Written by Michael Williams
Gausman, Cruz, and Pearce lead the Orioles to a 2-0 win over the Rays
Nelson Cruz hit a solo home run off the catwalk in the eighth inning and Steve Pearce hit an RBI double as the Orioles pitching was perfect in a 2-0 win in today's rubber game with the Rays in Tampa Bay. Kevin Gausman threw 111 pitches through six scoreless innings and picked up the win despite allowing loading the bases to start the game. The Orioles bullpen allowed no runs over three innings with Zach Britton picking up his 9th save.
- Kevin Gausman took the mound for the third time since rejoining the Orioles. He had a difficult time adapting to the minor league home plate umpire's strike zone in the 1st inning needing 35 pitches to get out of it after a walk, a bloop hit and and a J.J. Hardy error loaded the bases. Two strike outs and flyout killed the rally. A great start for Gausman again. Final Line 6 innings 5 hits 1 walk 5 strike outs no runs 111 pitches, 70 strikes. Well more like 80, but - Minor League Umpire.
- Tommy Hunter pitched two perfect innings of relief. Really.
- Zach Britton got a swinging strike out, ground ball out, and a swinging strike out in the 9th for his 9th save of the season. He hasn’t allowed a run since May 28th and has six straight saves and 9 of 10 on the season.
- Steve Pearce collected two doubles and a walk out of the number 2 spot of the lineup. He was removed in the ninth inning for David Lough as a pinch runner after experiencing some pain in his groin.
- Nelson Cruz went 0-for-3 before he hit his first home run since June 3rd. He has 22 for the season.
- Manny Machado dove for a ball that was heading into the corner, it changed the game completely. J.J. Hardy lost the handle on a transfer in the first inning for a devastating error. Kevin Gausman picked him up.
- Adam Jones. Glove, Ball, Wall. To end the seventh.
Key Moments in game:
- Kevin Gausman stayed strong and unrattled after a J.J. Hardy error loaded the bases with no out in the first inning. He was masterful getting out of that jam.
Observations and musings
- Kevin Gausman lowered his ERA to .274. He's for real. His fastball was clocked at 98 mph on several occasions.
-Tommy Hunter was fantastic. For two innings. Really. Tommy Hunter.
The Orioles have the day off tomorrow before starting a series in the Bronx on Friday. I will be in attendance.
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