The dust has settled, the game has ended, and I’m sure Yordano Ventura’s jaw has stopped throbbing by now. The Orioles (34-23) have another win under their belt, and Manny Machado’s brawl-on-the-field record has improved to 1-0.
This brawl had been brewing ever since Ventura came inside, twice, to Manny back in the 2nd inning. Ventura is not the cleanest of pitchers, getting into it with the White Sox, Athletics, and Angels, all back in 2015. He is creating a reputation for himself, and not in the best of ways. If you’re going to honestly tell me the pitch got away from Ventura, don’t ever talk to me again. It was as intentional as Mark Trumbo and Chris Davis sending back-to-back jacks over the fence to send a message to the opposing Royals team. Do NOT mess with this close knit family. They’ll not only beat you with their fists, they’ll beat you with their bats as well.
Outside of that melee, in the 5th inning, the Orioles pounded out 11 hits, with 4 of them being home runs, to bump their homer total on the year to 87. Ryan Flaherty got the homer party started in the 2nd, with a 446′ shot that one-hopped the warehouse. Yes, let me repeat that, Ryan Flaherty one-hopped the warehouse. In the bottom of the 5th, Mark Trumbo, immediately after the brawl that took place, sent a message to the Royals pitching staff. On a 3-1 count, Trumbo crushed his 20th home run of the year, scoring Paul Janish (the pinch runner for Machado after his ejection). The very next batter, Chris Davis, sent the first pitch he saw, just over the outstretched jumping glove of Lorenzo Cain, for his 12th dinger on the year. Finally, in the bottom of the 6th, Adam Jones jumped all over a pitch to send his 9th home run into the left field power alley.
In an unlikely turn of events, Ubaldo Jimenez (3-6) had turned in a 5 inning, 9-hit, 1-run outing, which saw the only run he allowed touch the plate via a walk. Ubaldo struck out 4 batters, while walking 3 in total, on 106 pitches (67 strikes). Ubaldo realized that the pressure for him to succeed was bigger now than it’s ever been, and he came through in a very big way.