For weeks, everywhere you go, people have been asking "are the Orioles for real? Are the Orioles for real?" The Royals found out the answer today, and it is a resounding YES. The Orioles, my friends, have arrived, and they showed our boys in blue a thing or two about winning baseball in a quick two-game sweep at Kauffman. Buck Showalter just gets results.
Luke Hochevar looked shaky in the first inning, but worked his way out of a jam and gave us six full innings. Ned pulled him after he gave up a single in the seventh and then Aaron Crow just defecated on the mound. Walks to the immortal Luis Exposito and Xavier Avery set up a bloop two-run single to give the O's the lead for good.
One might have thought Humberto Quintero would be exhausted after catching fifteen innings of baseball just over seventeen hours ago, but Bert got the start again today, collecting two hits, driving in two, and throwing out Chris Davis on a strike-em-out, throw-em-out double play. Suspicions arose that perhaps he was not a mere mortal, but a cyborg sent from the future to emit veteran presence, but Quintero alleviated those concerns by leaving late in the game with a minor
Jarrod Dyson followed up a nice game last night by going 0-5, with two strikeouts and an awful error on a line-drive to score a run in the seventh. Its almost as if being speedy doesn't automatically make you a terrific defensive centerfielder.
Eric Hosmer is getting a couple of days off to clear his head. Meanwhile, Billy Butler did not embarrass himself at first base and collected two hits, including a double.
When does the "Irving Falu Could Be the First Player to Hit .400 since Ted Williams"-hype begin?
Enough of this American League nonsense. Let us join hands with our brothers in the National League this weekend and look forward to a better tomorrow.