Kelly Johnson, Orioles Magic In The Ninth Makes The Magic Number 3. Yanks, Go Home, This Is Our Season

Featured, Sports and Bets — September 15, 2014 at 12:24 am by

The Run Down

It looked grim Sunday night going into the bottom of the ninth at the Yard.  The Birds had been in a pitching dogfight all night with the hated Yankees and in the top of the frame, Brian McCann had lifted a Darren O’Day pitch just barely onto the flag court for a home run.  The Birds trailed 2-1.  But no worries, this is our division and our season, thank you very fucking much.  Clutch time.  Nelson Cruz would lead off with a double off of Yankee closer, David Robertson.  The next batter, Professional Hitter Steve Pearce, would double home Cruz to tie the game at two.  JJ Hardy would fly out, and that would bring up the recently acquired Kelly Johnson.  You know how DD brings in guys and they contribute in a big way, even if they are journeyman, and even if they are batting .209?  Well that’s what .209 batting Kelly Johnson did, he contributed in a big way with a walk-off drive to the gap in right center.  Ball game.  Three outta four. Magic Number now three.

Something magic happens…..


Chris Tillman put in good work tonight.  Man, I was cussing him early after he let up a solo dinger to Martin Prado in the second inning, but he worked his way out of trouble later in the frame to keep the damage at uno.  He would cruise until the seventh and he would leave the game with Chris Young on third. (Tillman had walked him.)  Tilly finished the night going 6.2 innings and giving up only the one earned run off of five hits.  He struck out six and his only walk was to Young, the man on third when Tillman was pulled.  But Young wouldn’t score…..

Andrew Miller saw to that.  Miller entered in a clutch situation with the game tied and two down and Young staring at him from third.  No problem.  This dude Miller throw filth, absolute filth.  He stared down pinch hitter Carlos Beltran and then struck him out like Beltran was in the fourth grade.  Carlos had no fucking shot.  Zero.  Miller then followed that up by pitching a perfect eighth, striking out two more Yanks along the way.

We already know what O’Day did, but all good.  McCann’s home run was just a set up to a dramatic finish.  Something magic happens…..

Other Game Notes

The Orioles hit five doubles, three of them were in the ninth.

Adam Jones drove in the Orioles first run in the sixth inning.  He doubled home Alejandro De Aza from first.

Adam Jones also smashed and destroyed a camera with a foul ball.

Professional Hitter Steve Pearce and JJ Hardy each logged two hits.

In case you were wondering, Derek Jeter went 0-4 with a K.  He got sent out the way he deserves to get sent out; with a walk-off loss.  I won’t miss him one bit.

The amount of Yankee fans allowed into our house with their bye-bye Jeter signs and their obnoxious faces was absurd.  And it’s our fault.  Plus, no sell out, Birds’ fans?  On a Sunday night?  On national TV?  We’re better than all that, babes.  I’m just glad their Yank-asses are on their way back up I-95 with three weekend losses stuck in their cornholes.

On the other hand, Curt Schilling said this….“To me this is the American League version of the St. Louis Cardinals. Orioles fans love their team.” Which is true and very astute of him to say.

And since three is the magic number, it’s time for some De La Soul.  Old school…..


Next Up For The O’s

Monday night, 7:05.  The Blue Jays come in for a three game set.

Stroman ( 10-5) vs Chen (15-4)

Let’s Go O’s!




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