Nelson Cruz Is Good At Baseball. O’s Out-Slug Jays 10-8.

Featured, Sports and Bets — April 23, 2014 at 11:10 pm by

The Run Down:

Nelson Cruz was destroying baseballs on Wednesday night up in Toronto.  Cruz had a solo shot in the third to cut the Jays lead in half and then he followed it up with a grand slam in the fifth to give the Orioles the lead.  These are clutch bombs that Cruz is dropping and his two homers and five RBIs tonight give him six home runs and 21 RBIs on the young season.  Both lead the club.

Dude is nuclear right now….

Meanwhile Chris Tillman deserved the win about as much as Tommy Williams deserved to get shot for trying to help Andy in the Shawshank Redemption.

Tillman let up seven earned runs, including a horrific six-run third inning.  But Buck stuck with him because Buck’s bullpen’s arms are already about to fall off.  To Tillman’s credit, he pitched well the rest of the way and he kept the Birds ahead.  Of course he couldn’t get out of the sixth, and that continues to tax Buck’s Bullpen, but that is par for the course with this club so far.  At some point it needs to stop and these starters need to get deeper in games.  I know I’m beating a dead horse here, but it is a huge problem going forward for the O’s.  Tillman’s ERA ballooned to 3.38 after tonight’s win.

(No animals were harmed in the writing of this blog.  It’s a cartoon.)

beating dead horse gif South Park Imgur

 

Other Game Notes:

Chris Davis had a nice night, going 2-5 with a home run.  Hopefully he’s heating up.

Matt Wieters was back in the lineup and delivered with a 3-5 night including a home run.  Wieters is batting a torrid .344.

It was nice to see JJ hardy at short again.  He contributed to the offensive cause with a sac fly.

Markakis and Schoop each had two hits.

The bullpen allowed one earned run.  Solid.

Tommy Hunter loaded the bases in the ninth.  He has allowed a base runner in every appearance he has made since April 6th.

The Birds turned a double play to end the game.  Is that a “walk off” double play?  I think it is.

Next Up For The Birds:

at Toronto 7:07 p.m.

Norris (0-2) vs Hutchison (1-1)

Let’s Go O’s!

 

 

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