The script appeared to be the same for the Baltimore Orioles yesterday. Wade Miley gave up an unearned run off of a Jonathan Schoop error early in the game, which all but should have assured a St. Louis victory. Nary a few moments later, it was 9-1. Yes folks, 9-1…in favor of the O’s! Miley’s line: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R (5 earned) 4 BB, 8 K.
Schoop booted a ball in the first inning which allowed Carpenter to score from third. But that was as close as St. Louis got. Jones and Trumbo smacked back-to-back homers in the last of the first, putting the Orioles ahead for good.
J.J. Hardy smacked a two-RBI double to center in the last of the second, which was followed by a two-run homer by Manny Machado. Add an addtional two-RBI double by Mancini and an RBI-single by Schoop, and suddenly the tables had turned and the rout was on!
However St. Louis didn’t necessarily go quietly into the night. At 9-1 it was fairly clear that the game was over for all intents and purposes. But suddenly it was 9-3 after DeJong’s two-run homer. Yet the O’s weren’t about to cease piling it on. Machado scored on a wild pitch in the last of the fourth, and Schoop (who more than made up for his error) launched a two-run home run which ran the score to 12-3.
St. Louis would net home runs by Molina and Fowler to reach a final tally of seven, but even then the Birds didn’t stop. Schoop launched a second homer (a solo shot) in the last of the seventh, and Hardy added on an RBI-single. One inning later Mancini scored on a pass ball, running the final to 15-7.
These are the types of games that teams have sometimes when they’re breaking out of bad stretches. The Orioles’ offense was well-balanced yesterday afternoon in terms of scoring off the long ball and in other manners. Detractors will point to the fact that they gave up seven runs, and it’s a fair point. But the goal is to win games, and the Orioles did that yesterday.
The key obviously was the second inning, when they put up the nine runs. That effectively ended the competitive part of the game, which was Showalter’s view as well in as many words (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):
It’s a good pitcher, good pitching staff, and just grouped together a lot of good at-bats. I think they know in the American League and in the major leagues period, you never know how much is going to be enough. You better make hay while you can.
The O’s will have a chance at taking the series with St. Louis this afternoon at Camden Yards on Father’s Day. Ubaldo Jimenez returns to the rotation and gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by St. Louis’ Lance Lynn. Game time is set for just after 1:30 PM.