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Orioles 2, Reds 1 (10 innings) : Going the Extra Miley – Wade Miley pitches 8 solid innings of 2 hit baseball & takes a No-Hitter into the 4th inning before Joey Votto takes him deep to center (#5) in the 4th to tie the game. Jonathan Schoop’s single to center in the 2nd had given the O’s the early 1-0 lead. Miley strikes out 11 & walks just 1. Reds starter Scott Feldman pitches 7 solid innings, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits, walking just 1 & striking out 4. J.J. Hardy lines a 2-out single to center to score Mark Trumbo & put the Birds back on top for good against reliever Brandon Wood in the 10th. Darren O’Day works the 9th & Brad Brach pitches the 10th to close it out for his 2nd Save in as many chances. The O’s take 2 out of 3 in Cincinnati & will now return home after a lengthy 9 game road trip to host Boston for 3 over the weekend. Baltimore now owns the best record in the MLB.
Bal (10-4) Cin (9-7)
WP : O’Day (1-1)
LP : Wood (0-2)
S : Brach (2). GO O’S!! #PuttingExtrasOnit
Orioles 2, Reds 0 : Him In His – Ubaldo Jimenez locks in the zone & shows his good side, pitching 7 2/3 shutout innings, he walks 4 & strikes out 3, allowing just 2 hits. He is in complete control all night, giving the Orioles staff a huge boost & giving Jimenez some much needed confidence. Ubaldo makes quick work of the Reds lineup, pitching a gem for the O’s after Kevin Gausman’s rough outing in Game 1. 2B Jonathan Schoop drives in a run on a single in the 2nd off of the Reds young lefty Amir Garrett, who strikes out 12 Orioles in 7 innings, he allows 2 runs on 7 hits, walking just 1. Ubaldo simply out pitches the young lefty & Manny Machado adds a sacfly in the 5th to give him a much needed insurance run. Brad Brach works the 9th to close it out, as closer Zach Britton sits on the 10 DL right now.
The Orioles split the first 2 games in Cincinnati, the rubber game was tonight.
Bal (9-4) Cin (9-6)
WP : Jimenez (1-0)
LP : Garrett (2-1)
S : Brach (1).
GO O’S!! #InterleagueScuffling
Reds 9, Orioles 3 : Seeing Red – Kevin Gausman is pounded for 8 runs on 8 hits in just 2 2/3 innings, including allowing a Grand Slam to left by Reds LF Adam Duvall (#4) in a 5-run 5th inning as Cincinnati pulls it out & destroys the Orioles in Game 1. Duvall drives in 5 runs in the game, adding a sacfly in the 1st as well. C Tucker Barnhart doubles in the final run of the 5th for the Reds & Joey Votto adds a 2-run shot to right (#4) in the 3rd to make it 9-1 Cincinnati. Gausman exits & is replaced by LHP Vidal Nuno, he walks 3 & strikes out 2. Cincinnati starter Bronson Arroyo goes a decent 5 innings, he allows 3 runs on 5 hits, he walks 2 & strikes out 4. Jonathan Schoop drives in a run on an single in the 2nd & Adam Jones hits a 2-run shot to left (#3) in the 5th, that would be it. The 40 year old Arroyo wins for the first time since June 15, 2014, missing the last 2 seasons w/ Tommy John surgery.
Bal (8-4) Cin (9-5)
WP : Arroyo (1-2)
LP : Gausman (1-1).
GO O’S!! #InterleagueShowdown
Orioles 11, Blue Jays 4 : He’s the Mancini – Trey Mancini hits a pair of longballs & the O’s go deep 4 times as a team to rout the Jays & take 3 out of 4 in Toronto. Mancini hits a 3-run shot (#3) in the 6th to make it 4-0 O’s & give starter Dylan Bundy some added run support. J.J. Hardy doubles home Jonathan Schoop & OF Craig Gentry adds a sacfly in a 5-run 6th to make it 6-0. Mancini hits a solo shot (#4), Gentry hits a 2-run shot (#1) & Manny Machado adds another 2-run blast (#2) to make it 11-2 in a 5-run 8th inning. Dylan Bundy tosses 6 shutout innings, allowing just 5 hits, he walks 1 & strikes out 6.
Mancini finishes 3 for 5 with four RBI, matching the major league record for home runs in the first 12 games of a career with 7, joining Trevor Story and Dino Restelli. Kevin Pillar hits a 3-run shot (#1) in the 9th for the Blue Jays to make it 11-4.
Baltimore is now 5-1 against Toronto so far.
Bal (8-3) Tor (2-10)
WP : Bundy (2-1)
LP : Happ (0-3).
