O’s Eliminate Yanks From Playoff Contention With 9-5 Win

Sports and Bets — September 24, 2014 at 5:54 pm by

The Run Down 

The Orioles’ 9-5 win officially put a fork in the Yankees’ playoff hopes. Ain’t the beer cold. Bud Norris was able to pick up his 15th win, despite struggling early on. Norris gave up a run in each of the first three innings, including solo homers to Stephen Drew and Chase Headley. Norris would settle in, holding the Yankees to those three runs over six innings while striking out nine.

The Birds were down 3-0 heading into the top of the 4th inning when their offense came to life in a big way. The O’s sent 11 batters to the plate, ran Yankees starter Shane Greene from the game, and put a six spot on the board. Ryan Flaherty and Nick Markakis both knocked in two runs, while David Lough and Adam Jones each had an RBI in the inning. Nelson Cruz also had two singles during the six-run rally. The Birds would tack on three more runs in the 8th with RBIs from Lough, Jones, and Cruz to increase their lead to 9-3. Mark Teixeira would hit a two-run homer off Brad Brach in the bottom of the 8th to cut the Birds’ lead to 9-5, but that would be as close as the Yanks would get. Darren O’ Day came on to pitch 1.1 scoreless innings to finish off the Yankees, and record his 4th save of the season.

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays

Other Game Notes 

It was great to see Professional Hitter Steve Pearce enter the game as a late-inning replacement. It looks like his nagging wrist injury is behind him.

Cruz went 4-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI. He’s now batting .383 in September. Stay hot, Nelly!

Greene’s final line was: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.

Brach gave up two runs while only recording one out, raising his ERA to 6.52 in September. Brach has been a huge weapon out of the pen for the Birds this season, so I hope that he’s just had a few rough outings, and he’s not running on fumes at the end of a long season.

Lough continues to rake whenever Buck gives him the starting nod. He went 1-for-3 with a triple, a run scored, and two RBIs. Lough is hitting .340 since the All-Star break and .333 in September.

Up Next For The O’s

A chance to play spoiler in Derek Jeter’s last home game, and an opportunity to gain ground on the idle Angels.

Thursday at 7:05 PM on MASN and MLBN

Kevin Gausman (7-7) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (11-9)

Let’s go O’s!

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