The Baltimore Orioles got a look at the version of Alex Cobb for which they signed up when they inked him back in spring training. It wasn’t perfect per se, but few outings at Fenway Park are going to be for any pitcher. But it was good enough to win last night – and that’s all that’s important. Cobb’s line: 6.1 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K.
The Birds got on the board early on a Trumbo RBI-groundout in the first inning. Cobb gave up ten hits on the day, however for the most part the Birds were able to get out of those base runner situations unscathed. And that’s the key in baseball – getting yourself out of trouble.
Cobb in effect made one bad pitch – and it ended up being a solo homer off the bat of Betts in the third inning. Other than that, he worked out of most situations that arose. One inning after that homer the Birds got the lead back – and then some. Adam Jones‘ two-RBI single gave the O’s a 3-1 lead. Jones would also take second on a throwing error. Manny Machado would also add a two-run scoring single.
And just like that, the Orioles led 5-1 at Fenway Park. And it was due to a big inning, which was exactly how it had to be. Fenway’s been a tough place for the Birds to play the past few years. So had the lead been one or two runs, it might have been tougher to manage. But a big inning put everyone at east just a bit – including Cobb.
And sure enough, Boston did make a bit of a run. They would add two runs in the fifth to cut the lead to 5-3. However Jonathan Schoop would smack a solo homer in the seventh, extending the Birds’ lead to 6-3. And Boston came back again in the eighth – on a Nunez RBI-double. But Trumbo’s RBI-double in the ninth inning ran the score to 7-4, which held up in the last of the ninth.
This was the Orioles’ first road victory on the season at a place other than Yankee Stadium. It was also Cobb’s first victory as an Oriole, which he addressed after the game (quote courtesy of Rich Dubroff, mlb.com):
Baseball is a crazy game, and you could have won some of those games, but I believe that when you have the ball in your hand, you have the ability to win a ballgame. I love the win. I love that column next to your name when you feel like you really show that you put your team in a position to win multiple nights.