Good evening O's fans. I have returned again. It seems like my days have just been to crazy to post lately. This amazing season by the O's just keeps on going. After a tough road trip through Detroit taking 2/3 and then dropping 2/3 to the menacing Rangers. A 3 and 3 road trip through these two cities you have to be happy with. The O's then came home to face the eastern division rival Blue Jays sweeping two with the last game rained out. Now the first place Chicago White Sox are in town coming in having won six in a row. Last night the O's win a thriller 4-3. Nate McClouth came through with a huge clutch two run home run in the bottom of the 8th to give the O's a 4-3 lead and then Jim Johnson comes in to close it out for his league leading 40th save. Amazing. This team just continues to amaze people. The important thing is that they are not amazing themselves. They believe they can win everyday.
That takes us to today's game. I was listening to the radio before the game and the feeling was that the O's are going to show up lose to Chris Sale and come back tomorrow. Chris Sale came in a dominate 15-4 with a 2.75 era. On paper, the Orioles lose this game as the O's had fastball throwing Chris Tillman going for them. This is why the game is not played on paper. The Orioles knocked Sale around for 4 runs in 4 innings, 6 hits, and 3 walks and his night was done early. Nick Markakis came through with a huge bases clearing 3 run, 2 out double in the 2nd inning. The O's jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Lew Ford then hit his 2nd home run in as many nights giving the O's a 4-0 lead in the 3rd. Adam Jones's 111 at bat home run drought ended tonight with a opposite field home run just on the top of the score board, his 25th this year and 100th for his career. Now that is out of the way and he can move on.
Chris Tillman, the underdog in this game is given the early 3-0 lead and never looked back. Chris goes 7 innings, giving up 1 hit while striking out 5, taking his record to 7-2 with a 3.26 era. He has been the clutch pitcher the O's desperately needed. Brian Matusz came in and pitched the last 2 innings striking out 2. Maybe this is where Brian Matusz will shine for the Orioles. The O's need that left handed presence in the bullpen down the stretch. Speaking of left handers, the newly acquired Joe Saunders will be on the hill tomorrow in game 3 of this series. Lets hope he continues the Magic for this team!!
The O's have a tough stretch ahead, two more against the White Sox and then a trip to the Bronx for what they hope to be a first place showdown. This is the greatest feeling. It is so awesome to have meaningful baseball in late August. This is going to be a fun and exciting September.