The Baltimore Orioles found themselves saying that a day off was just what the doctor ordered as they defeated NY last night at Camden Yards.
It’s entirely possible that the Baltimore Orioles simply needed a day away from baseball in order to get their season going again. They got that on Thursday, and then last night proceeded to outdo New York in every phase of the game. The Orioles defeated New York 8-0 in game one of a huge three-game set.
Dylan Bundy couldn’t make it the necessary six innings for a “quality start,” but he put the Orioles in a position to win. That is if they needed to be put in a position to win last night given how their bats got them out in front. Bundy’s line: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 5 K.
The Orioles entered the second inning with the no score, but ended it with the game all but over. They got an RBI-single from Jones to start things off, which was followed by a two-run bomb by Pedro Alvarez. Chris Davis followed suit as well, immediately followed by a solo homer by Mark Trumbo. When the smoke cleared, the Birds held a 6-0 lead.
For good measure, Manny Machado got into the act as well with a two-run homer of his own in the last of the fourth. This was a much-needed victory for the Orioles, who of late seemed to be in full-fledge free fall. But the O’s grabbed the bull by the horns early on in this game, and it showed.
Perhaps the best sign for Orioles fans is that they finally put together a game where the bats roared to life and the pitching was solid. It seems like it’s been awhile since that’s happened for this Orioles team. But they put it all together last night, and you see the result.
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The Birds still find themselves in a must-win type of situation for the remainder of the weekend, as NY is still in town for two more games. They have an opportunity to put distance between themselves and their arch-rivals (among other teams) if they keep on winning. A series sweep would be ideal, but taking two-of-three is all but a must. For what it’s worth, Tampa did it’s part by beating Toronto last night as well.
The series continues this evening with New York. Kevin Gausman gets the ball for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by NY’s C.C. Sabathia. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.