O’s Complete Sweep With 2-1 Win, Advance To ALCS!

Sports and Bets — October 5, 2014 at 7:57 pm by

The Run Down

Ain’t the beer cold! The Birds beat the Tigers 2-1 to complete the three-game sweep, and advance to the ALCS for the first time since 1997. Fuck yeah, babes! Three Cy Young winners for Detroit, three wins for the Birds. This team is something special.

Bud Norris was sensational, earning the win after pitching 6.1 scoreless innings. He gave up only two hits and two walks while striking about six. Talk about rising to the occasion in your first career postseason start. The game was tied 0-0 until Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer down the right field line off David Price in the top of the 6th inning.

Andrew Miller was filthy out of the pen, throwing 1.2 perfect innings. But Detroit would not go without a fight. Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez hit back-to-back doubles off Zach Britton to cut the lead to 2-1 with no outs. Britton struck out Bryan Holaday, then Buck made a ballsy move. He elected to intentionally walk Nick Castellanos, setting up the game-ending double play, but also putting the winning run on base. Pinch-hitter Hernan Perez hit into a 5-4-3 double play to end the game and the series. That Buck is one shrewd motherfucker.

Other Game Notes 

Jonathan Schoop made a nice, charging play on a bunt in the bottom of the 2nd inning to prevent the Tigers from getting on the board.

Schoop dropped the hammer on Don Kelly in the bottom of the 3rd to record a putout at 2nd base. Schoop looked like a middle linebacker filling the hole on that one.

Price was a hard luck loser today. He surrendered only two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six.

Cruz’s homer was his 2nd of the postseason and the 16th postseason home run of his career, which tied him with Carlos Beltran for ninth all-time. The homer broke Cruz’s tie at 10th place with Babe Ruth. That’s some elite company to say the least.

Up Next For The O’s

The Birds will play the winner of the Angels/Royals series. If the Royals win, the O’s will have home-field advantage for the ALCS. If the Angels win, the Angels will have home-field advantage. No matter who wins, the best-of-seven series will begin on Friday, October 10.

Let’s go O’s!

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