Baltimore Orioles: Walk off win by Jonathan Schoop in the twilight zone

Jonathan Schoop won the game for the Baltimore Orioles – in the twilight zone. I’ve said many times that when baseball games go past twelve innings they go into “the twilight zone.” Strange things are liable to happen, as eventually fatigue takes over. And whomever has that happen first, loses.

Kevin Gausman pitched a gem for the O’s, and it’s a shame that he couldn’t get the win. Gausman’s line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K. It’s rare that a pitcher is going to toss a shutout and not get the win. It’s also worth mentioning that Buck Showalter matched up perfectly in this game regarding the bullpen. Admittedly it’s easier to do that after September 1st when rosters expand, however a lesser manager wouldn’t have had the savoir faire to do it the way Showalter did.

This game had a bit of everything – except runs, that is. But we did see a lot of fine defensive plays on both sides which in theory kept the game and the 0-0 draw going. But perhaps none more so than Trey Mancini‘s catch in the top of the 13th to end the inning. On a liner to left field, Mancini was off balance; yet he reached up and back and caught the ball. And that’s what can happen folks…in the twilight zone!

And that set up the last of the 13th. Machado led the inning off with an infield single. That brought Schoop to the plate, and his RBI-double walked the Orioles off winners by the score of 1-0. These are the types of games that teams win when they’re in the playoff chase. And the Orioles are very much in that chase.

One interesting point from this game was Adam Jones earning his second career ejection after arguing balls and strikes in the dugout in the first inning. Jones is generally not the type to do that, however he felt that both he and his team were falling victim to an inconsistent strike zone. And quite honestly he probably had a point, as it seemed that any borderline pitch was going Toronto’s way for awhile – regardless of who was pitching and who was in the field.

That right there should have indicated that this game was destined for the twilight zone. However Jones’ replacement, Craig Gentry, had to leave the game also. He injured a finger attempting to bunt in the third inning. Later we found out that the finger was fractured. Gentry now appeared headed to the DL.

The series continues this evening at Camden Yards. Wade Miley gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Marcus StromanGame time is set for just after 7 PM. And that’s it for now…on the twilight zone.

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