What in the world has been done to the Baltimore Orioles?
I mean this in a good way. We are now in the month of May, and the Birds are still flying high thanks to another big win against the Red Sox, this time in dominant fashion.
They defeated Boston, 8-2, thanks to a ridiculous seven-run third inning which featured home runs from Adam Jones and Mark Reynolds. They are now 18-9 on the season; meanwhile, Boston is 11-15.
For a minute, I felt like I was watching the Orioles emulate the Yankees with a big inning. Yes, they might have been enormously aided by Boston starting pitcher Aaron Cook getting injured on a slide trying to protect home plate in the second inning; however, Baltimore took advantage and clobbered an opponent.
Cook would get hammered for seven runs in his outing – only 2 2/3 innings long.
For a change, instead of struggling for runs early and having a mount a rally late, the Orioles got down to business early and cruised.
Jason Hammel won his fourth game of the season, as he went 6 2/3 innings and gave up two runs. The bullpen – Darren O’Day, Troy Patton, Matt Lindstrom, and Kevin Gregg (yes, he is still on the team) – took care of the rest.
I can only say, what a revelation Hammel has been. I did not care for the trade for him at the time from Colorado; however, he has been on a run that has not been seen in a long time with an Oriole pitcher.
I’ve got to give credit to Dan Duquette. I’m not sure what he was trying to accomplish in the offseason that just passed; however, his moves have worked out so far, and they deserve some applause.
I’m scratching my head trying to figure out what is going with the Orioles, but they are winning. That is a lot better than the alternative. The improvement with Baltimore has seemingly come from nowhere.
I figured heading into the series this weekend, the Red Sox had issues and are not as strong as they have been in the past.
As we’ve seen, they have that and more. It is good to see the Orioles taking advantage and winning night-in-and-night-out.
Let’s enjoy it.