Baltimore Orioles: Power rules the yard once again

It’s tough to put a finger on the fact that the Baltimore Orioles have been so streaky this year, and why. For nearly a month-and-a-half it seemed that they could do nothing right. It’s almost a miracle that they didn’t get no-hit in that span. Yet this week they’ve managed to turn it on and all but bludgeon Texas into oblivion.

Wade Miley was unable to continue the Orioles’ streak of quality starts. In fact he turned in what comes across as a typical outing for him. Miley’s line: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 3 K. He gave up an RBI-single to Beltre in the first inning, and an RBI-double to Gomez in the second. So Texas actually did lead for part of the game.

But Oriole bats battled back, staying hot. Jonathan Schoop smacked a solo homer in the last of the fourth to cut the lead in half. Yet, Texas actually did put up a fight in this game, because before the Orioles could get him out of the game Miley gave up a three-run homer to Napoli. So…was that the death blow in this game for the O’s?

A week ago it might well have been. 5-1 would have been insurmountable. Heck, 1-0 was almost insurmountable a week ago. (I know that it was the all-star break a week ago, but work with me,) But the Orioles battled back – and right away, at that.

Adam Jones, “The Captain,” led the charge. He smacked a two-run homer in the last of the fifth to bring the birds to within 5-3. That was followed by a solo shot by Mark Trumbo later in the inning, cutting the Texas lead to one at 5-4. Suddenly it was a one-run game, which is what it was prior to Napoli’s three-run homer.

And with that, a Joey Rickard RBI-single in the sixth tied the game up. And the O’s all but immediately took the lead on an RBI-single by none other than Jones, followed by a two-RBI single by Schoop. Tack on a Davis solo homer in the seventh, and the O’s had a pretty good night at the plate.

Texas did threaten against Britton in the ninth, netting two runs on a two-RBI single by Choo. However that was the only damage done, and the O’s took game four, 9-7. It was a four-game sweep of Texas, which is a tough thing to do. As I said, it’s amazing how streaky this team has been, but the fact is that they rode lows for a long time. Now they’re riding a high that they hope continues.

The Houston Astros now come to town for a three-game set over the weekend at Camden Yards. Ubaldo Jimenez gets the start tonight for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Houston’s Mike Fiers. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

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