Pearce Homers Twice, O’s Sweep Jays With 6-1 Win

Sports and Bets — September 17, 2014 at 10:58 pm by

The Rundown

The Birds stayed hot and completed a three-game sweep of Toronto with a 6-1 victory. Professional Hitter Steve Pearce was the hero tonight, belting two home runs and knocking in four runs. His first home run was a solo shot down the left field line in the 3rd inning to give the Birds a 1-0 lead.

Pearce’s second homer was an Earl Weaver special in the 5th to put the O’s up 4-0.

That homer gave a youngster a souvenir that he’ll never forget, and the Birds’ pitchers more than enough run support. Bud Norris picked up his 14th win after pitching 5.1 shutout innings. He allowed two hits and five walks while striking out four.¬†Obviously, Norris didn’t have his best control tonight, but home plate umpire Paul Schrieber’s tight strike zone wasn’t doing him any favors either. J.A. Happ took the loss for Toronto after allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits while striking out five.

The Blue Jays would cut their deficit to 4-1 after an Jose Reyes RBI ground out in the 7th, but that would be as close as they would get. The O’s tacked on another run in the bottom of the 7th on an RBI ground out from Jimmy Paredes. Despite both teams’ scoring runs in the 7th, the real story of this inning was the Blue Jays acting like bush league dickheads yet again. Aaron Sanchez hit Jonathan Schoop with a fastball, and almost hit Pearce on his hands with a high, inside fastball. I really hope that this bean ball nonsense¬†doesn’t continue during the O’s season-ending series in Toronto. The stakes are too high for the Birds to lose a player to injury or suspension over this macho bullshit. David Lough ended the scoring on the night with a solo homer down the right field line in the 8th. T.J. McFarland closed the door in the 9th, giving the O’s their 92nd win of the season. With 10 games remaining, they might as well fuck around and win 100!

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Other Game Notes

From ESPN Stats & Info, Pearce entered the season with 17 career HR in 290 games. This season, he’s hit 20.

Brian Matusz, Brad Brach, and McFarland combined for the following: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. The lone run was charge to Matusz.

Christian Walker made his major league debut tonight, and doubled down the left field line for his first career hit. First of many, babes.

Up Next For The O’s

The Birds are off tomorrow, then Boston will come to town for the last three home games of the regular season.

Friday at 7:05 PM on MASN

Kevin Gausman (7-7) vs. Allen Webster (4-3)

Let’s go O’s!

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