Gonzalez Goes The Distance, Schoop Mashes, Birds Win 6-0

Sports and Bets — September 3, 2014 at 10:17 pm by

The Rundown

Miguel Gonzalez was sensational tonight, earning the win after pitching a complete game shutout. He only gave up four hits and a walk while striking out eight. For my money, Gonzo’s outing tonight was the best pitching performance from any Oriole starter this season. He was absolutely dominant.

On the offensive side of things, Jonathan Schoop put the O’s on the board in the bottom of the 3rd with a solo bomb into the Reds’ bullpen. The mammoth blast traveled 446 feet.

It was Schoop’s second straight game with a home run, and the Birds are now 12-1 when the rookie homers. The O’s put up a three spot in the 4th inning on a solo shot from David Lough and a two-run opposite field homer from Chris Davis.¬†Schoop continued to terrorize the Reds in the bottom of the 7th, knocking in two runs with a double down the left field line.

Other Game Notes

The Birds dodged a bullet in the top of the 5th inning when Caleb Joseph took a nasty spill after slipping on their on-deck circle. Joseph was able to stay in the game, and Showalter had the on-deck circles removed in the middle of the 5th. It’ll be interesting to see what the Orioles’ course of action will be with their on-deck circles for the remainder of the season. Personally, I hope they burn the fucking things.

Nick Markakis made a great catch to rob Todd Fraizer. Just another day at the office for the Gold Glover.

Dylan Axelrod took the loss tonight. His final pitching line was: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Carlos Contreras had a rough relief outing for the Reds, giving up two runs and only recording one out. Sucks to suck, bro.

Up Next For The O’s

The Birds will go for the sweep.

Thursday, September 4, at 7:05 PM on MASN & MLBN

Chris Tillman (11-5) vs. Mike Leake (10-11)

Let’s go O’s!

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