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Baltimore Orioles: Bingo, Bango, Bongo goes Danny Valencia!

The Baltimore Orioles needed a game in which they came back to win. In the first game of a twin bill late this afternoon against New York at home, they got exactly that. They Birds got a good start of of Jimmy Yacabonis, although he didn’t get a decision in the game. But it begins and ends with starting pitching, and the Birds got what they needed out of him this afternoon. Yacabonis’ line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 5 K.

New York took an early 1-0 lead on a solo homer by Stanton in the second inning. One inning later RBI-singles by Judge and Gregorius gave New York a 3-0 lead. The O’s had their work cut out for them, however for once the long ball ended up being on their side.

Following a Machado double, Mark Trumbo came to the plate in the last of the fourth. And he slugged the Orioles right back into the ballgame, smacking a two-run homer which cut the New York lead to 3-2. That was a bit of a momentum swinger for the Orioles, and normally it’s the type of momentum swing that we see work against them. However for once it worked in their favor, giving them a fighting chance to win.

But they ended up having to work from further behind later on. Walker’s RBI-single in the sixth gave New York a 4-2 lead, and appeared to be an early insurance run. But these O’s weren’t done – not by a long shot, at least in this game. We know that nothing good happens after a walk. New York’s Sabathia walked the first hitter in the last of the sixth, bringing the tying run to the plate…

…and as we’ve seen happen to the O’s in the past, sometimes that one little thing snowballs an inning. I wouldn’t say that’s what happened per se, but it all did work in the Orioles’ favor. Schoop got aboard on a double, bringing the go-ahead run to the plate in the form of Danny Valencia

…who didn’t disappoint. Valencia’s three-run homer gave the O’s a 5-4 lead, their first of the afternoon against New York. And that folks was a huge thing, both for the team, and for Valencia – who had been scuffling for a could of weeks. Zach Britton allowed the tying run to get to third base in the top of the ninth, but in the end he didn’t break. And the Orioles were victorious in game one thanks to Danny Valencia going yard.

Game two of the twin bill is this evening at Camden Yards. Yefry Ramirez gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by New York’s Luis Cessa. Game time is set for…just a few moments from when this is being written!

Baltimore Orioles: Late Danny Valencia homer can’t lift Birds

Dylan Bundy got the start for the Baltimore Orioles this afternoon in the final Sunday game in Sarasota. However Bundy struggled in this game against the NY Mets, making one wonder what kind of work he’ll get as we go into the final week of spring games. Bundy’s line: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R (4 earned), 1 BB, 6 K.

Bundy was hitting the strike zone, evidenced by the six strikeouts. However that’s not always a good thing. If you hit too much of the zone, you’re going to get guys on base and more and more potential for runs. In Bundy’s case, the tone was set in the second inning on a D’Arnaud solo homer which gave New York a 1-0 lead. One inning later Nimmo’s RBI-single would run the lead to 2-0, and D’Arnaud would also add a two-RBI double. Before the middle of the third inning, the Orioles trailed 4-0.

However keep in mind that those issues are all fixable in Bundy’s case. And many of them can be attributed to having an off day. I’ve said many times during many other spring trainings that your average starting pitcher will have 30 starts during the season. 10 will be great, 10 poor, and 10 in-between. (And it’s that final category wherein lies the success or failure of your season.)

But the news wasn’t all bad for the Orioles – hardly, in fact. They got Chris Davis back in the lineup, and the team is saying that he should be ready for Opening Day. And Davis celebrated his return to the lineup by smacking an RBI-single in the last of the third to get the Orioles on the board. However that was all that either team put across until the sixth when New York got an additional run, which ended up being an insurance run.

And keep in mind that insurance runs in baseball are very important. We’ve seen it in the past, and we saw it today. So the Orioles should be wary of that, given the fact that the line between winning and losing can be so fine. 4-1 isn’t a blowout by any means; so in games where you have a score like that, don’t allow the opponent to tack on a cheap run in later innings. Because again, the line between winning and losing is very fine.

Engelb Vielma‘s RBI-single in the last of the eighth brought the O’s to within 5-2. However Danny Valencia followed suit with a two-run homer that brought them to the brink of tying the game. However the game ended in the last of the ninth with the tying run on third. And again, that’s why those insurance runs can be so important.

The Orioles will open the final week of camp on the road tomorrow in Lakeland against Detroit. Chris Tillman gets the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Detroit’s Michael Fulmer. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

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