Now That Was One Hell Of Ninth! O’s Beat Rays 2-1.

Sports and Bets — May 30, 2015 at 8:08 am by

The Run Down

What a ballgame at the Yard Friday night. What a damn ballgame.  If you’re a real baseball guy or gal, a purist, if you will, than it doesn’t get any better than last night’s 2-1 O’s win.  Miguel Gonzalez pitched an eight inning gem last night for the home squad, going eight full and allowing just one run on three hits.  He really made just one mistake- the home run ball to Stephen Souza in the second.  On offense, the O’s could manage just one run in eight inning as well.  Starter Nathan Karns pitched six scoreless for the bad guys, but red-hot Chris Davis was able to go yard on Ray reliever Kevin Jepsen in the seventh to tie the game at one apiece.  It’s a goddamn shame, and it seems unjust, that the O’s couldn’t get the W for Gonzo within his remarkable eight innings of work; but with the way things shook out in the ninth, the injustice of the W was well worth the final frame drama of the Baltimore win.

In that top portion of the ninth, the usually reliable Darren O’Day loaded the bases without recording an out on two singles and a hit batsman.  But Buck and O’Day didn’t waver.  I was yelling for a yank off the mound, but Buck kept his reliever on the bump and O’Day would respond swimmingly by striking out the next two batters.  He then got Jake Elmore to ground out down the line to third, and Manny patiently waited for the ball to go over  the bag before scooping it up and stepping on the base for the final out.

Now it was the home team’s turn.  Travis Snider would leadoff the inning by tomahawking an infield single towards the middle of the diamond.  Paredes would then strike out and Adam Jones would rip a shot to center that initially looked important, but ended being an at-em ball to center-fielder Kevin Kiermaier.  Then with two outs, Chris Davis would stroke a long single to left- that would get pinch-runner Everth Cabrera to third.  Then it was up to slumping short-stop JJ Hardy, who after a pitching change, responded by ripping a game winner to left field.  Cabrera trotted home and Hardy was mobbed by teammates.  With nobody out and the bases juiced, the Rays couldn’t get the job done.  With two outs, the Birds would deliver two huge hits to walk-off a win. Ain’t the beer cold, babes!!!!

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Other Game Notes

Travis Snider had two hits.  I like this guy at the two spot in the line up.  He has plate patience and I hope Buck keeps giving him playing time.

Chris Davis is on an absolute tear. Eight RBIs in his past five games and the guy is seeing everything.  When Davis is on like this his left-handed swing is a sweet one- head down and his hands are moving fast through the zone.  He’s carrying this team right now.

Definite playoff atmosphere at the Yard Friday night, with a big crowd and high drama.  Great stuff from the players and the fans, babes.

This kinda win calls for a summer celebration…..

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Next Up For The O’s

Today at the Yard. 4:05 start:

Ramirez (2-2) vs Chen (1-3)

Let’s Go O’s!

stats: espn

cover: fox

 

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