Orioles’ Home Run Onslaught A Tad Too Much For The Red Birds

Sports and Bets — August 9, 2014 at 3:32 am by

Friday night’s anticipated showdown between the hometown birds and the perennial title contender St. Louis Cardinals turned into a one-sided home run onslaught that made for a comforting and exhilarating night at the Yard as the Orioles picked up win number 66 on the season, in a 12-2 victory. Dressed in their throwback uni’s, the Birds were lead by staff ace Chris Tillman on the bump, who quietly pitched a very solid game to pick up the win. Tilly went for 6.2 innings, allowing 2 earned runs on only 4 hits, while picking up 7 K’s and walking only one. He successfully lowered his season earned run average to 3.73 runs per game, a number which has been declining since June. Tillman is really starting to get back to consistently pitching to his capability, and has been returning to his old self that we’ve grown to know and love here in Baltimore.

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Baltimore Orioles

Tilly was great, but no doubt the real story on Friday night was the surge of offensive power. Five different Orioles hit bombs off of Cardinal’s pitching, including J.J. Hardy hitting two. Other homers were hit by Machado, Davis, Jones, and Flaherty. In a game in which the Orioles left the bases loaded in multiple innings, the Cardinals were lucky to only allow 12 runs.

This victory puts the division leading Orioles 17 games over the .500 mark, at 66-49. The Blue Jays lost again, dropping them into third place with the Yankees win. The O’s lead the Yanks by 5 games, and the Jays by 6. And just to make fun of the Red Sox, I’d like to note that we lead them by 15 games in the standings.

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Other Game Notes:

Every Oriole in the starting lineup recorded a hit.

The O’s scored their most runs in a game since the All-Star break.

The O’s were celebrating their 60th anniversary in Baltimore, and dressed in the 50’s uniforms (which if I might add looked pretty slick).

 

Up Next For The Birds:

Saturday at 4 pm, the Cardinals return to the Yard.

Lackey (1-0) vs. Jimenez (3-8)

Let’s piss Lackey off a little more this season and beat him again, this time with a different team. Go O’s!

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