O’s Get Back In Win Column, Beat Indians 4-1

Sports and Bets — August 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm by

The Run Down 

The Birds beat the Indians, 4-1, to avoid a dreaded three-game sweep. Kevin Gausman earned the win after pitching six strong innings. He allowed only one run on two hits and four walks while striking out two. The four walks were frustrating, but Gausman was able to bear down and get out of a couple tough jams. The Indians scored their only run in the 4th inning on an RBI single from Jason Kipnis.

The O’s took the lead in the 6th inning on an RBI single from J.J Hardy and an RBI double from Chris Davis. Both hits were to the opposite field with two outs and two strikes. These two beautiful examples of situational hitting gave the O’s their first lead of the series.

Danny Salazar pitched better than his final stat line showed. He gave up two runs on four hits and a walk, with four strikeouts over five innings. Both of the runs charged to Salazar scored on hits given up by Scott Atchison.

In the 7th inning, Professional Hitter Steve Pearce provided an insurance run with a solo shot to left off Chen-Chang Lee. Talk about a generic ass name for an Asian man. Pearce also doubled and scored a run in the 6th. The Birds tacked on another run in the 8th on a solo homer to center from Jonathan Schoop off Kyle Crockett. Schoop’s .219 batting average and .256 on-base percentage is irrating, but man, that kid has some pop.

Other Game Notes

It was nice to see the slumping Pearce have a big game. Coming into today, Pearce had only five hits in his previous 44 at-bats.

It was also nice to see Davis contribute. He went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI.

Hardy went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and he’s now hitting .285 with six home runs. His bizarre offensive season continues.

Schoop has now homered in three of his last five games.

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Delmon Young made a nice catch in the 4th inning to save a run.

Indians Manger Terry Francona used six relief pitchers to pitch the last four innings of a game that he lost 4-1. What a fucking waste of everyone’s time.

Andrew Miller, Darren O’ Day, and Zach Britton combined to do this: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, and 4 Ks. The back end of the Birds bullpen is as good or better than anyone else’s in baseball.

Nick Markakis went 1-for-4 with a double, and extended his hitting streak to nine games. It was his 149th hit of the season, and it looks like Nick’s going to have a real shot at reaching 200 hits for the first time in his career.

Up Next For The O’s

Monday, August 18, at Chicago White Sox at 8:10 PM on MASN 2

Bud Norris RHP (10-7) vs. Chris Sale LHP (10-2)

Let’s go O’s!

One Comment

  1. Thanks Toby!
    That lazy c bass is problem sleeping or drinking while you write!

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