Wild Pitch Pulls O’s Out Of The Cellar. Birds Beat Sox 1-0 In Series Opener.

Sports and Bets — June 9, 2015 at 11:34 pm by

The Run Down

This is a big eight game home stand for the Baltimore Orioles.  Sitting at 27-30 after tonight’s win, the O’s have five games remaining against the Red Sox and Yankees, and two versus the Phillies.  The O’s seem to be playing better baseball of late and in my mind, this is the perfect time to get to .500 and chip into that New York-held division lead.  6-2 on the stand gets that done, and maybe I’m crazy, but I believe it’s possible, babes.

The Birds got off on the right foot tonight with a 1-0 win over the hated Red Sox.  The game was an absolute grinder and a month ago I think the Birds wind up on the losing end. But with JJ Hardy back and throwing guys out off of pitcher ricochets, and Matty Wheat gunning down guys at third after a lame bunt attempt, the O’s did the little things to prevail.

The O’s also got a little bit lucky tonight as their only run was scored on a wild pitch off the arm of reliever Matt Barnes in the seventh inning.  Professional Hitter Steve Pearce scored on the play.  Pearce had led the inning off with a double.  Besides that play, the Birds, and the Sox for that matter, were kept form touching home plate.  Former Oriole prospect, Eduardo Rodriguez, pitched six scoreless innings in his start, striking out seven while allowing just three hits.  It’s scary to think he’ll be in Boston for a long time and that he was once one of us.  It is, what it is, and at least he didn’t beat us tonight.


Meanwhile, Miguel Gonzalez pitched 4.1 innings of scoreless baseball before leaving with a groin injury.  Gonzo wasn’t particularly sharp, he allowed four hits and he walked two, but he battled, as always, and he kept the Sox at goose eggs.  TJ McFarland came on in relief with a guy on third and only one out.  McFarland struck out Holt and somehow got Castillo to fly out on a 3-0 pitch.  It was big moment in the game for the Birds and McFarland.

Eighties bully, Chaz Roe and Zach Britton would combine to finish the game.  Britton was particularly impressive.  He got Roe out of a two on, one out jam in the eighth by ringing up two K’s.  The Britton came back in the ninth to close it out for his 16th save.

Other Game Notes

Eighties bully Chaz Roe gave Dustin Pedroia some chin music in the eighth.  Pedroia somehow was rewarded first after claiming the ball grazed his hand.  I say he’s full of it, but I’d want to get away from Roe too after this buzz….


JJ Hardy had two of the five Oriole hits.

Nolan Reimold is back after batting over .400 the past two weeks down on the farm.  He went 0-2 with a walk.

Replay called Reimold out at first.  He was safe.  Shady, babes.

Mattyy Wheat went 1-4.  I like him batting clean-up.

Next Up For The O’s

Same time, same place Wednesday.

Porcello (4-5) vs Chen (1-4)

Let’s Go O’s!

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