earned runs on five hits while recording six strikeouts.  Both of those runs came on one pitch to Anthony Rendon who took Good Tilly deep.  Of course, our fan in the D.C. bleachers wasn’t having that shit….

 

It was great to see Good Tilly again, but the real story tonight was Davis, who sorely needs some confidence.  Davis is walking the Mendoza line tightrope and his strikeout rate is downright alarming.  Crush won a game earlier this season on a walk-off, pinch hit home run, but that didn’t break him out.  Maybe this one will.

Other Game Notes

The O’s fans were loud as hell at Nats Park.  Maybe even louder than we are for weekday games here at home.  May need to work on those weekday home games….just sayin’.

Markakis and Cruz each had three hits.  Cruz hit his 28th home run off of Strasburg.

The bullpen combo of O’Day and McFarland was stellar, allowing zero runs in four innings of work.  O’Day worked out of a jam by striking out the side in the 9th.

The O’s are now nine game over .500 and 2.5 games up on the Blue Jays.

Next Up For The O’s

Bud Norris comes back.  Same time, same teams, same place.

Norris (7-5) vs Fister (7-2)

Let’s Go O’s!

 

 

 

 

 

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