Thanks for bailing us out again, man. (Image from Wikipedia.)
Well, look at these kids all of a sudden! They just came back to win a ballgame!
It started out like pretty much any other Orioles game during this rough stretch – one little blip of scoring early (a Mark Reynolds solo shot in the first inning), and that was it for a very long time. In the meantime, the Twins answered with two runs in the first inning and added a third run on later, so things looked like, well, they usually do.
Then the Orioles managed to take advantage of a Twins error in the seventh inning and pushed across a run. In the eighth, Mark Reynolds came through again with a clutch single that drove in two more runs, making the score 4-3 in favor of the visitors from Baltimore. That was the final score. This team actually came back and won a baseball game.
They couldn’t have done so, however, if Wei-Yin Chen hadn’t pitched seven solid innings. Possibly inspired by Tommy Hunter’s start last night, Chen gutted out a strong start of his own, keeping the Orioles in the game and allowing their comeback to occur. Without Chen’s effort, this team wouldn’t have been able to win this afternoon, which should stand as a reminder just how important starting pitching really is when it comes to winning ballgames.
A series split should be the first step in the right direction for this team, though. Now that they’ve been reminded that they can win, they need to go out and actually do that. There are certainly still issues that need to be addressed (ahem, offense), but the team can still win as they are. They’re actually in contention for the AL Wild Card right now, something I never would have dreamed of even a year ago. Just because they can win as they are, however, shouldn’t be a reason to not fix things that need to be fixed, and with the trade deadline looming in a couple of weeks we’re running out of time to patch the issues and make repairs.
Off to Cleveland for now! Let’s try winning a series this time.