Baltimore Orioles, Chris Davis provide a royal flush


The Baltimore Orioles didn’t have Chris Davis‘ services in last year’s ALCS against Kansas City (due to suspension, of course). However perhaps his performance this weekend showed exactly why that was such a big loss last year. He single-handedly dominated Kansas City pitching, propelling the Orioles to an 8-2 victory last night – and a series victory.

Wei-Yin Chen not only provided a quality start, but he kept what Kansas City believes is the best lineup in baseball in check for most of the night. Chen’s line: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 K. The key there are the two strikeouts and no walks. Obviously you don’t want walks, however both categories raise your pitch count. Chen trusted his stuff, and trusted the defense behind him. And neither let him down. 

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  • The O’s took an early 3-0 lead on Adam Jones‘ three-run home run, which traveled an estimated 450 feet from home plate. However Kansas City got an RBI-double from Rios, and an RBI-single off the bat of Escobar in the second which cut the lead to 3-2. At that moment it appeared that Kansas City would find a way to work their magic and chip away at the Orioles’ lead in front of a national television audience on Sunday night. But keep in mind that these O’s aren’t Royal – thus they had plans of their own.

    On a 1-0 count with nobody gone in the last of the second, Jonathan Schoop decided that at the very least these Birds wouldn’t go quietly into the night. His solo homer gave them a 4-2 lead, and in reality they never looked back from those two runs in the top of the second. Just to show he wasn’t kidding around, Schoop would add a second solo shot in the top of the fourth.

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    One inning later Davis smacked his homer (also a solo) which gave the Orioles a 6-2 lead, and broke the game wide open. The O’s would also put runs across in the seventh as Machado reached on an error with a runner on third, and later in the inning Jones would tack on an RBI-double. To top it off, the O’s gave their bullpen a much-needed rest after using various relievers on Saturday. O’Day pitched the eighth, and Britton the ninth to seal the win.

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    In all honesty, this doesn’t exactly feel like taking two-of-three in the sense that the series seemed disjointed – with (what was supposed to be) an early afternoon game on Saturday, and then an appearance on Sunday Night Baseball. But the O’s took advantage of the fact that Kansas City has been somewhat down on their luck of late, and stole two-out-of-three from a team that probably had sweep on their minds coming in. But that’s why they play the games.

    This evening the Birds will open up a three-game set against Boston at Camden Yards, with Kevin Gausman on the mound. He’ll be opposed by Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez – who of course is also a former Orioles’ farmhand. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

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