Both the Baltimore Orioles and the Oakland Athletics are teams who are both fighting to make the postseason, as they were last season. Baltimore came into this game trying to reach closer to the second wild-card spot in the American League and they did winning tonight by a score of 9-7 despite being outhit by the A’s. The lead changed three times in the bottom fourth, top fifth and bottom seventh.
Oakland was the first to score a run in this ballgame, Oakland coming into tonight was 45-20 when scoring first but this stat sure didn’t help them pull out a victory. Both of the teams batted around the order in one inning: Baltimore in the fourth and Oakland in the fifth. The A’s have now lost four of their last six games and the O’s have won two in a row.
Orioles starter Bud Norris, who not only had done well since being traded to the O’s but well when pitching against the AL West, earned a no decision thanks to some help from the batting order pitching four and two-thirds innings giving up nine hits, five runs, three walks and striking out seven. A’s starter Dan Straily, who has not won since before the All-Star break, also earned a no decision pitching three and one-third innings giving up four hits, six runs, four walks and two strikeouts. Francisco Rodriguez earned the win for the O’s, Ryan Cook earned the loss for the A’s and Jim Johnson earned his 40th save pitching a perfect ninth inning. Johnson had blown his last three save opportunities before tonight’s save which may take some pressure off Johnson but still motivates him to prevent himself from entering another slump.
Chris Davis for the O’s went 0 for 3 with an RBI reached on an error which puts him tied for 9th all-time for RBI’s in a Orioles season with Albert Belle who had 117 in 1999. Veteran second baseman Brian Roberts went 1 for 3 with a grand slam, Adam Jones went 1 for 3 with a home run and 3 RBI’s, Matt Wieters had a multi-hit game and Nick Markakis added an RBI. The A’s Coco Crisp tied a career high for himself in this game with four hits, one being a solo home run. Brandon Moss and Eric Sogard also had multi-hit and multi-RBI games for the Athletics.
The second game of this series will be tomorrow in the afternoon at 4:05pm/ET at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Starting pitchers will be Tommy Milone (OAK 9-9 4.30 ERA) vs. Chris Tillman (BAL 14-4 3.79 ERA).
About the Author
Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College).