J.J Hardy: Clutch. Birds Take 3 of 4 From Rays, Now Up 7 On Yanks.

Featured, Sports and Bets — August 29, 2014 at 6:52 am by

The Run Down

J.J. Hardy was batting .338 with runners in scoring position coming into last night’s game.  After plating Nelson Cruz in the bottom of seventh with a gently placed single to right to give the O’s a 5-4 lead, that batting average number will increase.  The O’s win total increased too last night thanks to the that single; it proved to be the game winning hit.  J.J gets overlooked sometimes, but he’s a damn important piece of this club and its winning ways.  J.J. plays a spectacular short stop, he hits for power (though his home run totals are down from prior seasons), and you can find him on the left side of your driver’s side floor board in your car (if you drive a stick.); he’s clutch.  His big hit last night came with two outs and it capped off an O’s comeback that, in a way, felt like a walk off. Maybe that’s because of our slam the door bullpen, or maybe I was just excited as hell. The hit cinched the Birds taking 3 of 4 from the always tough Rays and increased their first place cushion to seven games over the asshole Yankees.

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The game was a fun one to watch.  The Rays scored two in the first and in the fifth, but the O’s would match them run for run in the bottom of each of those frames.  Chris Davis tied the game at four in the bottom of the fifth in less than spectacular fashion.  With the bases loaded and one down he grounded weakly to first.  It looked like a sure double play, but on the relay back to first, Rays’ short stop Yunel Escobar air-mailed the throw into the stands.  Two runs would score and Davis would earn himself an RBI on a sure DP ball.  I’ll bet Joe Maddon enjoyed that one…

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Bud Norris would manage to get through six innings, scattering six hits and allowing the four Tampa runs.   It’s at least good that he was able to battle through six even though he didn’t have his best stuff.  Eating innings on nights like that is part of being a good starter.

Oh, and Adam Jones stole home. It was a double steal rundown ruse, but it worked.  Cruz was on first and “attempted” to steal second and got himself in a rundown.  While that rundown was going on, Adam took home from third.  It was beautiful.

Other Game Notes

Jones, Cruz, Hardy, and Caleb Jospeh all had two hits last night.

Professional Hitter Steve Pearce went yard in the first inning, his 16th.

Andrew Miller got the win in relief, going 1.2 innings.  The O’s bullpen (Brach, Miller, Britton) allowed just one hit over three innings.

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Next Up For The O’s

The Twins come to town, babes. 7:05 first pitch.

May (0-3) vs Gonzo (6-7)

Let’s Go O’s!

 

 

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