Manny Machado’s grand slam led the night for the Baltimore Orioles as they defeated the hot ChiSox, 10-2.
First off, let me say that the Baltimore Orioles and Manny Machado have had some pretty horrible luck this season when it comes to weather during homestands. Last night was a dreary one all-around, and it even featured periods of heavier rain. But the Birds played through it – and both they and their fans are certainly glad they did.
Starter Tyler Wilson had his struggles, but I suspect a lot of that was due to the weather. It was far from ideal pitching weather, but in fairness it’s also the great equalizer in games like that. Wilson’s line: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K. The sad part is that Wilson was one out short of qualifying for the win.
Chicago actually took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning on Frazier’s two-run homer. However the O’s weren’t going to be held down on this night. Adam Jones smacked an RBI-double in the last of the first which cut the lead to 2-1. There was a chance that the O’s were going to tie the game on the play, however Chris Davis was thrown out at home plate.
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The O’s did in fact tie it in the last of the third when Machado’s RBI-double scored a run. A moment later however, they had the lead for good when Davis plated Machado with a two-run homer. Mark Trumbo would follow with a solo shot of his own, and the O’s took a 5-2 lead.
The Birds would net an additional run in the last of the sixth on a fielding error, and later in the inning Machado came to the plate once again – this time with the bases loaded. And he effectively ended the game, or the competitive part of it to say the least, when he sent a grand slam deep into the Baltimore night. The Birds took a 10-2 lead, and they never looked back.
Chicago was one of the hottest teams in baseball coming in. The weather most probably played a factor in them having an off night, however again that’s also a great equalizer. The O’s beat the ChiSox last night in every facet of the game.
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The weather for the remainder of the weekend series is similar to what we saw yesterday. However the hope is that there are windows for the games to get in. The Orioles have already had two games rained out this year, and they’re really trying not to have a third. Furthermore this is Chicago’s only visit to Camden Yards this year…although I suppose that a game could be made up when the Orioles are in Chicago – as part of a doubleheader. With the Orioles as the home team, but on the road.
Yes folks, that last bit was sarcasm. But they’ll try to do everything possible to get these next three games in so as not to have to juggle teams’ schedules around later. Both teams actually have Monday off, so if a game needed to be made up I suspect it would happen then. Heck if two games needed to be made up they could probably schedule a doubleheader if they needed to do so.