Game 46: Orioles 5, Royals 3

The Good:

  • Zach Britton’s control wasn’t the best, but when he missed he tended to miss down. Some hits fell in (that’ll happen, especially when you don’t strike out many batters) and a flyball went over the wall (that’ll happen, and Britton has been a little fortunate in that area this year anyway), but overall he put the O’s in a position to win. Final line: 6 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR.
  • Alfredo Simon made his first major league appearance of 2011. Shutdown Sauce pitched a perfect inning, K’ing a batter. The bulllpen gets a little bit deeper, when it comes to decent (if not great) arms.
  • JJ Hardy walked and doubled twice, and Matt Wieters added a two-bagger of his own (off the scoreboard, no less).
  • As did Felix Pie, with a game-tying pinch-hit double in the bottom of the 9th.
  • Adam Jones didn’t want to rush, I guess, so he just deposited the ball over the fence in dead-center for the walk-off two-run home run. Just took a happy jog around the bases. Oh, and he too doubled earlier in the game. Like the extra-base hits from the team.

The Bad:

  • Not much offense again (for 8 innings, anyway) – the KC pitchers seemed pretty in control most of the night, while the O’s line-up looked kind of like a Triple-A team’s (except against Joakim Soria – go figure).

The Final:

So, that was exciting. Two hours of blegh, and then 15 minutes of awesome. I’ll certainly take it. And the Sauce picks up the win. Orioles Magic, I guess.