Game 2: Orioles Sweep Double-Header Behind Strong Pitching Efforts

Sports and Bets — September 12, 2014 at 10:33 pm by

Oakland Athletics v Baltimore Orioles

It’s safe to say the Orioles starting pitching is as good as I’ve seen it in a long, long time. Following a great effort by Kevin Gausman this afternoon in game 1, Bud Norris followed with a scoreless outing of his own. In fact, the Yankees scored 1 run in 20 innings of baseball today. The old Bronx Bombers just ain’t that good anymore. The Oriole’s magic number is down to five. If all goes to plan, the Orioles will clinch the AL East division win early next week. How incredible does that sound?

Norris improved his record to 13-8 after allowing only three hits through seven innings. He out dueled Yankees starter Bryan Mitchell, who put forth a respectable two-run effort in his major league debut. Bud Norris got 10 of the 21 outs he recorded via strikeout. He was getting great movement on his fastball, while successfully changing speeds on his pitches all game long. Despite a couple of very efficient 11-pitch innings, his pitch count was over 100 after the seventh, or else he clearly had the stuff to go the distance tonight.

Game Notes:

For a team that leads the league in percentage of runs scored via the home run, the Orioles did not hit one today in either game. Even when the ball stays in the yard good teams need to be able to manufacture enough runs to win ball games, which the O’s showed us they can do. This will be important while Davis is out.

Alejandro De Aza had two RBI triples in tonight’s game. Duquette’s late-season acquisitions are really playing a major role in this ball club’s continued success. (We saw the walk-off from Jimmy Paredes in game 1).

On the day that we learned of Chris Davis’ 25-game suspension that will keep him out until late in the post-season, the Orioles could not have responded better. I believe they took notes from the Ravens last night on how to deal with off-the-field distractions. (Ahem, 26-6).

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Up Next For The Birds: Saturday, 1:05 PM vs New York Yankees

One Comment

  1. Orioles….. Since the DOPE got suspended….. Are undefeated !

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