Earlier today I was chatting with my co-writer, Mark, and I said to him that based on how much the Red Sox fans hated the idea of Alfredo Aceves pitching tonight and how they were predicting doom and gloom, Aceves was sure to pitch a gem. I wasn't far off as the Orioles managed just two runs in five innings against the Red Sox spot starter.
His counterpart, Chris Tillman, struggled through five and one-third innings. He only gave up two runs as well, but he went way too deep into counts and was working in an out of trouble most of the night.
With the game tied 2-2 in the seventh inning, the Red Sox called on Koji Uehara to get them out of a game. There were two on with two outs, and Adam Jones coming to the plate. I was bummed to see Koji because I know how good he is, but Jones hit a ball down the left field line to knock in Manny Machado. That gave the O's the lead and from there it was Pedro Strop, Darren O'Day, and Jim Johnson to shut things down. They did, because they are awesome.
Chris Tillman: 5 1/3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 101/60
Brian Matusz: 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Manny Machado: 3-for-4, 2B, BB
Adam Jones: 2-for-5, 2B
Chris Davis: 2 BB, HOME RUN
Stay tuned for the full recap and tonight's Most Birdland Player Poll.