Comeback Stiffled, Orioles Lose 8-6

Ivan Nova had cruised through 6 innings, without allowing a run, and only giving up 3 hits. Tyler Wilson had the exact opposite of that. Wilson had allowed 5 runs, all earned, on 7 hits, while only completing 4 innings and striking out just 1 batter. Wilson threw 70 pitches (42 strkes), while Nova threw 103 total pitches (71 for strikes).

Mark Trumbo had seen, and heard enough about Nova. He must have been listening to the FOX broadcasters praise Nova, for what seemed like, every pitch. Trumbo absolutely demolished a pitch to the visitor bullpen, 450 feet away, to get the O’s on the board, and make the score 7-1. That set of what seemed like poetry in motion. Matt Wieters tapped a bouncer over the glove of the jumping Nova, and hustled down the line for an infield single. Pedro Alvarez came up, and launched an outside fastball, to left field 359 feet away, scoring Wieters in the process. Three batters later, with Schoop on 2nd after a single, and Flaherty on first after an incredible 10 pitch at-bat, Adam Jones saw one pitch from reliever Nick Goody, and sent the second pitch 411′ away, making the score 7-6.

Orioles fans, and Orioles Twitter were right back in this ball game.

Vance Worley had come on in the 9th to replace Brian Duensing, who had only allowed 1 hit, while striking out 1, and was expected to get through the 9th inning without any blemishes, as Zach Britton sat in the bullpen. That did not happen. With one out, Aaron Hicks doubled, and Alex Rodriguez brought him around, to give the Yankees an 8-6 cushion.

Aroldis Chapman came on, took out his catcher with a bounced ball of his wrist, and also dinged the home plate umpire, Tony Randazzo with a bouncing 101 mph fastball. Jonathan Schoop struck out, Joey Rickard popped out, and Adam Jones walked. With two down in the ninth, Nolan Reimold came on to pinch hit for Hyun Soo Kim, who had tallied another hit back in the 1st, an opposite field double, his fifth. Reimold saw five pitches, including 2 100+ MPH fastballs, and eventually was sat down looking, on an 86 MPH slider.

With that loss, and the Red Sox victory earlier today, the Orioles now fall back into second place, trailing the Red Sox (33-23), by 1 game in the American League East.

 

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