Alex Cobb started off well enough this afternoon for the Baltimore Orioles. Heck the Orioles as a team started off well enough. Trey Mancini smacked a homer in the second inning which gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead. And Cobb appeared capable of pitching around a few Toronto base runners here and there. But that quickly ended. Cobb’s line: 3.2 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 1 BB, 6 K.
Toronto had runners at first and second in the last of the second with two outs, when they started bleeding to death. It’s amazing to me how teams are able to consistently hit the ball either just past Oriole fielders or just soft enough to where they can’t get to them. Granderson did just that with a two-RBI single; it was a blooper, and Trey Mancini was just deep enough to where he was unable to catch the ball surging in from left field. The ball was hit so softly that the runner from first was able to score and give Toronto the lead.
As I’ve said, if you get runners on base good things can happen. And Toronto seemed to typify that this series. However my point is that the Orioles seem to be able to position their defense in anyway, and yet other teams can find ways to bleed them to death by a paper cut. That Granderson play personifies that.
However after just bleeding the O’s a bit, Toronto decided to gnash them as well. Morales smacked a solo homer in the third, and Granderson a three-run shot in the fourth. And on that three-run homer, Granderson had a 3-0 count. Cobb had to know that Granderson would have a green light – yet he hung a four-seamer on which Granderson jumped. In fairness to Cobb it did appear that the ball hung more than he meant it to. However anticipating that the hitter’s going to have a green light, that’s when you bury the ball in the dirt.
When the smoke cleared after the fifth inning, Toronto had a 13-1 lead. Whether it was an RBI-single deflected by the third baseman, or a cheap homer that barely made it over the wall, Toronto got exactly whatever they needed in this game. And believe me, it had it’s share of strange bounces and flicks off of bags and people’s gloves. One positive note was that Jonathan Schoop was able to perhaps break out of his slump with a solo homer in the seventh. Peterson’s RBI-groundout would close things out at 13-3.