Cruz Has Monster Day, O’s Win 7-5

Sports and Bets — September 7, 2014 at 7:29 pm by

The Rundown 

Nelson Cruz put the team on his back today, knocking in all seven of the Orioles’ runs en route to a 7-5 win. The win prevented the Birds from getting swept by Tampa, extended their lead to 9.5 games over the Yankees, and lowered their magic number to 12. Thank God one hometown team was able to come out on top today, or else I’d be binge drinking and betting well beyond my means at the Horseshoe, instead of recapping this exciting victory.


Bud Norris struggled from jump street, giving up back-to-back solo homers in the 1st inning. When this bullshit happened in the 3rd, it looked like it just going to be one of those days for the Birds.

Nelly cut the lead to one in the 6th on a two-run bomb to left. It looked like he hit that ball with a 9 iron. Just a tremendous display of power. Kevin Kiermaier would extend the Rays’ lead to two with a solo homer in the bottom half of the 6th. Norris would hit the showers after laboring through six innings. His final line was: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 4 HR.

The score would remain 4-2 until the 9th inning, when the O’s loaded the bases, and Cruz came to the plate with one out. The big fella delivered a bases clearing triple, and the Birds took a 5-4 lead. So, game over, right? Bring in the automatic Zach Britton, and hop on the plane to Boston. Not so fast, babes. For the second fucking game in a row, Ryan Flaherty started the 9th inning by making an terrible error in the field to put the leadoff man on. After a James Loney single, a sac bunt, and a chopper to 3rd, Flaherty’s man came around to score. Absolutely infuriating.

The game would stay tied until the 11th inning, when Cruz came to the plate with a man on first and one out. He crushed a two-run homer to center, and the O’s took a 7-5 lead. As the great, fictional manager Lou Brown once said, “Big knock, baby, big knock!”

This time, the lead would hold for the Birds, as Andrew Miller was able to strike out the side, and record his first career save. Ain’t the beer cold.

Other Game Notes

Jonathan Schoop went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. He’s struck out 10 times over his last 12 at-bats.

The Orioles are now 13-5 in extra innings.

Jeremy Hellickon’s final line was: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR.

The Rays’ bullpen was shellacked, surrendering five earned runs in 5.2 innings. The O’s bullpen was back to their old ways, allowing only one unearned run over five innings.

Cruz’s 39 home runs lead the MLB, and his 101 RBIs are good for 3rd. What a stud.

Up Next For The O’s

The Birds will travel to Boston for a three-game series against the Red Sox.

Monday, September 8, at 7:10 PM on MASN

Miguel Gonzalez (8-7) vs. Joe Kelly (3-3)

Let’s go O’s!

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