Written by Chris Slade
Tonight's game kicked off a three game weekend set with the Twins and featured Trevor May and Miguel Gonzalez on the mound. The Orioles got to May, a rookie with control issues, in the 4th when J.J. Hardy drew a bases loaded walk to drive in the game's first run. Chris Davis followed with a grand slam! The O's then went up 8-0 in the 5th when Adam Jones singled in a run and Delmon Young followed with a two-run blast. Jonathan Schoop hit an RBI double in the 6th to put the Birds up 9-0. All the Twins could muster in this laugher was a solo home run by Trevor Plouffe in the 7th.
Miguel Gonzalez continued to prove he had no business being optioned to the minors earlier in the month with a superb outing tonight. Sure, he was spotted an early big run lead which may have sapped some life from the Twins offense. But, he still went out and did his job to the best of his abilities, pounding all corners of the strikezone with his fastball and finsihing off several hitters with a nasty split-changeup. It wasn't until the 7th inning that Gonzo let up a run via solo home run off the bat of Trevor Plouffe. The Twins collected just four hits on the night as Gonzalez mowed through their lineup like a surgeon, picking up his 6th quality start in his last 7 starts.
Final Line: 7 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 6 K, Win
Brian Matusz put on his big boy pant tonight and worked two perfect innings with three strikeouts to finish off the 9-1 victory.
The bashers only collected 7 hits total on the night but as you can tell by the score, made them ount for a measly 9 runs. The Chris Davis grand slam played a big role in the "making the hits count" storyline. Two of runs driven in on the Davis blast reached on hit by pitches, a crucial downturn in Trevor May's rough outing.
Defensive Highlights/ Lowlights
Steve Pearce made an excellent catch at the wall in foul territory but at a price as it may have played a role in his aggravated abdominal that led to his exit in the 4th.
Key Moments In The Game
Chris Davis emptied the bases with one swing of the bat. His average remains low but the ball is leaving the yard at a good clip recently which is what we expect at the minimum from Mr. Davis.
Jonathan Schoop made a heluva running catch in shallow RF to end the 6th inning.
Other Notes/ Musings
As you may have heard, Steve Pearce had to leave the game early with an apparent abdominal sarain. He is scheduled for an MRI at 9:30 Saturday morning. Hopefully, nothing serious as he has been swinging a red hot bat lately.
The Orioles are now a season best 21 games over .500 and continue to look like a playoff caliber squad.
The Birds are 19-6 at home since June 30 according to MASN Roch's twitter feed.
The next game is same time tomorrow evening. Kyle Gibson and Chris Tillman are your scheduled starters.
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