Orioles Ninth Inning Rally Falls Short This Time

Featured, Sports and Bets — June 25, 2014 at 5:32 am by

There was a lot of debate among fans when Miguel Gonzalez returned from the DL as to who should stay in the rotation. I was a fan of moving Gonzo to the Pen. His start Tuesday didn’t help change my opinion.  Mike Gonzalez went just five innings and gave up nine hits last night, as well as three walks. It was not an impressive outing. It’s probably wasn’t enough that now Buck would remove him from the rotation, but twelve base runners over five innings isn’t good, it isn’t good at all. In the other dugout, the White Sox got a great start out of Jose Quintana, who went seven innings while only allowing one run. Now that’s the kind of start that wins ball games and doesn’t wear down a bull pen.

Despite the rocky start from Gonzalez, this one again came down to the ninth inning.  With the White Sox leading 4-1 entering the ninth, Showalter went to his closer, who came in and looked damn good for a 1-2-3 inning. Britton blew a save Friday night in New York, but he’s been great this year. Tuesday night in a non-save situation he was just as dominant as he’s been all year.

As Chris Davis stepped to the plate Tuesday night in the bottom of the ninth it started to look like there might be some Orioles Magic brewing again. Sorry, but after Monday nights walk off I am now thinking we can pull off those types of wins every night. Davis reached base on an infield single.  Hardy then hit into a fielder’s choice and the Sox took out the lead runner. Manny Machado picked up his second hit of the night with a single that moved Hardy to second base. Buck turned to his bench looking for a clutch hit, as he pinch hit Delmon Young for Jonathan Schoop.  Young singled, which scored Hardy and moved Manny to second.

RALLY CAP TIME!!

…….but that’s when Buck brought in Ryan Flaherty to bat for the all of a sudden hot Caleb Joseph. Everyone knows I can’t stand Flaherty, so  as soon as I saw this coming my stomach dropped.  Unlike Chris Davis the night before, Flaherty wouldn’t become the off-the-bench hero. Flaherty hit into a tailor-made double play and the Birds rally ended short.

Back at it tomorrow night, 7:05 at Camden Yards for the rubber game of the series. Ubaldo Jimenez will be on the bump for the Birds and there’s no doubt the O’s need to win this one and take the series.

Editor’s Note: Professional Hitter, Steve Pearce, went 2-3 last night, with his seventh home run.  He is now batting .344.

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