Written by Bruce Smith
The Orioles and Blue Jays met tonight in the first game of a four game weekend series. The Orioles prevailed by a score of 4-2. It was a great all around game for the Birds as they pitched, hit, and defended well. Kevin Gausman turned in his second straight nice start and Delmon Young hit a two run homer in the 1st to give the Orioles a quick lead.
The Blue Jays are leading the division with a record of 39-29 but have dropped 5 of 6 games. The Orioles are by themselves in 2nd place with a 34-31 record after gaining a game tonight.
Kevin Gausman started tonight for the Orioles. He was coming off a 7 inning, one run start where he recorded his first ever ML win as a starter. Orioles’ fans were hoping the start was a sign of good things to come. Gausman didn’t disappoint as he pitched a nice game against a potent lineup.
Gausman’s final line was 6.0 IP, 5 hits, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K and the win.
Brian Matusz relieved Gausman in the 7th inning. He pitched a clean frame while recording two strikeouts.
Ryan Webb pitched the 8th inning tonight. He gave up a double to Jose Bautista. Bautista basically walked to third when Webb didn’t pay attention to him on the very next pitch and scored on a slow roller that Webb stopped with his foot. Webb gave up a hit, run, and a walk in his inning of work.
Zach Britton came on to pitch the 9th and recorded his sixth save. He gave up an infield single with one out, but got a double play to end the game.
The Blue Jays sent Mark Buehrle to the mound. He presented a formidable challenge as evidenced by his league leading 10 wins this season. The Orioles quickly dispelled any notion that they would struggle with Buehrle. Nick Markakis led off the game with another solid line drive single to left and Delmon Young waffled a high changeup for a two run homer.
Machado broke out of an 0-18 slump with a double in the second and was driven in by a Caleb Joseph single after a sacrifice by Jonathan Schoop.
In the 7th, Schoop hit a changeup in the right-center field gap for a lead-off double. Markakis smoked a double high off the right field scoreboard to knock him in after a Joseph sacrifice bunt.
The Orioles played another errorless ballgame. They turned two double plays including an exciting 5-3-5 double play in the first. Manny Machado fielded a routine grounder and threw to first to get an out. Jose Reyes was running to second on the play and decided to turn on the jets and continue to third base which wasn’t covered. Chris Davis came off first base quickly after receiving the throw and threw a strike to Machado as he scampered back to the bag. It was an excellent play and helped set the tone for Gausman’s nice start.
Key Moments In The Game
The double play in the first was big. It started Gausman off on the right foot. When Young provided the two run lead two batters into the bottom of the first, it felt like the Orioles were in the driver’s seat. That continued throughout the game.
Reyes was called out for runner’s interference after a nice bunt in the 7th. He was clearly running in fair territory well inside of the runner’s box near the first base bag, but it was still a gutsy call by the home plate umpire.
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