Goodbye Mr. Davis; Sweeping the Bosox
Nice to wake up today to see that the Orioles lost Chris Davis for the season. Yes that’s sarcasm. Sure, he’s been a flop for most of the year, but his homers certainly have been effective. What else could go wrong for this team that is running away with the AL East? First we lost switch-hitting catcher, Matt Wieters. Next, the wonderful Manny Machado and now Davis. That’s a lot of punch out of the team.
No comment on the drug Davis took. He knew what he was doing. And in the first game of his suspension, the Orioles couldn’t hit the ball for 10 innings (Yankees). And Jim Parades just won with a pinch hit double. It was another episode of Orioles magic again.
Well, we hit the ball in the Red Sox series. And pitched extremely well. On Monday, it was Miguel Gonzalez’s turn in the rotation. He scattered 6 hits into the seventh inning. It was a rare non-homer day for Baltimore. Nelson Cruz and Steve Pearce both had a pair of hits in the 4-0 win. Tommy Hunter faced 4 hitters in relief and fanned three of them.
Game two was an official welcome to Mr. De Aza, the former White Sox outfielder. He blasted a pair of homers in the Orioles 4-1 win over Boston on Tuesday. Adam Jones also connected on a fence-clearing shot. We used five pitchers in securing the win. Davis fanned three times in Chris Tillman’s 13th victory of the season.
By the third game on Wednesday, it was just a matter of time before we swept away the defending World Series champs. So Wei-Yin Chen took the mound in search of win No. 15.
It was really over by the third inning. De Aza drove in a run. Jones had a two-run double. Caleb Joseph and Ryan Flaherty had run-scoring hits as the O’s scored 6 times. Joseph cracked a two-run shot in the 5th. It was 8-0. Believe it not, Flaherty had 4 hits in the 10-6 win. Joseph had 3 hits. Joe Saunders was terrible in relief but even a five-run frame by the Sox didn’t pay off with a win. Oh, Mr. Davis fanned two more times in this sweep
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