Written by Bruce Smith
The Orioles were winning 3-1 over the Yankees in the bottom of the fifth when a long rain delay hit. It is an official game. The Orioles won 3-to-1
Kevin Gausman started for the Orioles. He has pitched very well. Brett Gardner led off the game with a home run on 2-1 fastball that caught a bit too much plate, but then Gausman pitched 5 scoreless innings.
Gausman pitched 5 innings. He has given up 4 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 0 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Complete Game Win.
Chris Davis made a clear effort to stay inside a low fastball and hit the ball on a line over the fence to straightaway left field for a two run homer. It was the first time I’ve seen Davis intentionally keep his hands inside the ball in a long time and we can all only hope it is an omen of things to come.
Jonathan Schoop came up with the bases loaded in the 2nd inning. The pitcher was struggling with his control a bit, but Schoop went after a 1-0 pitch that was just a bit high and flew out to centerfield. It was an anxious at bat by a young hitter. He came up with two outs and JJ Hardy on third in the 4th inning. This time he had a much better at bat. He got a good pitch to hit and lined a hard line drive just out of the reach of the 2nd baseman to drive in the Orioles 3rd run.
Defensive Highlights / Lowlights
Nick Markakis threw out Mark Teixeira trying to stretch a single into a double to end the first. Nick hit JJ Hardy in the air and Teabag was out by a good 10 feet which was good because the throw was a bit toward the first base line.
The Davis homer was a huge moment in the game. The Orioles had been shut out through three innings and were down 1-0. Everyone was starting to think about yesterday’s shutout at the hands of a lightly regarded rookie. Nelson Cruz had a nice at bat to take the walk to start off the inning. Davis had looked pretty bad in his first at bat. Then, everything changed. Chris stayed inside a low fastball and hit a hard liner out to straightaway left field. It was a thing of beauty and reminded the Orioles faithful of just how valuable Davis can be.
The Orioles lead the AL East by four games at the All Star Break. Next game, Friday.
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