It’s seventh heaven for Orioles fans tonight! The Orioles have won their 7th straight game to open 2016, not to mention have now scored 18 runs in 2 games at Fenway Park. The Orioles continue their historic begin to this season with another offensive onslaught, backed by a pitching performance that was just good enough to get to the O’s offense into their groove.
Mike Wright gets his first win of the season, going 5 innings, on 96 pitches. Mike allowed a home run to Ortiz, his third, a 2-run shot, a double to Mookie Betts which scored Jackie Bradley Jr in the 5th, and through a wild pitch to eventually score Mookie from third. Mike’s final line saw him give up 5 total hits, 4 runs, while walking 1, and striking out 4. Mike also hit Shaw, and Holt.
For the Orioles offense, where do we begin? Joey Rickard extended his season opening hit streak to 7 games, oh, and so did Manny Machado. Mark Trumbo deserves his own blog for tonight’s performance. Trumbo hammered a 3-2 pitch over the green monster out onto Lansdowne street, 416′ away to scoring Chris Davis to tie the game at 4 in the 5th.
Let’s not forget James Jerry Hardy tonight. Wow. JJ was on his home run game tonight as well, and it’s a good thing he only needed the pesky pole to aid. JJ smacked a 1-2 pitch from Buchholz just beyond the right field wall to tie the game at 2. That ball traveled 327′ away. Then in the 7th, he did it again… Literally! A 2-1 pitch from Robbie Ross Jr. was sent to the exact same spot, traveling 328′! That was the dagger in the coffin as it put the Orioles up 9-4.
For the bullpen, Dylan Bundy came in for Mike Wright, allowing 3 hits on 1 run through 2.1 innings. TJ McFarland was next, and only gave up 1 hit through an inning and a third. Finally, to get the final out in the 9th, Darren O’Day came on, allowed a 2-out double to Mookie Betts, and then retired Dustin Pedroia on a ground out to Manny Machado.
What a night for the Orioles, and their fans who are truly witnessing a magical start to this 2016 season! Ubaldo Jiminez will start on Wednesday night, trying to keep this train rolling down the unbeaten path.