Chandler Shepherd got the start for the Baltimore Orioles last night in Toronto. However no pitcher on either side was worth the price of admission last night. Shepherd’s line: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 2 K.
The Orioles trailed 5-0 before they could even get started. However once they got started, they were really in business. And that was due to the efforts of Austin Hays – among others.
Hays smacked a three-run homer in the third to cut the Toronto lead to 5-3. While Toronto would extend the lead to 6-3 later on, Hays also took extra bases away from them with a leaping catch at the center field wall. He would add a solo homer in the fifth, which followed a solo shot by Jonathan Villar. Add on a two-run shot by Rio Ruiz, and the O’s had a 7-6 lead.
After Toronto tied the score at seven in the seventh, the O’s got RBI-singles from Hays and Villar in the eighth to take a 9-7 lead. However Toronto would tie the score back up in the ninth inning at nine, and to extra innings we went. Yet again.
This game showcased the future for the O’s in Austin Hays, as well as a bit of the past. Chris Davis homered in the twelfth to give the Orioles the lead back. However Toronto came back with a sac fly-RBI in the last of the twelfth, and we played on. Finally Alford’s walk off homer in the 15th won it for Toronto.
The Birds walked off losers last night, but the real story of the game was Austin Hays. The guy’s done nothing but play hard and make big plays since he’s been called up. Now I will caution fans that often times you don’t want to put too much stock in both Spring Training stats and those from September. They can be very deceiving.
However as deceiving as those stats can sometimes be, the effort Hays has put in can’t be questioned. Neither can the results. He’s been a shot in the arm to the team and to the fan base. All they can hope is that it continues.
The series in Toronto continues this evening at Rogers Centre. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Anthony Kay. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.