In Baltimore, people don’t really believe it’s Spring until the boys in orange and black hit the diamond in late March/early April. The O’s came into Opening Day 2014 with a mission this season which all begins with defeating the defending world champions Boston Red Sox. Baltimore gets off to a good start for 2014 beating the Red Sox by a score of 2-1.
Red Sox starter Jon Lester, who rarely loses when he pitches against the O’s, earned the loss today pitching seven innings giving up six hits, two earned runs and still managed to strikeout eight Oriole batters. If the O’s plan to continue to win this season they cannot afford to have one-third of their total outs in one single game be when they don’t even put the ball in play. Orioles starter Chris Tillman earned a no-decision pitching five innings giving up seven hits one earned run, one walk and striking out four, Zach Britton earned the first win for the O’s this season pitching two scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Tommy Hunter, who was appointed closer for the season, earned the first Orioles save this season.
Newly acquired outfielder Nelson Cruz definitely earned his orange and black stripes today hitting the go-ahead solo home run of Jon Lester, which would be the winning run and his first home run as an Oriole in the seventh inning to put away the Sox. This may not have come as a surprise to some people as Cruz had hit .455 in the last five years when facing Lester. Centerfielder Adam Jones recorded the O’s only and first multi-hit game today going 2 for 3 with two singles. One Red Sox highlight was Grady Sizemore going 2 for 4 with a solo home run. Before today Sizemore hadn’t played in a game in almost three years.
The Orioles will have tomorrow off and then will face off with the Red Sox again on Wednesday at 7:05pm/ET at Camden Yards. Probables for that game will be John Lackey (BOS) vs. Ubaldo Jimenez (BAL).
About the Author
Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College).