Written by Michael Williams
Canada does not deserve Baseball any more than St. Petersburg does. No one attends their games.
Miguel Gonzalez walked Bautista, but struck out Encarnacion in the first inning. He was perfect in the second. He split finger pitch showing more movement than Dickey's knuckleball. Josh Thole doubled past a diving Chris Davis for the first hit off Gonzalez to lead off the third inning. A popup followed for the first out. Miguel Gonzalez fastball was sittling at 92 MPH in this inning. He struck out Reyes with a 12-to-6 curveball. He then struck out Melky Cabrera to end the inning with no score.
Two very quick outs in the fourth before a triple that both Cruz and Jones misplayed a bit. Miguel pitched around Colby Rasmus. Brett Lawrie then popped out without damage. Clean fifth. K and two pop outs. Totally keeping the Jays off balance.
A normal tapper to start off the sixth inning was booted for an error by Steve Lombardozzi. Bautista then broke his bat flaring a single to very short center. Encarnacion then tied the game up. Gonzalez left the game with two outs after hitting Lawrie.
T.J. McFarland walked the first batter he faced, then got out of the sixth inning with no further damage. After a two out walk to Bautista, Ryan Webb then came on to face Encarnacion. He got the out.
Evan Meek came on to work the eighth inning. Single to start then a walk. No outs. Lawrie homered.
Josh Stinson relieved Meek. One inherited runner. Then a single. The another three run homer. There is an out.
Steve Clevenger pounded a double in his first ever at bat against a knuckleballer. Other than Clevenger and Cruz (who hit one 500 ft, foul) no firm contact in the early going with Dickey. Steve Clevenger got the second Orioles hit against Dickey, in his second at bat vs. a knuckleballer. It was his first single of the season. All his other hits have been for extra bases.
Steve Lombardozzi opened the sixth inning with a ball the the Canadians misplayed into a double. His first double of the season. Well hustled. Nick Markakis walked. Then Nelson Cruz hit a fastball 425 feet to score three. With two down in the inning, Steve Clevenger walked, Delmon Young was hit by a pitch, and Ryan Flahery walked. Then Jon Schoop struck out on three pitches. A young hitter.
Lombardozzi singled to start the seventh inning and Nick Markakis doubled. Cruz grounded out not advancing the runners on second and third. Chris Davis walked. Adam Jones was at the plate with the bases loaded and only one out. He flailed at two outside pitches. And then an inside pitch. Steve Clevenger went down 0-2. He then struck out on a ball outside and in the dirt.
Steve Lombardozzi singled in the ninth. So did Nick Markakis.
Defensive Highlights/ Lowlights
Nelson Cruz tapped the triple away from Adam Jones. But he made up for it in other ways. Steve Lombardozzi made a crucial error to start off the sixth inning. Nelson Cruz backed up Adam very nicely on a single that was hit in the eighth. Kept it to a single on a big bounce off the carpet.
Key Moments In The Game
The Orioles had the Bases loaded in the seventh inning with one out. Jones and Clevenger then struck out on six pitches.
Evan Meek had nothing.
Other Notes/ Musings
John Gibbons had Gonzalez glove inspected for foreign substances before the fifth inning. The Umpires found nothing. And Miggy was just as nasty.
The Orioles Bullpen is in tatters. It might be a long series.
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