Nick Markakis Is Damn Good At Baseball, O’s Dump White Sox, 8-2

Featured, Sports and Bets — August 19, 2014 at 12:36 am by

The Run Down

A lot of good things happened for the Birds tonight and a lot of Baltimore players put in tremendous performances, but if you had to pick someone from the lineup to highlight in Chicago this evening, it would have to be Nick Markakis.  Ol’ Nikki Mac has been playing his ass off this month and on Monday night he showcased all of his talents within a nine inning point of reference.  Coming into tonight’s game, left-handed hitters had batted .122 versus Chicago starter Chris Sale.  No matter to Nick, he roped two singles off of the White Sox ace.  Markakis also displayed power at the plate, blasting a two-run home run in the five-run Orioles’ eighth.  But perhaps the biggest play of the night was a result of Nick’s defense, as he robbed Connor Gillaspie of a home run in the seventh inning.  O’s starter Bud Norris had cruised up until the seventh, but he gave up two runs in that seventh frame, and was hanging on to a tenuous 3-2 lead with one on and two out.  That’s when Gillaspie hit his shot to right. But Nick Markakis  had other plans, and he leaped at the wall and turned Gillaspie into the inning’s third out.  Sit down Gillaspie, number 21 says no dice, babes.

Speaking of Norris, the kid was light’s out.  Bud notched his 11th win of the year, a career high, and he outgunned one of the best pitchers in the game, in Sales.  Until that aforementioned seventh, Bud had only allowed one hit all night.  He mystified the Sox hitters for six innings by mixing pitches nicely and with a fastball that had tremendous movement.  His final line: 7 IP, 3 Hits, 2 earned runs, and 5 K’s.  His ERA is now a very nice, 3.69.  Norris is kind of an unsung member of this rotation, but he’s had several dominant performances this season, and this start was a good as any this year, by any O’s starter.  This Bud’s for you, O’s fans.

Other Game Notes

The Birds exploded for five runs in the eighth inning.  That frame turned a tight pitcher’s duel into a laugher, complete with Sox fans booing their own team.  You know Markakis had the two-run bomb that inning.  The other three runs of the frame scored prior to Nick’s homer were courtesy of Jonathan Schoop and his bases loaded, two-out double.  Schoop has a double, a home run and 4 RBIs in his last two games.

JJ Hardy got the offense started with a solo home run of his own.

Professional Hitter Steve Pearce is back in business, babes.  Pearce went 3-5 with two doubles and an RBI.  The slump is over.

Nelson Cruz went yard for his 32nd dong of the season.  He leads the league in that category.

Chris Sale has allowed just nine home runs all season long.  The Orioles have hit three of them.

Every Orioles starter reached base.  (Davis was HBP and Joseph walked twice.)

Next Up For The O’s:

Tuesday night 7:10, same place.

Tillman (9-5) vs  Quintana (6-9)

Let’s Go O’s!


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