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  • Aug
    18

    Orioles take rubber game 7-2 over Rockies

    Written by Tony Pente

    Overview

    Chris Davis went 4-for-5 including his 45th home run of the season as Scott Feldman put together a solid outing as the Orioles beat the Rockies 7-2 to take win two out of three of the series.

    Starting Pitching

    Scott Feldman brought his A-game early on needing just 65 pitches to get through the Rockies for the first five innings. In the 6th inning he worked himself into a jam after getting the leadoff batter by walking Cory Dickerson on four pitches before throwing two wild pitches to move him to third. With the dangerous Troy Tulowitzki at the plate, he worked it back to 3-2 before getting the slugger on a great curveball that he swung through for strike three. Feldman then got Cuddyer to fly out to keep the game 3-0.

    Unfortunately, despite going into the 7th inning with just 79 pitches, the Rockies were able to get Feldman and knock him out of the game. Todd Helton started off the 7th with a double and was moved to third on a deep sacrifice fly by Nolan Arenado. On 1-1, Feldman threw a terrible down the middle cutter to Charlie Blackmon who smacked it into the corner for an RBI double. After pitching coach Bill Castro came out for a visit to give Tommy Hunter more time to warm up, Feldman had a complete brain fart and forgot about Blackmon who stole third with no throw. that cost Feldman the Orioles as Blackmon as able to score on a ground out to shortstop to cut the lead to 3-2. Feldman was chased from the game a batter later as DJ LeMahieu hit a sharp single up the middle to put the tie run on.

    Final Line: 6 2/3 IP, 5 hit, 2 BB, 3K.

    Relief Pitching

    - Working in consecutive games, Tommy Hunter came on in the 7th and retired Fowler with the tie run on first.

    - Buck went to Darren O'Day in the 8th after the Orioles scored two-runs to make it 5-2. O'Day labored through his inning of work needing 27 pitches to get through the inning, but he left two runners on and kept it 5-2.

    - After getting a big strikeout against Troy Tulowitzki last night, Buck went back to Josh Stinson for the 9th. Blackmon led off with a soft single but was eliminated in a 6-4-3 double play. He walked the next batter but got the next batter to fly out to left to end the game.

    Hitting

    - Little used Alexi Casilla got the  Orioles on the board first in the second inning hammering a 1-2 two-seam fastball that was up in the zone into right field for an RBI single. Casilla would single later in the game and go 2-for-4 for his first multi-hit game since July 6th.

    - Adam Jones smacked his 25th homer of the season on a down and out slider that he went down and hammered over the left-center fence for a two-run homer to give the Orioles a 3-0 lead. Jones then hammered an inside fastball down into the left field corner in his next at bat for a double. He then scorched a single off Arenado's glove for his second consecutive three-hot game.

    - Brian Roberts stayed red-hot and continues to make his doubters (including yours truly) look bad with another outstanding game at the plate. After going 1-for-2 with a walk, Roberts came up in the bottom of the 7th and delivered a two-run single up the middle scoring Davis and Jones. Roberts is now batting .478 (11-23) over his last seven games with seven runs batted in.

    - Chris -er Crush Davis went into the bottom of the 8th innings 3-for-4 with a double before launching his 45th home run to center field. Davis is now batting .316 (18-57) with seven homers and 16 RBis in August. He's on pace for 59 home runs this season.

    Defensive Highlights/Lowlights

    - In the 3rd inning, Manny Machado ranged far to his glove side but after cleanly fielding the ball he short-hopped the throw to first. Thanks fully Chris Davis made a nice pick. In the 5th inning, Machado made a nice play coming on a bunt to throw out Charlie Blackmon then an out later ranged far to his glove side for another outstanding range play to get DJ LeMahieu for the last out of the inning.

    - In the bottom of the 6th with one out, Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler came in on Taylor Teagarden bloop but misjudged the ball as he slid to make the catch giving Teagarden a "double" but more importantly chased starter Chacin from the game after 103 pitches.

    Key Moments

    - After the first two batters went down in the bottom of the third, Chris Davis smacked a two-out double before Adam Jones hit an outside slider over the fence off Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin allowed.

    - After Adam Jones hit a one out double to give the Orioles 2nd and 3rd with one out in the bottom of the 5th, Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu dove for a ball hit up the middle by Nick Markakis that froze the runners and gave the Rockies a big second out. After Brian Roberts walked to load the bases, shortstop Ryan Flaherty worked the count to 3-1 before flying out to center to leave three runners on base.

    - With the Orioles 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position, Brian Roberts ripped a one-out two-run single in the bottom of the 7th to make it 5-2.

    Observations and Musings

    - Who picked out the old school prison uniforms for the Orioles medical staff? The black and gray stripe shirts look they belong on a 1920 chain gang.

    - Nate McLouth had a tough game going 0-for-5 with three strike outs. Although he walked twice last night, he went a combined 1-for-12 in the Rockies series.

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