Jimmy Paredes Powers O’s Past Mariners. Birds Win 9-4.

Sports and Bets — May 19, 2015 at 10:55 pm by

The Run Down

For a while, tonight’s contest looked grim for the Baltimore Orioles.  Nelson Cruz, the man DD didn’t resign and the man who is leading Major League Baseball in seemingly every offensive statistical category, had just deposited a Miguel Gonzalez pitch over the left field wall with two men on to give Seattle a 4-1 lead.  Sure, it was only the third inning, but maybe that’s why it felt so gross; it looked like the O’s were on the verge of being blown out, with the Bird that got away priming up to lead the onslaught.


But Gonzalez and Jimmy Paredes simply wouldn’t let that happen. Gonzo recovered nicely from Cruz’s bomb, finishing with four earned runs allowed by way of five hits and two walks over seven full innings.  Gonzalez struck out eight and the win ran his record to 5-2 on the year.  Odd as this sounds, Miguel Gonzalez has morphed into the ace of this staff.  He’s going longer in games, he’s striking people out, and he’s finding ways to win even when he doesn’t have his best stuff.  He’s been real pleasant on an overall not so pleasant rotation.

What’s also mildly odd is the dominant emergence of Jimmy Paredes.  He never did much anywhere else, but since coming to Baltimore the guy’s been at absolute stud at the dish. Paredes is batting .346 with 6 home runs and 22 RBIs this season, including tonight.  This evening, Paredes paced the Birds by going 2-5 with a home run and four RBIs. Four RBIs. And he’s clutch too. His first two batted in came in the fourth with two outs and O’s down two. Manny Machado had just hit into a bases loaded double play, and the inning felt dead.  But Paredes, in a slick piece of hitting, poked a single through the left side of the infield with those two outs.  It was textbook bat swinging-Paredes went with the pitch he was given- and the moment changed the whole complexion of the ball game. Jimmy would then show off his power with a two-run dong in the sixth to key a three run rally.   That gave the Birds a lead that they would never relinquish.

Game one of this series goes to the good guys.

Other Game Notes  

Steve Pearce went 2-4 with an RBI, which is encouraging.

Manny Machado stole two bases tonight.  Seems bizarre for whatever reason.

Alejandro De Aza went 3 for 3 with a walk.


Caleb Joseph went t 2-4 with a double and two RBIs.

The only starter without a hit was Chris Davis, who is now batting .220.

Travis Snyder went 1-3 with a walk.

Brian Matusz and Darren O’Day combined for two innings of scoreless relief.

.500 Watch: The Birds are now two games under .500.

Next Up For The O’s

Wednesday, 7:05 at the Yard:

Elias ( 0-1) vs Chen (1-2)

Let’s Go O’s!


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