The Baltimore Orioles had a good night last night, although it got a bit more interesting than it should have. First off, they got a solid outing by starter Wade Miley, who put the Bird in a position to win. Miley’s line: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K. You’re going to be tough to beat when you get an effort like that out of your starter; personally I thought it was Miley’s best outing as an Oriole.
Oriole bats remained just as alive as they were the previous night against New York, giving the O’s a big lead. Mark Trumbo got things going in the last of the first with a two-run homer, giving the Birds a 2-0 lead. For a split second however, it appeared that Boston was going to make a game of it early on, as Vazquez’s RBI-single cut the lead in half at 2-1.
However Chris Davis would smack a solo shot in the fourth, and Adam Jones added another in the last of the sixth. Boston asked for a replay review on that homer thinking that there was fan interference, however the call was upheld. It was a weak argument to begin with in my personal view, because there didn’t appear to be any fan interference.
Jonathan Schoop‘s three-run homer broke the game wide open later in that sixth inning, and the O’s held a 7-1 lead. The issue of course was that they still had to record 27 outs in total to win the game. And Boston wasn’t going quietly.
Vazquez added a second RBI-single in the top of the ninth, cutting the lead to 7-2. However there were two outs, so that didn’t seem like a huge issue. Boston would proceed to put runners at the corners, bringing Bradley to the plate. Sure enough, he smacked a three-run homer – all of this against Mike Wright.
The O’s brought in Donnie Hart after that to record the final out, which he did. The final score of 7-5 was obviously not indicative of the ebb and flow of the game per se, as the O’s took it to Boston all game long. However the fact is that ebb and flow mean little while the game’s still going on. It’s not over until you record that 27th out.
Ultimately, the O’s took game one of a very important four-game set. So that’s a good thing. They just didn’t want to make it as interesting as it ended up being in the end.