O’s Beat Jays 1-0. Now The Real Season Begins.

Sports and Bets — September 28, 2014 at 6:57 pm by

The Run Down

The Birds beat the Blue Jays 1-0 to avoid getting swept. The O’s ended the regular season with a 96-66 record, which is their best record since 1997. Speaking of 1997, with Miguel Gonzalez picking up his 10th win today, the Birds had four starting pitchers record at least 10 wins for the first time since that wire-to-wire season. Gonzo gave up no runs on five hits while striking out two over five innings. He was very sharp, only needing 62 pitches to complete five innings. He could have pitched much deeper into the ball game, but Buck wanted to get his bullpen arms some work. Ubaldo Jimenez, Andrew Miller, Tommy Hunter, Darren O’ Day, and Zach Britton combined to give up no runs on one hit while striking out six over four innings. Britton closed the door on the Jays, and recorded his 37th save.

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The Birds could only muster five hits on the day, but one of them was a big fly off the bat of Jonathan Schoop. In the top of the 5th, Schoop hit a solo homer to left, and that would be all the offense that the O’s needed. It was great to see Schoop put a charge into one, because the 2nd baseman has really been struggling as of late. Coming into today’s game, Schoop was 10-for-68 in the month of September.

Other Game Notes

R.A. Dickey was a hard luck loser for the Jays. He surrendered only one run on two hits and three walks while striking out two over six innings.

Ryan Flaherty made his 10th error of the season. Flaherty is still the Birds’ best bet to man the hot corner, but to say that I’m worried about the defense at 3rd base this postseason is the understatement of the century. Tighten it up, Flats!

Adam Jones ended the season stuck on 29 homers, but he did get to goof around with some pigeons in the outfield. Win some, lose some, babes.

Nick Markakis made a nice, run-saving grab. If he doesn’t bring home another Gold Glove this season, I’ll eat my hat.

Up Next For The O’s

The AL Central champion Detroit Tigers are coming to town Thursday for Game 1 of the ALDS. The MLB hasn’t yet announced what time Thursday’s game will take place, and the Tigers haven’t named their Game 1 starter yet. I do know that the Birds are sending Chris Tillman to the mound, and that the Yard will be fucking rocking.

Let’s go O’s!

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