I’m unsure of how many times it’s going to be necessary for Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles to get the last laugh on Boston. Throughout all of the theatrics of the week at Fenway, Machado’s consistently stood above the fray in a sense, and has consistently hurt Boston on the field in the games. That trend continued last night.
Tyler Wilson had to be summoned from Norfolk to get the start for the Birds after they had to burn a starter and relievers on Wednesday. Wilson’s line: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Wilson pitched to contact all night, which kept his pitch count down. But most importantly, he put the Birds in a spot to win the game. And that’s all you can ask of a starter.
Unfortunately for the O’s, they had to play a bit of catch-up. Boston got a two-RBI single from Bogaerts in the first inning, which gave them a 2-0 lead. However the Orioles weren’t going silently into the night. In the third they executed a double-steal, with Seth Smith swiping home plate. That cut the lead in half at 2-1, albeit briefly. Pedroia led off the last of the third with a solo homer, and Boston led 2-1.
But as I said, the Birds weren’t going quietly. In five plate appearances, Smith got on base five times. This included a two-RBI double in the fourth which tied the game. But it was Machado who delivered the fatal blow, and sent the final message back to the Boston clubhouse. Later in the inning he smacked a three-run homer over the green monster, and the O’s suddenly led 6-3.
Hardy and Jones would add RBI-singles later in the inning, and the Orioles headed home after an 8-3 victory at Fenway Park. So what was “the story” of this series – the theatrics, or Manny Machado owning the Boston Red Sox? Because that’s pretty much what happened. Boston pitching was unable to solve him, and he really made them pay.
The Orioles are just happy to be out of Boston and now heading home, even if technically just for a few games. The ChiSox come to town this weekend, followed by the Washington Nationals for a truncated two-game series on Monday and Tuesday. The Orioles of course will then head down to DC for two games on Wednesday and Thursday. Those are obviously road games, but…it’s the Battle of the Beltways. You get the idea.
The series with Chicago begins tonight at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Wade Miley will be on the mound for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by former Oriole Miguel Gonzalez. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.