Baltimore Orioles swung back into the lead by Chris Davis

The Baltimore Orioles had allowed Anaheim to tie the score at four in the sixth inning, that is until Chris Davis began a late rally to victory.

Chris Davis and the Baltimore Orioles win games with home runs. Some people are uneasy with that fact, however it’s just how this team is put together. And if you look at the standings thus far, it seems to be working out.

Mike Wright had a fairly solid outing out in Anaheim last night, and in essence he was better than the numbers indicate. Wright’s line: 5.1 IP, 5 H 4 R (2 earned), 3 BB, 3 K. Before running into trouble in the last of the sixth, Wright had retired 11 of the previous 12 hitters. The knock on Wright of course has been his ability to go deep into games, and we saw that again last night.

The Birds opened up the game with back-to-back home runs – first by Joey Rickard, followed by Manny Macado. That 2-0 lead was cut in half when Anaheim’s Perez smacked an RBI-double in the second, however Mark Trumbo chimed in with a two-run homer in the fourth and the O’s had a 4-1 lead. That held up until the last of the sixth when Wright started to tire. Anaheim loaded the bases and ended up coming back to tie the game at four – helped out by an E3 committed by Davis. 

Anaheim had the momentum at that point, and the O’s appeared to be on the rocks. However Oriole bats had something else in store for the fans out on the west coast. The fact is that the O’s are never realy out of a game with how many home runs they hit. At the very least, they aren’t out of a tie game.

With two gone and a runner on in the seventh, Davis stepped to the plate. Again, Anaheim had the momentum at that point due to their three-run sixth which tied the game. However the Orioles were having none of that on this night – Davis’ two-run homer put the Birds back in the saddle again out west, and they led 6-4. They would also add a sac fly-RBI from Reimold and an RBI-single from Rickard in the eighth,  and a Reimold RBI-single in the ninth.

So the O’s take game one of three out in Anaheim by the score of 9-4. Again, it’s worth noting that some people are put off by the home runs. And perhaps they have a valid point in that the fact is that the power isn’t going to be there 100% of the time. So yes it’s a valid point to say that you have to find other ways to score runs. 

And the Birds did just that – at the end, that is. However in the moment they were in (after having yielded the lead and so forth), Davis’ two-run homer was just what the doctor ordered. If that doesn’t happen I suspect that the game is either lost in the last of the ninth, or in extra innings. Probably on an RBI-single or a sac fly-RBI – you know, a manufactured run.

So those who stayed up to see the entire game saw a good one. Obviously the one deficiency with these west coast games is the 10 PM start time. But whether it’s early or late, if there’s a game to be played there’s a game to win. 

The series continues tonight with game two from Anaheim. Kevin Gausman gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Anaheim’s Matt Shoemaker. Game time is set for just after 10 PM.