Baltimore Orioles sweep Kansas City away behind Jeremy Hellickson

Jeremy Hellickson wasn’t a member of the Baltimore Orioles in 2014 when they were unceremoniously swept in the ALCS by Kansas City. However there had to be a few Orioles who were thinking about that last night as the Birds swept Kansas City behind a dominant effort by Hellickson in his  Orioles’ debut. Hellickson’s line: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K.

Sweeping a regular season series isn’t payback per se for a playoff sweep. But given that this is a Kansas City team that was often seen gesturing towards the Orioles’ dugout in a taunting anner in that series among other things, odds are a few Orioles thought back to that. Ultimately when you don’t yield any runs, there’s no chance of losing. That’s a truth that’s been proven in baseball time and time again.

The Orioles’ other new acquisition, Tim Beckham, got the scoring started in the last of the second with an RBI-double.A few moments later Caleb Joseph smacked a two-run homer, and the O’s led 3-0. However in the middle of the third a rain storm hit Camden Yards, sending the game into a rain delay.

The delay lasted all of 35 minutes, and was more of an annoyance than anything else. But it didn’t change how dominant Jeremy Hellickson was looking in his Orioles’ debut. He mowed Kansas City hitters down left and right, and the Orioles’ 3-0 lead seemed to stand up. He did run into some trouble in the sixth with two runners in scoring position and nobody out, however he pitched out of it.

The Birds would add to their lead in the last of the eighth, cementing the win and the sweep. Chris Davis‘ two-RBI double ran the score to 5-0, and Tim Beckham smacked an RBI-triple to run it to 6-0. Beckham’s looked well worth his price as well since coming to Baltimore. Granted he’s also gotten on base consistently which is good to see, however if there’s one thing that’s striking about him it’s his speed. With most other players that RBI-triple probably would have been a double. Not with Tim Beckham. He’s fast as the day is long – and the Orioles could use that type of speed.

Kansas City was pretty hot coming into the series, but the Orioles made them look pedestrian. And as we know, teams will go through bad spurts over the course of a season. They’ll hopefully also go through good spurts, which is what we’re now seeing out of the Birds. It’s up to them whether or not that continues, and for how long.

The Orioles will now open up a three-game ser with Detroit at Camden Yards. Chris Tillman gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Detroit’s Matthew Boyd. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

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