Schoop Power, 9th Inning Rally, Lead O’s Past Yanks For First Series Win Of The Year

Featured, Sports and Bets — April 10, 2014 at 6:46 am by

All I’ve been hearing about all morning is how great Masahiro Tanaka looked last night in his NO DECISION against the Baltimore Orioles.  Sure, he struck out 10 and will be a definite force to reckon with for many seasons, but he made a critical mistake in the second inning with two on.  He gave Orioles stud prospect, Jonathan Schoop a pitch to hit, and the young second baseman deposited it into the left field seat of Yankee Stadium.  Boom.  Those three runs were enough to keep the game locked through eight.  Miggy Gonzo gave six innings to the Birds, and the Baltimore bullpen bested their New York rivals trough the next three to give the O’s a 5-4 win.

The Birds locked it up with an exciting 9th inning rally in which Nick Markakis drove in a run with a single and then Chris Davis drove in what would be the deciding run with a towering sac fly to center. Despite striking out 10 times against a tough Tanaka, the offense made the most of their opportunities and delivered when it mattered.

The win gave the Birds their first series win of the year and beating the Yankees is like eating a Berger cookie – it’s good as hell and man is it sweet.

Other game notes:

Ryan Flaherty began the winning rally with a double off of reliever Shawn Kelley

Delmon Young had three hits and Adam Jones had two.  Young is batting .412 and is red-hot.

The 7-8-9 hitters of Lombardozzi, Flaherty, and Schoop had four more hits tonight, including Schoop’s 3 run homer.  The group has 12 hits in the last two nights.

Adam Jones did not apologize for his comments about streakers and I’m glad he didn’t. Stand by what you say even if some people don’t like it, babes.

The Birds get tonight off and come home to face the Blue Jays for a weekend series.

Let’s Go O’s!