Gonzo, ‘Pen Shutout Sox, 4-0. Now Lead A.L. East By Double Digits

Featured, Sports and Bets — September 9, 2014 at 1:17 am by

The Run Down

Of all the baseball teams to hate, I hate the Red Sox the most.  Their fans are obnoxious loudmouths who act like their franchise is some storied and glorious bastion of baseball greatness.  Sure, they’ve won a lot over the last ten years, but they were perennial toilet bowl swimmers for eighty damn years.  They and their run-down ballpark were punch lines to bad baseball jokes in sports circles for a long time, it’s only recently that they been a relevant franchise.  But ESPN says they’re historic in a good way, so Sox fans think they’re historic.  It’s ridiculous, and if I hear one more person wearing a Red Sox hat say that they root for the Sox now because their Grand-dad was from Boston I’ll throw the fuck up.

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So needless to say, when the Birds travel up to Boston to take on the Sox and their fans, I get a little extra fired up.  And when the Birds are in first place in September while the Sox are licking doo-doo in the toilet again, the trip to Fenway is extra sweet.

When the O’s shut those Red Sox out, well that’s just sportsgasmic, babes.

That’s exactly what happened on Monday night.  Miggy Gonzo continued his bulldog style by going 6.1 innings and striking out four.  It wasn’t perfect, Gonzo allowed six hits and walked three, and three of those Boston hits loaded the bases in the seventh.  But the O’s bullpen picked up the hard working starter, as Tommy Hunter came into the nut tingling situation throwing gas.  Hunter struck out two Sox batters to end the inning, even coming from behind at 3-0 to whiff one of them.  It was clutch pitching from Hunter and entertaining as hell to watch.

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It also preserved the shutout.  The combo of Matusz, O’Day and Webb would finish off Boston to end the game and keep the goose eggs posted. And though Matusz only pitched to one batter and allowed a hit, and although there was some trouble in the eighth, it was still a beautiful thing.

Meanwhile, on the offensive side of things, the O’s got the runs going in the second when Steve Pearce plated Nelson Cruz with a single.  It took until the sixth to score again, and the Birds did it on a Ryan Flaherty grounder with the bases juiced.  Cruz scored from third on the grounder, and then Chris Davis scored on a throwing error by Sox short stop Xander Bogaerts on the double play attempt.

Later, Adam Jones would sac fly home a run in the seventh on a fly ball that Yoenis Cespedes dropped.  Think he’s happy to be in Boston?  That made it 4-0.  Winner, winner, crabcake dinner.

The Orioles now have a ten game lead in the A.L. East.  The last time that was true was 1979.

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Other Game Notes

Nelson Cruz stayed white hot and went 2-4.

Steve Pearce went 2-4 as well.

Alejandro De Aza manufactured a run in the seventh with a steal and a taking of third on the subsequent throwing error.  AJ sac flyed him home.

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JJ Hardy is having an MRI on his problematic back here in Baltimore on Tuesday.  Stay tuned.  The Birds can ill afford another damn injury.

Cespedes went 1-3. Think he’s happy to be in Boston?

The Magic Number Is 11.

Next Up For The O’s

Another pro baseball game at Fenway.

Tillman (11-5) vs Ranaudo (3-1)

Let’s Go O’s!




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