Davis Goes Deep Twice, O’s Take Series With 5-4 Win

Sports and Bets — May 27, 2015 at 9:17 pm by

The Run Down

The Birds (21-23) took the rubber match against the Astros (30-18) with a 5-4 victory. It was a big series win for the O’s, as Houston has one of the best records in baseball, and the Birds have really struggled to play to their potential. The Astros struck first blood in the 2nd inning, taking a 1-0 lead on a double from Chris Carter. The score would remain 1-0, until the O’s erupted with four runs in the 4th inning off Collin McHugh. Jimmy Paredes and Adam Jones lead off the inning with back-to-back hits. With runners on the corners and no outs, the Birds dusted off the ol’ Little League double steal play to tie the game up at one run a piece.

While the crafty baserunning was nice to see, what came next was a true sight for sore eyes. Chris Davis launched a two-run shot over the scoreboard in right to give the O’s a 3-1 lead. It was Davis’ first home run since May 11. Steve Pearce followed Davis with a solo shot to left to put the Birds up 4-1.

Through the first six innings, Ubaldo Jimenez was able to hold the Astros to only one run, despite constantly having runners on base. Jimenez’s tightrope act finally came back to bite him in the 7th inning, and the Orioles’ defense certainly didn’t do him any favors. With runners on the corners and one out, Jimenez got Preston Tucker to hit a groundball to J.J. Hardy that should’ve set up an easy, inning-ending double play. But instead of touching 2nd base himself and firing the ball to first, Hardy inexplicably opted to flip the ball to Ryan Flaherty. This threw off the rhythm of the play and wasted valuable time, allowing Tucker to beat out the throw. This blunder made it a 4-2 game, and gave Evan Gattis an opportunity to represent the tying run. It was an opportunity that Gattis would not squander, as he promptly delivered a two-run homer to left-center to tie the game at 4-4. After that highly frustrating inning, it looked like the O’s were going to let another winnable game slip through their fingertips. Thankfully, Davis had other plans. With one out in the 8th inning, Davis hit a mammoth blast to right-center off Tony Sipp to give the Birds a 5-4 lead.

Zach Britton came on to pitch the 9th, and he ran into a little bit of trouble. He gave up a two-out double to Jose Altuve, but he retired Tucker on a deep fly ball to left field to end the ballgame. Ain’t the beer cold, babes. Let’s hope this hard-fought victory will be a harbinger of better things to come for our beloved Birds.

Other Game Notes

Jimenez’s final line: ND, 7 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

McHugh’s final line: ND, 6 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Brad Brach (3-0) earned the win after pitching a clean inning of relief, Sipp (2-2) took the loss, and Britton earned the save (12). Brach is now 10-1 as a member of the Orioles (Kubatko).

The O’s designated Alejandro De Aza for assignment today to make room for Flaherty coming off the DL. What a fucking disappointment that guy’s been.

The Astros went 2-for-13 with RISP, and they left eight men on base. The Birds went 2-for-3 with RISP, and they left five men on base.

Paredes went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and a steal because he’s a baseball-playing cyborg.

Pearce has homered in two of his last three games, and a 2014 version of that dude would go a long way towards revitalizing the Orioles’ lineup.

Up Next For The O’s

Tomorrow, the Birds will take on the White Sox in a doubleheader, with Game 1 starting at 1:05 p.m.

Game 1: RHP Tyler Wilson (1-0) vs. LHP Chris Sale (3-2)

Game 2: RHP Mike Wright (1-0) vs. RHP Chris Beck (0-0)

Let’s go O’s!

cover pic: Orioles on MASN

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