Both Kevin Gausman and the entire Baltimore Orioles team was in need of a solid game – and they got it. Although granted, the Birds weren’t totally scuffling coming into last night’s game with Boston. MASN’s Gary Thorne mentioned that Boston was starting to head up during the telecast, however the fact is that the O’s might have as well. They’ve won their last two series’ coming into this week (New York and Kansas City – no easy task).
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Gausman was very solid throughout his outing in last night’s game, and as close as the game was he needed to be. Gausman’s line: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 7 K. What we saw last night was what the Orioles hope will represent the future in terms of Kevin Gausman being solid and turning things over to the bullpen to bring the team home at the end of games.
With one down and runners at the corners in the first, Adam Jones reached on an E4, as the second baseman tried to tag the runner from first out to start a double-play. This allowed the runner from third base to score, and the Orioles took an early 1-0 lead. That’s the type of play we’ve seen the O’s make more often than not in the sense that they try to be too cute and too flashy, and they’ve ended up making a mistake. However in this case it benefited the Birds, and they found themselves with an early lead.
And that 1-0 lead held consistent for quite some time. In theory it was the entire game, although the O’s did manage to add to it when they needed to. And it was Jones again driving the run in. His RBI-double in the seventh inning gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead. And perhaps the best news of the night (after Gausman’s outing) for the O’s is that the bullpen held up and preserved the win.
For what it’s worth, the O’s are now six back in the wild card race. If they can keep winning, they have an outside shot. However there are still some other teams who would also have to start losing. And that obviously is where it becomes difficult. If they keep winning the O’s have a slight pulse – for the time being. But they’re not anywhere near controling their own destiny.
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