O’s Make It Three Straight. Jones, Flaherty, Go Yard In B-Town Comeback. (An Evil Tilly Start.)

Featured, Sports and Bets — July 3, 2014 at 6:06 am by

The Run Down

We got evil Chris Tillman last night at the Yard.  You know Evil Tilly, he’s the pitcher who falls behind batters, gets knocked around, walks dudes like he’s a seeing eye dog, and then fails to get out of the sixth inning.  (This is the opposite persona of Good Tilly, who goes deep into games and pitches shutout, or near shutout, baseball.) Fortunately for us and the Orioles, the Evil Tilly battled and didn’t let the game get out of hand.  Also fortunate for us, the Orioles, and Evil Tilly, was the tremendous appearance of Brad Brach, who bailed Evil Tilly out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth and then proceeded to pitch a masterful seventh. In that seventh, Brach struck out two and then picked off  Leonys Martin after that particular Ranger reached on a lame-ass bunt single.  Brach would get the win and it’s one of the few times you’ll hear me say that a guy who pitched 1.1 innings deserved to do so.

Then in the eighth, the rains came pouring down and caused a long rain delay.  Props to the eleven fans who stayed to watch Britton sew it up.

Meanwhile in the offense department, Adam Jones, the best player on the team, paced the Birds with 3 RBIs, one of which came the way of a fourth inning home run.  Jones’ three RBIs were achieved on three separate hits, the dude was straight clutch all night long.  Jones now has 16 home runs and 52 RBIs on the year.

Ryan Flaherty, who gets grief from Baltimore fans, Kyle Boller style, absolutely blasted the go ahead home run in the seventh off of Ranger reliever, Neal Cotts.  It was a nice moment for Flaherty who showed why he’s still on the roster last night.  The kid can play anywhere in the field (he started at third for suspended Manny) and he hits left-handed with flashes of power.  There was no doubt about Flaherty’s shot last night and it capped a great comeback by Baltimore.

Other Game Notes

Rangers starter, Miles Mikolas, pitched well in his first major league start of the year.  Besides giving up the Jones home run, Mikolas had the Birds baffled for five innings.  But in the sixth, Mikolas walked two and got yanked.  The his pen let him down.  He did not have Brad Brach last night.

Chris Davis notched a hit, which is very exciting.

JJ Hardy had two hits and the game tying RBI.

Next Up For The O’s

The Birds go for the four game sweep!

Darvish (8-4) vs Chen (7-3)

Let’s get out the brooms, babes.

Let’s go O’s!

  The Darvish ‘stache, pre-Rangers.




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