This week has been a very odd one from a hitting standpoint for the Baltimore Orioles, as they have come at least an hour and a half from being victims of a no hitter two times in one week. And both times, the O’s escaped to a victory, with the latest defeating the New York Yankees 4-3.
It started on Tuesday when the O’s defeated the Cleveland Indians 6-3, after Indians starter Justin Masterson left the O’s without a hit for the first four innings, and the team exploded for six runs in the next three innings.
On Friday night, it was little deeper into the game when Yankees starter CC Sabathia left the Orioles without a hit for the first five innings, and the Orioles would score four combined runs in the next two innings with outfielder Nate McLouth capping it off with a solo shot in the seventh. A win is a win, and I’m sure the O’s will take it.
“Tonight was a team win because we didn’t get anything until the sixth inning,” Orioles outfielder Adam Jones noted via espn.com. “We got everything in spurts.”
The Orioles improve to a 45-36 record, which is 3.5 games back of first place in the AL East, while the Yankees go down to a 42-37 record that moves them 5.5 games back in the division.
It is the cushion the Orioles have been looking for as of late, and they will need all of the next two games over the weekend to distance themselves from the Yankees, and make the first place battle with the Boston Red Sox a two team race.