GO O’S!! #BirdFightRoundSix
#3 Wizards vs #6 Hawks Preview :
Washington won the Southeast Conference, their first Division title in 38 years. Atlanta makes it in, due to their hard play, staying relevant enough the entire season.
Key matchup : PG John Wall vs PG Dennis Schroeder.
John Wall is one of the NBA’s most explosive G’s & wastes no time finding his teammates, Dennis Schroeder is a formidable opponent, one who can present problems & create for Atlanta.
Washington simply has too many scorers, Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Brandon Jennings, Markieff Morris & Kelly Oubre. Marcin Gortat will be a factor inside. Can Atlanta match the physical presence upfront by Washington? The answer is No.
The Hawks do have Paul Millsap, but after him & Dennis Schroder there is alot to be desired by the Hawks in terms of being able to keep up w/ Washington’s scoring.
My prediction : Wizards in 5. Washington should quickly dismiss of the Hawks, a this team has their eyes on the prize. The Washington Wizards wanna go to the NBA Finals.
The Atlanta Hawks will be sitting home in a few weeks. There just is not enough firepower in this Hawks team right now..
See you in Game 1.
Blue Jays 2, Orioles 1 : Bird Blast – Kendrys Morales hits a walk off solo homer to right center as the Jays win in extras in Toronto. It spoils an outstanding effort by starter Alec Asher, who goes 6 1/3 shutout innings in his Orioles debut. Asher allows just 1 run on 3 hits, he strikes out 5 & walks 1. Asher hits Jose Bautista & allows a single to Troy Tulowitzki before leaving in the 7th w/ 2 men on. Darwin Barney singles off of reliever Donnie Hart to score Bautista & put the Blue Jays ahead 1-0 in the 7th. Roberto Osuna comes on in the 9th to close it out, but allows an infield single to C Wellington Castillo, as OF Craig Gentry runs for Castillo & steals 2nd, moves up on a sacfly & scores on a sacfly by Jonathan Schoop as the O’s manufacture a run to tie it. Then in the bottom of the 9th, Morales walks it off (#2) against reliever Tyler Wilson to give the Jays their first win in the last 8 games.
Bal (7-3) Tor (2-9)
WP : Osuna (1-0)
LP : Wilson (1-1).
GO O’S!! #BirdFightRoundFive
Orioles 6, Blue Jays 4 : O’s Canada – The Orioles continue to dominate Toronto as they defeat the Jays for the 4th straight time this year, rallying from a 3-1 deficit to comeback & win in Toronto. Justin Smoak singles home a run in the 2nd & hits a solo shot (#1) in the 4th to put Toronto ahead 3-1. Jonathan Schoop hits a solo shot (#2) & J.J. Hardy hits a 2-run blast (#1) to put the Birds ahead 4-3 in a 3-run 5th & Chris Davis hits a solo shot (#3) in the 6th to make it 5-3 & knock Jays starter Aaron Sanchez from the game. Sanchez goes 5 1/3, he allows 5 runs on 7 hits, walking 1 & striking out 3. O’s starter Wade Miley goes 6 innings, he allows 3 runs on 5 hits, striking out 8 & walking none, after walking 7 men in his last start. Seth Smith hits a solo shot (#2) in the 9th to make it 6-3 & Zach Britton closes it out for his 55th consecutive Save. Toronto has now lost 7 in a row.
Bal (7-2) Tor (1-9)
WP : Miley (1-0)
LP : Sanchez (0-1)
S : Britton (5).
GO O’S!! #BirdFightRoundFour
Orioles 2, Blue Jays 1 : Pitching a Fit – In a tightly contested pitchers duel, Kevin Gausman gets just enough run support & the O’s win already win their fourth 1 run game of the year. The Birds score twice in the 5th against Jays starter Francisco Liriano, as Jonathan Schoop doubles to center to drive in C Wellington Castillo & scores on a single by J.J. Hardy to make it 2-0 Orioles. Liriano strikes out 10, as the Jays lefty was on his game, despite a bad 5th inning. He goes 6 2/3, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, he walks 2. Gausman is just as dominant, going 6 innings, allowing 1 run on 5 hits, he walks 2 & strikes out 3. Zach Britton closes it out in the 9th for his 54th consecutive Save in a row. The Orioles have now defeated the Blue Jays for the third time in a row this year & their 6-2 record is all against the AL East. Baltimore is off to a strong start & sits all alone in 1st place.
Bal (6-2) Tor (1-8)
WP : Gausman (1-0)
LP : Liriano (0-1)
S : Britton (4). GO O’S!! #BirdFightRoundThree