Written by Chris Slade
Tonight's tuesday night matchup featured Chris Tillman (16-7 , 3.70 ERA) and Todd Redmond (4-2, 3.77 ERA) on the mound. A few of you sly folks may recall Redmond was part of the Orioles 40 man roster back in March after they claimed him off waivers from the Reds. Ultimately, he didn't make the team and ended up in the Blue Jays organization.
The Blue Jays jumped on the board first in the top of the 2nd when Ryan Goins singled in Adam Lind from third base. The Orioles took the lead in the top of the third on a pair of back-to-back homers from Brian Roberts and Nate McLouth. That would be all the Orioles could manage until the 9th.
The Blue Jays tied things up in the 8th when Mark DeRosa singled off Brian Matusz to score Jose Reyes from third base. DeRosa would come throught for the Blue Jays again in extras when he lined a single of Francisco Rodriguez in the 10th to give the Jays a 3-2 lead.
That would be all she wrote as once-upon-a-time Orioles draftee Casey Jansenn shut the door in the 10th to secure the Blue Jays win.
Chris Tillman brought his a game tonight once he settled in after the Blue Jays scored on him in the 2nd. He commanded and sequenced his Fastball-Changeup-12-6 Curve combo in dominant fashion, striking out nine Blue jays hitters while walking just one over 7 innings pitched. Unfortunately, he continued to not recieve the favorable run support he recieved over the first four months or so of the season and would be no-decisioned.
Final Line: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, ND
Kevin Gausman took over in the 8th and is held responsible for the tying run scoring, even though Brian Matusz allowed the single to DeRosa that scored the run. That is just the natural order of things.
Gausman got the first two outs of the inning, Matusz only faced one batter, and Darren O'Day got the final out of the 8th on a Rajai Davis groundout to second.
Jim Johnson pitched a dominant 9th inning, striking out Anthony Gose and J.P. Arencibia, and inducing a flyout to left from Goins.
This game went to extras and that's where Francisco Rodriguez allowed the go ahead run when Mark DeRosa, the grisly vet, once again had an RBI single.
Not much in the way of hitting tonight other than a pair of solo homers from Nate McLouth and Brian Roberts.
Brian Roberts would finish the game 2-for-5 with a HR and RBI
J.J. Hardy recorded the only other muti-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles.
Dan Johnson made his first start for the Orioles tonight at DH and submitted an 0-fer.
Defensive Highlights/ Lowlights
Brett Lawrie grounded into a double in the 5th inning turned by J.J. Hardy to Roberts who then flipped the ball to Davis at first.
Key Moments In The Game
Mark DeRosa's clutch hits.
Other Notes/ Musings
With tonight's 3-2 loss, the Orioles are officially eliminated from the 2013 playoffs. Better luck (in one run games) next season.
A "What If?" I just thought of. What if the Orioles had been able to hold onto Todd Redmond? That 3.77 ERA he's put up in 13 starts along with an impressive 75 strikeouts in 76.2 innings pitched would've looked nice in the back of the rotation these past two months. Perhaps, he would've eliminated a need to trade for Bud Norris. Not trying to dis Norris, who I'm glad we have for another two seasons. Just food for thought.
It has now been 30 seasons since the Orioles last won a World Series. The itch continues.
On that sad note, here's the box score
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