Royals Sweep Birds, Great Season Ends In Brutal Fashion

Sports and Bets — October 15, 2014 at 8:24 pm by

The Run Down

The Royals completed their sweep with a 2-1 victory over the Birds to advance to their first World Series since 1985. Despite the Royals taking the series 4-0, these were still very competitive games. The Royals beat the O’s by a combined total of six runs, and today was yet another nail-biter that the O’s couldn’t find a way to win.

The Royals scored two runs in the first inning, and that would be all that they would need. Alcides Escobar lead off the game with an infield single, Nori Aoki was hit by a pitch, and Lorenzo Cain laid down a sacrifice bunt to set up 2nd and 3rd with one out. Eric Hosmer hit a ground ball to Steve Pearce, and Pearce fired a strike to the plate that should have gunned down Escobar. But Caleb Joseph couldn’t handle the throw, the ball got away, and two runs scored on the play. It was an inexcusable blunder from Joesph that proved to be the difference in the ball game. That half inning also summed up the whole series in a nut shell. The Royals made just enough plays to win, while the Orioles left just enough plays on the table to lose. Fucking tragic stuff, babes.

The O’s got one back in the 3rd inning on a mammoth solo blast down the right field line off the bat of Ryan Flaherty. Flats got all of that one.

The Birds’ best opportunity to tie or take the lead came in the 6th inning. They had runners on the corners with two outs, and Nelson Cruz at the plate against Kelvin Herrera. Cruz smoked a line drive, but it was right at Omar Infante who snagged it to end the inning. Herrera, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland combined to pitch 3.2 scoreless innings to close the door on the Birds. Those three dudes are flat out nasty, and the O’s couldn’t do a goddamned thing off them all series.

Other Game Notes

Miguel Gonzalez took the loss after allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and four walks while striking out four over 5.2 innings. Gonzo pitched well enough to win, and it’s unfortunate that his offense and defense didn’t have his back. I also have to question why it took seven playoff games for Gonzo to finally get a start. Miggy had the lowest ERA of any Orioles starter.

Jason Vargas earned the win after surrendering one run on two hits and three walks while striking out six over 5.1 innings.

Delmon Young finally got a start, and he shit the bed. Young went 0-for-4, and grounded into two double plays.

Alex Gordon robbed J.J. Hardy of extra bases in the 5th with a fantastic catch that ended with him crashing into the wall.

Flaherty actually ended the postseason as one of the Birds’ most productive bats. In seven games, he slashed .286/.400/.429 with a HR, four RBIs, and four runs scored.

Up Next For The O’s

Who the hell knows? It’s a shame that such an awesome season had to end this way, but that’s playoff baseball. It’s a fucking crap shoot. Hopefully, Dan Duquette makes some shrewd signings this offseason, and the Birds are right back in the thick of things next year.

Let’s go O’s!

cover pic: Zimbio

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