Down a run in the bottom of the 9th, the O's rallied with doubles from Hardy and Pie to tie the game. This was followed by a game winning HR from Adam Jones to deep CF. With the 5-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals, Baltimore moves to 22-24 on the year.
1) Britton got out of trouble in the 1st, with a double play to end the inning. The first out came on a 3-2 change-up to Hosmer which fell off the table. After walking Escobar to load the bases in the 6th, Britton was able to retire Gordon to end the threat.
1a) 6 innings, 9 hits, 3 er, 1 hr, 2 bb's, 2 k's for Britton. He threw 101 pitches, 58 for strikes. He got the Royals to hit 13 grounders. It was clear from the 1st inning on that Britton was not quite right. He did a good job of keeping the O's in the game.
2) On the 1st inning double play, Snyder went to a deep stretch to make the grab. In the 5th, Snyder followed Hardy's walk with a walk of his own.
3) Guerrero, and Markakis extended their hitting streaks to 9 games. Markakis added a steal.
4) Nice play from Reynolds in the 5th.
5) After doubling in his first ab, Hardy would draw a walk to lead off the 5th. Hardy started the 9th inning rally with another double.
6) Jones did everything he could to make a play on Francoeur at the plate in the 6th. In the 7th he hit a ball sharply into left center. Running hard out of the box, he made it to 2nd for the double, giving the O's their potential tying run in scoring position. In the 9th, he crushed Soria's pitch for a HR to deadcenter and the O's win!
7) Wieters got the O's on the board with his double off the RF scoreboard.
8) Pinch hitting is not an easy task. Batting for Reimold in the 6th, Scott quickly got behind in the count. He was able to do his job though, hitting the ball hard, and scoring Wieters for the O's 2nd run.
8a) The O's got another clutch pinch hit, when Pie doubled in Hardy in the 9th.
9) Accardo kept the Royals off the board during his 1.2 innings of work.
10) Simon had his season debut, and quickly reminded O's fans that he has a quality power arm that can help a bullpen.
1) Kansas City was not able to complete the play, but Andino should have been picked off in the 1st.
2) With Andino at 2nd and none out - Jones, Markakis, and Guerrero were unable to bring him in as the tying run. Hardy led off the 3rd inning with a double, but the O's were unable to score that run (with Jones, and Markakis again having chances).
3) Unlike the 3-2 change-up which struck out Hosmer, the Britton change-up Gordon hit for a HR got way too much of the plate.
3a) In the 6th, the O's were down 3-0 with runners on 2nd, and 3rd and 1 out. Britton got Pena to hit a little tapper in front of the mound that Wieters made a nice play on for the 2nd out. That brought up Alcides Escobar who came into the game batting .232 with a .540 OPS . Britton needed to challenge Escobar, but wound-up walking the SS to load the bases and bring up Alex Gordon. Britton made the pitches necessary to retire Gordon, but the walk of Escobar was poor.
1) In the 5th the O's had runners at 1st, and 2nd with none out and Andino was asked to bunt. He could not get it down, and popped out to Betemit at 3rd who was able to double-up Hardy at 2nd. The execution of the bunt was poor. The decision from either Andino or Showalter to bunt in that situation was worse.
2) It was clear to see why Duffy has been a well regarded prospect. That said, I was hoping for more success from the O's offense against a guy making his 2nd Major League start. The O's had the lead-off runner on in 5 of Duffy's 6 innings, but were only able to score that lead-off runner once. The only thing the O's offense did well against Duffy was help elevate his pitch count a bit.
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