O’s Answer Jays With A Jimenez Right Hook.

Sports and Bets — April 11, 2015 at 10:57 pm by

The Run Down

Ubaldo Jimenez was absolutely dealing Saturday night.  Jimenez had an awful 2014 season, his first with the Birds, and his critics and detractors (us included) were openly questioning his spot in this Oriole rotation.  Ubaldo, at least temporarily, silenced those haters with an incredible 2015 debut: 7 Innings Pitched, 0 Earned Runs, 8 K’s, 1 hit, and perhaps most importantly, 1 walk.  He possessed great control tonight and the fact that he went seven full innings was big for the pen after yesterday’s debacle.  Jimenez’s fastball had a ton of late movement and his change-up confused the hell out of the Toronto lineup.  Ubaldo wasn’t blowing away hitters with a 97 MPH fastball, but he was changing speeds, pitching backwards, working fast, and throwing a ton of strikes.  It was pitching artistry against a real good lineup, and it was real fun to watch.

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And to Jimenez’s credit he has taken the criticism like a man, he has owned up to his shitty 2014, and he has worked his ass off to get better.  It’s obvious that he’s cleaned up his delivery and worked on getting his confidence back.  So far, so good babes, and I’m excited to see him work again. (I was also happy to see him get a well deserved standing O at the end of the seventh.)

Meanwhile, there was big power surge down at the Yard that ensured Jimenez’s effort would be a meaningful one.  Alejandro De Aza, who continues to impress in the leadoff spot, hammered one out in the first, as did Chris Davis.  The Davis shot was his first dong of the young season and it would give the Birds a 2-0 lead right out of the gate.

Then, in the fifth, Jonathan Schoop would deliver the game’s biggest moment.  The Jays were already on their third pitcher of the evening (Todd Redmond), and the bases were juiced for Schoop with nobody out.  On the third pitch of the at-bat, Jonathan would crush a Redmond slider and deposit it deep into the left field bleachers.  Grand Salami, babes.  It was Schoop’s second bomb of the series, and the season, and it solidifies his position as the everyday second baseman.  I’ll say this now.  One day, Jonathan Schoop will be considered the best second baseman in baseball.  You heard it here first.

 

Schoop’s slammer made it 7-0 and the Birds were now in cruise control with Ubaldo at the wheel.  Zach Britton allowed a run in the ninth to break up the shutout, but that was the only blemish on an otherwise perfect evening at the Yard.

Other Game Notes

Everth Cabrera had two hits and impressed in the field at short. Travis Snider logged two walks tonight.  His patient approach is much needed in this lineup of free swingers. Manny Machado is still oh-fer-2015, but his glove work is absurd.

 

 

Next Up For The Birds

Sunday at the Yard 1:35 PM

Hutchison (1-0) vs Tillman (1-0)

Let’s Go O’s!

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