Baltimore Orioles: Chris Davis and others lead homer parade

Courtesy of Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
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Chris Davis and others lead a homer parade as the Baltimore Orioles used crooked numbers to defeat Boston.

The Baltimore Orioles re-signed Chris Davis for a reason, and we saw that on display this afternoon. We know that pitching is probably going to be the Birds’ weaker link this season – at least how things are shaping up thus far. However regardless of what some of the more cynical members of the media and fanbase might say or think, if you put 15+ runs on the board you’re going to be in good shape in games.

Yovani Gallardo had his struggles in this game early. Gallardo’s line: 3.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 3 BB, 2 K. It’s tough to gauge these results or even the pitching lines in spring training. We don’t know what Gallardo was trying to accompish in the game, nor do we know if he was working on anything specific this afternoon. However after coming out Gallardo pointed out that he had consistently struggled in spring games across his career (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

"You hear a lot of guys say that spring training is the time to try different things, try to add to what you’re able to do during the season. Not only last year, you can look at every spring training I’ve had throughout my career and I think it’s … they’ve been bad. It’s a good thing they don’t count for your career."

Some might say that’s an excuse. But statistically it should give Orioles’ fans some hope.

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  • The Orioles got a two-RBI double off the bat of Mark Trumbo, and an RBI-single from Pedro Alvarez in the last of the first to take a 3-0 lead. However Boston would battle back in the second with five runs (including a two-run homer by Bradley Jr.) and an additional run in the third to lap the O’s and take a 6-3 lead. But remember ‘dem O’s? You know, that team that likes to mash the ball?…

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    …yeah, those guys! J.J. Hardy‘s two-run homer in the last of the third brought the Birds to within 6-5. But at first to say the least, Boston didn’t want to go away. Gallardo would give up another RBI-double to extend their lead to 7-5 prior to being pulled from the game in the fourth. However with Davis at the plate in the last of the inning, Boston’s Haley uncorked a wild pitch which allowed the runner at third to score. Trumbo would later ground into a fielder’s choice-RBI, which tied the game at seven.

    Again, this version of the Orioles is going to score a lot of runs. There’s absolutely no question about that, and yes the question is will the pitching be able to keep up. That remains to be seen. However the Birds took the lead for good in the last of the sixth when Manny Machado smacked a two-run homer. Davis would add a solo shot of his own a moment later to take the O’s back-to-back, and before the inning ended Audry Perez would add a three-run bop of his own – O’s then had a commanding 13-7 lead. 

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    The Birds would tack on a few add-on runs, and Boston would get one back in the eighth inning also to run the final to 16-8. But the story of this game are the homers which were pelted by the Orioles. This is how they’re going to win games in 2016 – in other words, don’t expect too many 3-1 games which might come down to a stolen base here or a sac bunt there.

    And that’s something that has a lot of folks concerned. What if they go into a six or seven-game funk like they did at one point last year? What if Chris Davis’ bat goes to sleep as it did in May of last season? Could the Orioles then end up losing games by crooked numbers as opposed to winning? And the answer to that is that anything is possible. We just won’t know until we get into league play.

    In fairness to the pitchers, it’s tough to start these games knowing that you’re on a pitch count. Granted other teams’ pitchers play under the same circumstances, however in spring training baseball you’re never as good or as bad as you look. The pitching will improve once the Birds head north and the guys get into a rythm.

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    The Orioles will head to Bradenton tomorrow evening for an Easter evening affair with Pittsburgh. Ubaldo Jimenez will get the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Pittsburgh’s Trevor Williams. Game time is set for just after 6 PM.