Manny Stays Hot, But O’s Lose

Sports and Bets — July 9, 2014 at 11:50 pm by

The Run Down

The O’s kicked off their five-game home stand with a 6-2 loss to the Nationals. Bud Norris took the loss after giving up five runs on six hits and a walk, with two strikeouts over four innings. Norris didn’t look sharp from the get-go, giving up two runs in the first inning, and surrendering a solo home run to Wilson Ramos in the second. I hate to question Buck Showalter, but it sure looked like Norris could have used a rehab start before rejoining the club.

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Brad Brach’s scoreless innings streak ended at 14 after giving up a solo home run to Jayson Werth in the seventh inning. Brian Matusz finished the game for the Birds with 2 1/3 clean innings of relief.

In the other dugout, Doug Fister earned the win after seven strong innings. He allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three. The Birds did have some chances against Fister, but were unable to come up with the big hit. As a team, they went 2-for-7 with RISP. Even though their offensive numbers look pretty bad in the box score, I didn’t think that the O’s swung the bats too badly tonight. They hit a few balls on the screws that were right at National defenders who were able to make some tough plays. Third baseman Anthony Rendon was especially impressive tonight, making several outstanding plays. Drew Storen and Ross Detwiler closed the door on the O’s, with both of them pitching a clean inning of relief.

Game Notes

On the positive side, Manny Machado stayed red hot, going 3-for-4 with a solo home run. In his four games since returning from suspension, Machado is 12-for-21 with two home runs, three RBIs, and four runs scored.

Chris Davis continued to show some signs of turning things around, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. It’d be really nice to see Davis finish the first half strong, and take some confidence into the All-Star break.

Caleb Joseph went 1-for-3 with two double plays, but he could have easily gone 3-for-3 because both of those balls were smoked. Joseph was just a victim of bad luck and terrific defense. Joseph did get a small modicum of revenge by making a nice defensive play of his own.

Next Up For The O’s

The Birds will look to salvage a split in the two-game series.

Gio Gonzalez (6-4) vs. Wei-Yin Chen (8-3)

7:05 PM on MASN

Let’s go O’s!

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