Birds Split with Tribe

Timothy Earl May 29, 2014 Comments Off on Birds Split with Tribe

baltimore-oriolesThe Baltimore Orioles, earned a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday which enabled them to split a four game series with the Tribe at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Outfielder Nelson Cruz led the way with his 16th home run of the year,  making him the leading home run hitter in the AL. Cruz was picked up this off season from the Texas Rangers. He also leads the AL with 44 RBI. Manny Machado also hit his second home run of the year after sitting out two games of the series with a groin injury.

The winning pitcher was Miguel Gonzalez (3-3) who recovered after giving up two runs in the first inning. He lasted six innings, striking out four batters while also walking four. He now has a 4.35 E.R.A.

Zach Britton, taking over for the injured Tommy Hunter, recorded his second save of the year.

The series began on a sour note Thursday for the Orioles as they lost 8-7 in 13 innings, their longest game of the year. The O’s trailed 3-0 before a Ryan Flaherty three-run homer sparked a five run sixth inning and gave the Birds the lead at 5-3.

The game was tied at six before a bases loaded double gave the Tribe an 8-6 lead. A Nick Markakis solo homer in the 13 inning made the score 8-7 but that is where the rally ended for Baltimore.

On Friday night the Orioles won 8-4 behind a four RBI game from slugger Chris Davis. This included his seventh home run of the year, a two-run blast in the seventh inning.

Bud Norris was the winning pitcher, striking out six and walking three. After surrendering four runs in the fourth, Norris settled down and went six innings. His record is (3-4) with a 3.83 E.R.A.

On Saturday night the Orioles lost 9-0. Ex-Indian Ubaldo Jimenez (2-6) took the loss and lasted only four innings. He walked five and struck out three. He allowed five earned runs and has a 4.98 E.R.A.