October 10, 2014
Not a good O’Day at the office for the Baltimore Orioles tonight, as they fail to kontain the inkredible Kansas City Royals. Aces were wild in Camden Yards, as the other, “blue crew,” teed off on Tillman for 5 runs, taking a commanding 4 run lead into the 5th.
But the Birds pecked their way back with 3 of their own against an ineffective Shields. Yes, James Shields. Surprisingly, with men in scoring position, KC manager, Ned Jost took a gamble by keeping his star pitcher on the mound, even though he had a bevvy of brilliance in the bullpen.
Fortunately, lady luck paid off as the inning ended on a great stab by Omar Infante, eerily similar to the line drive that alluded Ramirez, which contributed to Kershaw’s unraveling. (I hope Mattingly wasn’t watching the game.)
In the 6th, the very reliable rookie, Brandon Finnegan replacing Shields, did some unraveling of his own, yielding a walk, two steals and two singles, allowing the Orioles to even the score. The Royals had a chance to get the go ahead run in the 7th, but were thwarted by Schoop’s commitment to excellence by staying with the tag on an attempted steal by Dyson. Kelvin Herrara and Wade Davis kept Baltimore at bay with brilliant pitching in the 8th. Kansas City had the holy grail of chances to put the game away with no outs in the 9th when Zach Britton’s unsuccessful sinker loaded the bases on 3 consecutive walks. But Darren O’Day mopped up Britton’s mess by getting Billy Butler to ground into a double play. Wade Davis delivered in the bottom of the inning, by retiring the side in order and then Alex Gordon ruined O’Day’s day in the top of the tenth by putting the Royals ahead with a solo homer that barely made it over the center field wall. Mike Moustakas made matters worse by going yard with a two run shot off of Brian Matusz. The Orioles made it interesting in the bottom of the inning with pinch hitting heroics by Delmon Young, but a shaky Greg Holland fended off a late scare giving his team an unprecedented 4 extra inning wins in post season play. Tonight my friend was a great ALCS opening night!