Chris Davis‘ struggles for the Baltimore Orioles have been well-documented. That seemed to end this afternoon as Davis finally got himself on the board with a base hit. And not just any base hit, a two-RBI single. In total, Davis drove in four runs and recorded three hits this afternoon, much to the delight of starter Andrew Cashner. Cashner’s line: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 K.
That aforementioned two-RBI single came right off the bat in the first inning. The Birds had two on and one out, and Davis clubbed the second pitch he saw into right field, scoring two. The Orioles’ bench flooded onto the field and applauded, and Davis appeared to be trying not to laugh. To their credit, the Fenway crowd applauded for Davis.
But they applauded more in the third inning when Vasquez smacked a two-run homer, tying the game at two. And that moment represented a crossroads for the Orioles. It would have been easy to fold up and assume that the defending champions would make quick meat of them from then on out. Granted Boston’s spotty play didn’t allow that to happen, but neither did the Orioles’ mindset. And that mindset was a winning one today.
The O’s would take the lead back two innings later, once again off the bat of Chris Davis. He smacked an RBI-double, and the O’s held a 3-2 lead. They would extend that lead to 4-2 one inning later in the sixth on Renato Nunez‘s RBI-single. Rio Ruiz would add an RBI-single, and the O’s led 7-2.
And the interesting thing about that is that the ball hit off of several Boston players. That happened several times this afternoon, putting Orioles on base on what should have been outs. It looked like the way games have spiraled out of control for the Orioles at times. Except today it worked in their favor.
Boston put a couple on in the last of the sixth, however the Birds induced a run-scoring double-play, which cut the lead to 7-3. However that’s a win for the defense in a sense. When you’re up by five you’ll trade one run for two outs. The O’s would add an additional run on an error in the seventh, and Nunez would ground into a force out which scored a run. The O’s took a 9-3 lead, and appeared to be cruising.
Boston would threaten once more, however. Vasquez’s two-RBI double cut the lead to 9-5. But this was the Orioles’ day, as well as that of Chris Davis. No Boston rally was going to spoil that.
And as I said above, this was a very sloppy game by the Boston Red Sox. Orioles fans know all too well how that feels, although the Orioles will take any advantages that are given to them. Opponents certainly don’t waste their time taking liberties with the O’s when they are able.
And the fact that Davis won’t have to be hounded and/or hound himself due to that hitless streak will hopefully smooth things out for the entire team. When you set a new MLB record for futility, in general it takes on a life of it’s own. This was no exception. And it’s not as if Davis got his hit and recorded outs the rest of the day. He had three hits and four RBI on the day!
The series continues tomorrow from Fenway Park. John Means gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s David Price. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.
What, Davis getting a hit? I would agree. As I suspect would Chris Davis.
please please please stop writing you make me sick get your pom poms you cheerleader keep it up qutie pie
I report on the games. I write what I see. Show me where I come across as a “cheerleader.” Furthermore I would challenge you to do better if you don’t like what I have to say. But you can’t, because you don’t have the bully pulpit that I do. So that leaves you with two choices, either read another column, or continue reading here. Actually I take that back, three choices – you could write your own column. But I’ll go out on a limb and say that you don’t have the gumption or the necessary savior faire about the sport and the team to do that. Good day.
im born and raised in baltimore your writing is TERRIBLE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE GO AWAY BIG BOY YOU MAKE THE PEOPLE OF BALTIMORE SICK BESIDES YOU ARE NOT AND WILL NEVER BE ONE OF US POOF BE GONE
Thanks for the reminder – I haven’t heard the term “poof be gone” since I was in Junior High School. It’s very simple chief; if you don’t like what I have to say, you can read elsewhere/ good day.
Incidentally “Chris,” I’ve just made it easier on you. Your IP address has been banned from Birdland Crush. So you’re no longer allowed to post commentary here from that IP address. So to you now I say, POOF BE GONE!