O’s Lose Rubber Match Against Jays, 10-7

Featured, Sports and Bets — April 12, 2015 at 6:06 pm by

The Run Down

The Birds fought hard today, but ended up on the wrong side of a 10-7 slugfest. Both starting pitchers really struggled, with neither Chris Tillman or Drew Hutchison completing five innings. The Jays jumped on Tillman early, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run homer from Dalton Pompey that just barely cleared the right field scoreboard. It was originally ruled a double on the field, but was correctly changed after an umpire review. The Birds would answer right back in the bottom half of the inning with a two-run bomb from Adam Jones to center. This score would also be short-lived as Kevin Pillar lead off the top of the second with a solo homer to left. In the top of the third, Toronto was threatening yet again with Devon Travis at the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. Travis hit a line drive to right field that Travis Snider misplayed, clearing the bases and giving Toronto a 6-2 lead. Tillman was hooked after Snider’s costly error, and Kevin Gausman surrendered an RBI single to Jose Reyes to make it a 7-2 ball game before the O’s could finally record the third out of the inning. The Birds got two runs back in the bottom of the third on RBI singles from Chris Davis and Adam Jones, but the Jays would answer with a sac fly from Dioner Navarro in the top of the fourth. Snider came to the plate with two on and one out in the bottom of the fifth, and I’ll let Harry Dunne take it from here.

Snider’s three-run homer knocked Hutchsion out of the game, and cut the Jays lead to one run. The score would remain 8-7 until the top of the eighth when Jose Bautista hit a two-out two-run homer off Darren O’Day. Talk about a fucking dagger. Every time it seemed like the O’s would take the lead, the Jays’ offense would come up with an answer. The Orioles’ pitching could never figure out a way to stop the bleeding. The Birds did manage to bring the tying run to the plate twice off Miguel Castro, but both Steve Pearce and Davis flew out to left. Pillar’s catch of Pearce’s fly ball was about as strange and impressive as it gets.

Other Game Notes

Jones was en fuego this seies, going 7-10 with 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, and 5 runs scored.

The Orioles gave up a total of 23 runs to Toronto in the series. That ain’t gonna cut it, babes.

Tillman’s final line: L, 2.2 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K

Hutchison’s final line: ND, 4.1 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Castro recorded his second save of the season, and Aaron Loup recorded his fist win after pitching 1.2 scoreless innings.

Hindsight is 20/20, but with those lifetime numbers you have to wonder if taking out Brad Brach to have O’Day face Bautista wasn’t a rare tactical miscue from Buck Showalter. Bautista was only 1-for-4 in his career off Brach.

Up Next For The O’s

The Yankees come to town for a three-game series.

Monday at 7:05 p.m. on MASN 2 & ESPN

LHP Wei-Yin Chen (0-0) vs. RHP Michael Pineda (0-0)

Let’s go O’s!

cover pic: Camden Chat

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