Frobby Visits the Field
"When the Rays pushed 2 runs across in the bottom of the 6th, I really felt like the baseball gods were teaching us a lesson. The O's had failed to get runners in or over with the bases loaded and one out, and twice with a leadoff runner on 2B. So when the Rays executed a sacrifice to get a runner from 2nd to 3rd with one out, and then hit a perfect sac fly to score the go-ahead run, it just felt like the Orioles were getting what they deserved. I was getting all prepared for a depressing Opening Day loss where the Rays out-executed us on the so-called "fundamentals."
Then two big clutch hits -- Jones' 2-run double and Davis' 3-run homer -- and small ball became irrelevant.
I have a feeling that there will be many days where I lament that this team isn't very good at making "productive outs," and where I'll be jealous of the teams that are good at it. But hopefully, those days will be outnumbered by the times where the Orioles come up with a couple of big blows out of several opportunities, that will render the small ball failures unimportant."
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