O’s Survive Late Scare, Sweep Sox With 10-6 Win

Sports and Bets — September 10, 2014 at 7:04 pm by

The Rundown 

The final score was much closer than it should have been, but the Birds were able to take care of business against those last place scumbags up in Boston. The magic number is down to eight, so the O’s will have an excellent chance to clinch the division during their upcoming home stand. There’s a slim chance that they could take the East crown during their weekend series against the hated Yankees. I go from six to midnight just thinking about that glorious scenario.

Wei-Yin Chen was filthy today, holding the Red Sox to one run on three hits and no walks while striking out four over seven innings. He had a perfect game going through 5.1 innings until Dan Butler hit a double. Chen picked up his 15th win, and he now sports a 3.59 ERA on the season. The Birds staked Chen with a big lead in the 3rd, sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring six runs (five earned) off Brandon Workman. Alejandro De Aza, Adam Jones, Professional Hitter Steve Pearce, Caleb Joseph, and Ryan Flaherty all knocked in runs. When it rains, it pours, babes. Flaherty had two hits in the inning, and Jones knocked in two runs on a double down the left field line

The Birds added two runs in the fifth off Craig Breslow on a two-run homer from Joseph to extend their lead to 8-0. Xander Bogaerts finally put the Sox on the board with a solo homer down the left field line in the 7th. The O’s tacked on two more runs in the 9th off Edward Mujica on RBI doubles from Kelly Johnson and Flaherty. At the time, these runs seemed relatively insignificant, but baseball is a funny game. The Red Sox offense came to life in the bottom of the 9th, putting up a five spot against Joe Saunders. There goes the crafty lefty’s slim chance of cracking the playoff roster. We’ll always have 2012, Joe. Daniel Nava knocked in two runs on a double, and Carlos Rivera hit a three-run bomb down the left field line to cut the O’s lead to 10-6. Tommy Hunter came in to try to put out the fire, but he was only able to record one out while allowing two men to reach base. So with two men on and two outs, Darren O’ Day came in to slam the door and record his 3rd save. It wasn’t a pretty ending, but I’ll sure as hell take it. Until next year, Camden Yards North.

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Other Game Notes

Flaherty went 4-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and two RBIs. It was Flaherty’s first four-hit game of his career.

Schoop was 0-for-5, and is now 1-for-20 over his last five games.

10 different players scored runs today for the Orioles. That hasn’t happened since Aug. 1, 2008 in Seattle. (Stat from Roch Kubatko)

Nick Markakis made a nice diving grab. If he doesn’t take home another Gold Glove this year, it’s a fucking travesty.

De Aza and Quintin Berry almost made the biggest blunder of the year in the 9th inning. Let’s talk it up a little out there, fellas!

Up Next For The O’s

The Birds are off tomorrow, then start a four-game series against the Yankees with a Friday doubleheader.

Game 1: 1:05 PM on MASN & MLBN

Kevin Gausman RHP (7-7) vs. Brandon McCarthy RHP (9-14)

Game 2: 7:05 PM on MASN & MLBN

Bud Norris RHP (12-8) vs. TBA

Let’s go O’s!

 

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