Tonight we learned that Po of Teletubbies fame is a White Sox fan. Or maybe an Orioles fan, too, despite his jersey. Either way, he had great seats at tonight’s game.
There was some good news from this game, and it came in the form of Jake Arrieta. Despite errors all around him, he managed to remain composed and push through, which is a huge step for a pitcher on the road to maturity. That being said, even though the offense got him a no-decision by tying things up late, he was let down by his defense, and that was mainly on Chris Davis.
Let’s talk about Chris Davis really quickly. It was painful, so I’ll try to get through it really quickly and go back to watching Richard Hammond run things over with a tank, which is what I’m doing now as I write this.
Let’s not talk about the crush I had on Hammond in high school, okay? Basically, Chris Davis ruined the sixth inning by failing to catch two balls. This led to Arrieta having to make five outs total in the inning, throwing 30 pitches. It’s really not fair, considering that over his first five innings Arrieta only threw 65 total. He was cruising through this game.
Also of note is that Matt Wieters made two throwing errors tonight. Generally, he doesn’t make too many of those, but he’s made three this year already after making five total last season. That’s…not good. We need to fix that, Weets, because that’s disconcerting. Very, very disconcerting.
Oh, and Nolan Reimold made an Ike Davis catch (which means he flew over the railing but held on to the ball). Except there was a runner on third and it became a sac fly because Nolan was in the seats. Yep. I think that pretty much sums this game up in a nutshell – stuff like that.
Suddenly, everything changed in the ninth. Nolan Reimold hit a solo homer to bring the score to 4-3, and after an out Adam Jones slugged one, too, tying it up. And once again, there was free baseball. This is the tenth game of the season and the Orioles have already gone into extras twice already – three times in ten games is a little strenuous on the viewer in some cases, no?
Tonight, though, was a good case. Mark Reynolds led off in the tenth and hit what looked to be a long fly ball out to center. It was dropped, which somehow placed him on third base even though he didn’t hustle right out of the gate. Things got stranger when Chris Davis, the goat of the game up until this point, doubled off the wall in left field, which scored Reynolds. Andino then followed with an infield hit, which meant there were men on first and third with no outs for Nolan Reimold, who started the rally in the ninth. Nolan smacked a base hit, bringing home Davis. J.J. Hardy bunted, hoping to advance the runners…and ended up getting on base, loading them up instead.
The first out didn’t come until Markakis came up with the bases loaded and Andino was forced out at home. That’s how weird this tenth inning was. Jones followed with a strikeout, which continued his rough night at the plate, though. Meh.
God Weets hit a grand slam, making it 10-4. Pedro Strop, who came on in the ninth, ended up getting a win. He shut the door easily in the tenth and this team actually clawed back to a victory.
I can’t even. Between Richard Hammond driving a freaking tank on my TV and the Orioles doing this, I just can’t.
I should probably just go to bed now. Yay winning? Yay winning!