David Lough Steps Up In Extras As O’s Take Game and Series From Hated Red Sox

Featured, Sports and Bets — July 6, 2014 at 10:10 pm by

The Run Down

Good baseball teams win a lot of games on the strength of their depth.  In the marathon that is the Major League Baseball season, each bench player needs to step up and shine in a crucial moment.  Sure, the everyday players will carry the load, but teams that win their divisions and teams that succeed deep into September get contributions from everyone over the course of a season, including those guys who come into ballgames cold off of the often splintery bench.

The Orioles had that guy Sunday against the Sox in Fenway Park and his name was David Lough.

Lough has struggling a lot this season.  He is batting under .200 and his at-bats have disappeared as the likes of Professional Hitter Steve Pearce and Demon Young have excelled.  But Lough got the call early Sunday evening, entering the game as a defensive replacement for Young in the bottom of the seventh inning.  In the ninth, Lough would line out to first, but in the twelfth inning, Lough would make his mark in both halves of what would be the last frame of the ballgame.  Lough led off the twelfth with a triple to right-center.  The ball was freakin’ smoked.  Then Lough would score the go-ahead, and what would turn out to be the winning run, when JJ Hardy singled him home on a chopper that got through the drawn-in infield.  Then, in the bottom of inning twelve, Lough would gun down David Ortiz on a ball that Lough played perfectly off the Green Monster.  Ortiz, who is built like, and runs like, me, had no business trying for second.  Lough gunned his ass with about eight feet to spare with a perfect one hop throw.  That throw helped preserve the O’s 7-6 victory.  The inning belonged to David Lough. Ortiz should have known better.

Remember, depth wins divisions.

Other Game Notes

Over their last two game the Birds have pounded out 32 hits.

I have never seen a team bitch and moan at the plate about obvious strike calls more than the Red Sox.

Starter Kevin Gausman went 5.1 solid innings, allowing only one earned run and striking out seven.  It was the usually stout bullpen that let the Sox score five runs in the seventh.

Brad Brach went three full frames and again calmed the waters for the Birds.  This guy has been stellar lately in long relief.

Nelson Cruz went an obscene 8-11 over the last two games.  During the Fox broadcast on Sunday, the biased announcers started saying how good he would look in a Red Sox uniform next year.  I guess maybe Lackey fucked that up. Besides, I don’t think he’s leaving B-Town. Suck it, Fox network.

JJ Hardy probably deserves more mention for his two hits and three RBIs, including the game winning hit. He’s now batting .290 on the year. Bingo.

Nelson Cruz and Steve Pearce both executed excellent hook slides into home plate on two separate occasions.

The Os’ are now eight games over .500 and are now two full games in first.

Next Up For The Birds

Onto D.C for a four game home and home vs the Nats.

Monday night 7:05

Tillman (7-4)  vs Strasburg (7-6)

Let’s Go O’s!

 

 

 

 

 

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