Baltimore Orioles sweep Boston away at the Fens

If you would have told me that the Baltimore Orioles would have put two runs across in yesterday’s game and that Wade Miley would only go five innings, I would have assumed that the Birds would have lost. But I’d be wrong. Furthermore, those two runs came in the first inning; Miley and the Orioles’ bullpen really did a great job keeping Boston at bay. Miley’s line: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 4 K.

Adam Jones opened the scoring in the first inning with an RBI-double that gave the O’s a 1-0 lead. Trey Mancini would then hop one over the wall for a ground-rule double, which scored Jones. Before you could blink the O’s had a 2-0 lead.

But little did we know that would be all they’d put across. It’s somewhat surprising given the way that the other two games in this series went, however on the flip side a pitcher’s duel is also a nice change of pace. This is not to say that Boston never threatened. Devers’ RBI-single in the sixth cut the Orioles’ lead to 2-1. Boston would later load the bases, however Betts struck out to end the inning.

The win puts the Orioles right back at the .500 mark for the season. They’ve struggled to get back there, yet all it took was a weekend trip to Fenway. They’re also two games back of the final wild card spot. The team immediately in front of them? Seattle. And they come to Camden Yards starting tonight. This could be the most important series of the year.

Make no mistake about the fact that this was a big win for the O’s, and a big series sweep. Nobody would have blamed them for dropping the finale and going back home after taking two-of-three. That’s kind of the modus operandi in baseball. But this team was determined to get the sweep, and they did.

Buck Showalter opined afterwards on the atmosphere and feel of the game, and how it felt like a pennant race (quote courtesy of Rock Kubatko, MASNsports):

It felt like a game we were going to try to … We had first and third and nobody out in the fourth and didn’t push a run across, and that usually bites you here. We walked eight of their guys. That usually bites you. We were lucky to catch them with some of their key people hurt. Sometimes, you catch a break there. But our guys did what it took. As far as the atmosphere, they’ve done great things this year and we’re fortunate today. You usually don’t win those types of games.

The O’s now head home for the aforementioned huge series with Seattle. Chris Tillman gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Seattle’s Marco Gonzales. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

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