Well, that was quite the game. Baseball can be interesting sometimes — but this one was just an odd game. The Orioles won 5-2 in the Bronx against the Yankees to pick up the second win of the season, but it wasn’t exactly conventional.
Regardless, a win is a win. And any time you can beat the Yankees, it’s a good night.
Below, the recap and some analysis pertaining to the lovely totals.
The Orioles offense had its first opportunity in the top of the first courtesy of a Trey Mancini leadoff single against Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka. With Boom-Boom on first with two outs, Adam Jones roped a double to left that looked to be good enough for the game’s first run.
There was a relay to the plate and a bit of a collision, but Mancini appeared to get his hand in before the tag from Gary Sanchez. It looked like a quick 1-0 edge, but a decision from Aaron Boone to go to replay proved to be fruitful for the home team (although the evidence was a bit inconclusive). The call on the field was overturned, Mancini was ruled out and Tanaka had his first zero on the scoreboard of the night.
And little did any of us know, it’d be the start of quite the pitcher’s duel.
Following the top of the first, both Tanaka and O’s starter Andrew Cashner absolutely rolled. The pace was quick, both got outs and despite Cashner falling behind quite a bit, he hurled it and kept things under control. Keeping up with a hot Tanaka is no easy task. But batter after batter, that’s exactly what Cashner did.
Through five innings, both starters traded zeroes and really didn’t allow much of anything. For a while it seemed as though this one would end in two hours flat.
Things were going swimmingly for Cashner until Aaron Judge did what he seems to do best against the Orioles — turn the scoreboard in the Yankees direction. With two outs on Cashner’s 94th pitch of the night, Judge went to the opposite field and cleared the fence with his second long-ball of the season. It put the Yankees up, 1-0, and helped end Cashner’s night after the sixth.
It didn’t take long, however, for the Orioles to get right back into the game and ultimately break things open. Jonathan Schoop singled to lead off the top of the seventh, an at-bat followed by Capt-10 America, also known as that really good baseball player named Adam Jones, doing what he does best — bring life to an Orioles team that often so desperately needs it.
With Schoop on first, Jones took Tanaka deep to left-center on a splitter that caught every bit of the plate. He crushed the mistake and notched his third home run of the year that started what would become the difference-making seventh inning. A Tim Beckham single chased Tanaka from the game, entering Chad Green into the game. And as it turns out, the Orioles really enjoy hitting off of Chad Green.
Colby Rasmus — a single with one out to put runners on the corners.
Anthony Santander — a double to right that scored a pair.
Trey Mancini — his third single of the night that drove in two more.
Just like that, it was 5-1 Birds in commanding lead of the game. Even better, if you’re a fan of that old stat we like to call “the win”, the big inning allowed Cashner to exit the game and pick up the ‘W’.
Cashner’s final line was one that will be rather welcomed over the course of the rest of the season: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.
From there, it was the back end of the bullpen taking care of business, although not exactly in a clean fashion. Mychal Givens gave up a run in the seventh, and Darren O’Day ultimately ended up with a bases-loaded situation after some fairly significant (and perhaps slightly concerning) command issues. But at the end of the day, this wasn’t a night the Orioles were going to lose. O’Day got ahead of Neil Walker with two outs and induced a groundout, handing things over to Brad Brach in the ninth to seal the second win of the year.
Cashner notched the win, his first in the orange and black. Brach grabbed his first save of the year and his 22nd of his career with the Birds.
Tomorrow, it’s a 7:05 first pitch at Yankee Stadium with Kevin Gausman matching up against C.C. Sabathia.
- Trey Mancini went 3-5, driving in a pair at the leadoff spot. Is he the answer?
- Andrew Cashner tossing six innings of two-hit baseball is nothing to be ignored. This is the guy the Orioles were looking for when they signed him. His upside is legitimate.
- Through it all, we have Adam Jones. This guy has to be in the Orioles hall of fame, right?
- Anthony Santander might just be a difference-maker. When you watch him, he just looks like he’ll be playing “the part” in a few short years.
Who was the Most Birdland Player for April 5, 2018?
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Trey Mancini (3-5, 2 RBI as new leadoff man)
Andrew Cashner (6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K)
Adam Jones (2-4, go-ahead two-run homer)