Crush Does It Again, Gausman Hangs With The King. Birds Win 2-1

Featured, Sports and Bets — July 26, 2014 at 7:49 am by

The Run Down

You gotta tip your cap to Kevin Gausman on this fine Saturday morning.  Going into Friday night, the Gas-man was coming off of a disaster of a start in Oakland on Sunday only to be facing the best pitcher in baseball in Felix Hernandez.  Orioles nation wondered how the young fireballer out of LSU would respond. Would he fold like a cheap chair in the Seattle night?  Would he crumble under the pressure of facing a Cy Young award winner?  Would his last start stick in his mind the way a bad break up with a hot chick sticks in one’s heart, destroying confidence and sending him spiraling back to the minor leagues and Norfolk?

No fuckin’ way, babes.

Kevin Gausman went toe-to-toe with King Felix and more than held his own.  Gausman allowed just one run over 6.2 innings, striking out three and giving up seven hits.  It awesome, but it wasn’t perfect, but our young righty showed mental toughness and a 97 MPH fast ball to work his way out of a few jams.  Having a plus fastball is great, but the mental toughness is what makes the good ones great.  Guasman showed incredible toughness last night, coming off of a bad start to duel the Mound-King of the American League to a seven inning draw.  You gotta love it, O’s fans.

Gausman’s nice start and the usual Baltimore bullpen brilliance set the stage for yet another clutch homerun for Chris Davis. Crush may be flirting with the Mendoza line and his power numbers may be down from last year, but Davis has now won three games this season with an extra inning bomb.  Last night in the top of the tenth, Crush deposited a 1-2 pitch into the right field bleachers.  It looked like Davis kind of reached for the pitch, but his bat speed and that sweet swing powered the rock into the middle of the lower deck.  2-1 O’s. This shot was no cheapie, babes, and the real good news is that Davis has now hit in four straight games.

Other Game Notes

The Orioles are now 5-3 on this rough West Coast road trip.

King Felix struck out 10 Birds last night.

Nelson Cruz hit the most laser-like home run you have ever seen in the second inning last night.  This obviously means that both Oriole runs were the result of long balls.

Zach Britton recorded his 19th save.

Is Darren O’Day the most underappreciated player in the majors?  He pitched to two batters in the ninth and struck out both.  His ERA is 1.00.

Next Up For The O’s

Today 4:10 PM EST

Norris (8-6) vs Young (8-6)

Let’s Go O’s!

 

One Comment

  1. Have you ever had the French dip at the HOBBIT?
    Also…..my two daughters of 4 and 5 read your columns daily,they love it when you use the word FUCK!

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