Monday, September 15, 2014
Last night's 3-2 walkoff win over the Yankees chopped the magic number to three, and tonight's contentious 5-2 victory over the Blue Jays knocked it down to one. The Orioles will take the field at 7:05 tomorrow evening with a chance to sew up their first American League East division crown since 1997. The Yankees have officially been eliminated with another low-scoring walkoff loss tonight, as Tampa Bay eked out a 1-0 win in the bottom of the ninth. That 1997 date keeps cropping up; that was also the last time that the O's finished ahead of New York in the standings. Tonight's winning pitcher was Wei-Yin Chen, whose record improves to a sterling 16-4. He is now the team's winningest lefthander since Jimmy Key in...1997.
A friend who is a Yankee fan (no, those are not mutually exclusive terms) was venting his frustrations on Twitter last night as manager Joe Girardi called upon a noticeably weary David Robertson to face the Birds for the third straight day. Robertson allowed doubles to three of the four Baltimore batters that he faced (Nelson Cruz, Steve Pearce, and Kelly Johnson) in blowing the save before an ESPN viewing audience. My friend noted that the Yankees were five games out of the wild card as of last night, and they've had an exceptionally poor season series against the Orioles. It's 11-4 in favor of the O's with four games remaining between the two in the Bronx next week. If the Yanks indeed miss out on the postseason, the Orioles will take their fair share of credit. It's been a long time coming.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
In unrelated news, today I celebrated one year of marriage. So far, so good!
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
The O's did indeed hold off Boston last night, 4-1. They completed the sweep and clinched a season series win against the Red Sox with a 10-6 win today that featured 10 different players scoring the Orioles' runs, as well as five and a third perfect innings from starter Wei-Yin Chen. Joe Saunders tried to make a nine-run lead disappear in the ninth, but Darren O'Day earned an unexpected save to bail him out. Elsewhere, the Yankees lost 4-3 to the Rays last night and fell back to third place, with Toronto leapfrogging them with a 9-2 win over the Cubs. Toronto's played two more games, however, so they are even with the Yanks when it comes to the magic number calculations. This evening, the Rays have blown a four-run lead over New York; it's tied 4-4 at the moment. The Blue Jays are whipping up on the Cubbies again, so it looks like we'll stay put with Cal Ripken for the time being. Tomorrow's a deserved day off for the Orioles before Friday's doubleheader against the fading Yankees. So it'll be more scoreboard watching for Birdland.