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    Gonzo Finishes Season Strong; O's Win 3-2

    Written by Chris Slade

    Overview

    Tonight's matchup at the yard featured Miguel Gonzalez against the wily veteran lefthander Mark Buerhle. Buerhle didn't have his best stuff tonight as the Orioles hitters knocked him out after four innings, scoring three runs on eight hits. Matt Wieters highlighted the scoring action with a solo blast and a sac fly. The Blue Jays managed only one run against Gonzalez, an unearned run in the 1st due to a dropped fly ball by leftfielder Jason Pridie. The Jays would tack another run on in the 8th against Tommy Hunter. Hunter kept the Jays from tying up the game and Jim Johnson slammed the door in the 9th for his 48th save of the season.

    Starting Pitching

    In what is likely his last outing of the 2013 season, Miguel Gonzalez finished on a stellar note. He commanded the strike zone supremely and had a nice split-change working tonight that had the various Quad-A types in the Blue Jays lineup like Ryan Langerhaans swinging out of their cleats. The Jays amassed only two hits against Gonzo over 7 strong innings for his 11th win of the season.

    Final Line: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, Win

    Relief Pitching

    Tommy Hunter took over in the 8th and scuffled a bit when Kevin Pillar (Pillar not Millar) and Jose Reyes singled to lead off the inning. Brett lawrie then doubled in Pillar with one out. With runners on second and third, Hunter worked out of the jam to preserve the lead.

    Jim Johnson came on to close in the 9th, induced two groundouts, allowed a single to Ryan Goins, and struck out Pillar to end the game.

    Hitting

    The Orioles hitters did their damage early, tagging Beurhle for 8 hits and three runs. Once Chad Jenkins entered the game the bats went silent and only managed one hit the rest of the way.

    Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis both had multi hit 2-for-4 games. 

    Matt Wieters went 1-for-2 with a HR and 2 RBI's.

    Defensive Highlights/Lowlights

    Jason Pridie dropped a can of corn in the 1st. Not what we like to see.

    Jonathan Schoop had a throwing error in the 3rd inning, allowing Reyes to reach first. 

    Key Moments In The Game

    Matt Wieters coming up with two big at bats; first the home run and then the sac fly. The O's wouldn't score again, making those two runs driven in crucial.

    Other Notes/Musings

    Fun Fact: I was not at this game but my brother was.

    Gonzalez finishes the season 11-8 with a 3.78 ERA over 171.1 Innings Pitched. Not a bad sophomore effort at all. He gets to stay another year in my book.

    With the win, the O's officially take the season series from the Jays by a 10-9 margin.

    Box Score


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