Orioles Lose In 12-3 Beatdown
Written by Lee Tackett
The Red Sox jumped out to an early lead with crooked numbers in the first and third innings and Clay Bucholz went seven strong innings as the Birds fell 12-3.
Scott Feldman lived up in the zone in the first inning and the Red Sox jumped all over him. Dustin Pedroia got things going with a one out single and went first to third when David Ortiz ripped a single into the right field corner. Mike Napoli lashed a high fastball in the right center gap to score Pedroia and Daniel Nava golfed a hanging breaking ball into the seats just to the left of the scoreboard to stake the Sox to a 4-0 first inning lead. Unfortunately there was more. After the home run, Jonny Gomes drew a walk and came around to score two batters later on a Stephen Drew triple into the right field corner to complete a 5 run top of the first.
Feldman cruised through a 7 pitch second inning but continued to miss up in the zone in the third. Feldman struck out Napoli but gave up back to back singles to Nava and Gomes before what was initially ruled a 3 run home run for Jarrod Saltalamacchia was changed to a double that still scored one. After the review, with runners on second and third, Buck had seen enough and lifted Feldman.
This was an unfortunate end for what has been a quietly solid September for Feldman. Simply put, his sinker was not sinking. With the exception of the second inning, everything Feldman threw was no lower than thigh high and the Red Sox teed off.
Final Line: 2.1 IP 8 H 8 R 8 ER 1 BB 1 K
Zach Britton answered the early call to the bullpen and gave up a two run single to Drew to officially turn the game into a laugher. Drew bailed Britton out by getting hung up between first and second. Britton gave up another hit in the inning, but got Jacoby Ellsbury to ground out to finish the third. Runners reached base in each of the next three innings, but unlike Feldman, Britton was able to stay down in the zone and get ground balls to work out of the jam, culminating in an inning ending double play off the bat of Ortiz in the sixth. Other than allowing Feldman's runners to score, Britton equated himself very well.
Steve Johnson walked the leadoff man to start the seventh, but struck out two on the way to a scoreless inning. In the eighth, Johnson retired the first two batters, but walked the next two and was pulled for Mike Belfiore, who gave up a back side 3 run home run to Ortiz to push the lead to 11-3. Making his major league debut, Belfiore walked the next man, but got a ground out to finish the eighth. Belfiore's difficult debut continued into the ninth, as Gomes led things off with a solo home run to left, but there was no further damage. Still a disappointing debut for the young lefty.
After Brian Roberts picked up his second hit of the game in the third, two batters later Adam Jones hit his 33rd home run of the season to cut the lead to 8-2.
Chris Davis hit a solo shot in the sixth, good for his 53rd on the year.
Really nothing of note here. A five run first is difficult to come back from and the Orioles didn't mount much in the way of a sustained rally.
Observations and Musings
Very little in the form of take aways from this game, it was just plain ugly.
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