Quick question, “Who has the biggest division lead in all of MLB?”
Here’s a hint, they’re fans favorite drink is Orange Koolaid.
That’s right, the baseball team residing in the Charm City now have a MLB leading 5-game lead in the AL East after beating the 2nd place BJays at the artist formerly known as Skydome 9-3. Stud Bud Norris won his 3rd start in 4 outings vs. the BJays going 5 2/3 innings striking out 6 and walking just 2. It was his sixth win in his last nine starts overall.
But it was the suddenly streaking O’s offense that was the catalyst for the 9 run outburst as they took back the MLB lead in HR’s with three dingers.
Catcher Caleb Joesph started it off jacking his 6th (and 2nd in two days) HR before slumping second basemen Jonathan Schoop followed with his 9th HR (all on the road) for back to back jacks. Chris Davis also chipped in with his 18th HR later in the game to seal the deal.
The Birds knocked out 14 hits overall with every starter getting at least one hit in the win. They also lead MLB with multi-homer games with 41.
“Homers are cool,” joked Joseph, who has homered in three straight games. “Chicks dig the long ball, right?”
Brian Matuez, Tommy Hunter, Andrew Miller and TJ McFarland gave up only one run over the last 3 2/3 innings to close out the win and helped take game 1 of this monster 3-game series. And if you don’t believe me that it’s a monster series, here’s a tweet from ESPNSTATSInfo:
Elias: 1st-place Orioles begin series vs. 2nd-place Blue Jays. 1st time since 1992 they've played in August or later as top 2 AL East teams.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 5, 2014
The Orioles are now a season high 16 games over .500 (64-48) and now 2 games clear of the Detroit Tigers for the 2nd best division leading record overall (Oakland 69-43).
Tonight the Orioles send out their most consistent SP in Wei-Yen Chen (12-3, 3.76) to take on the BJay’s Drew Hutchison (7-9, 4.62). Chen, has not faced the BJays this year, but ranks second in the AL in wins (12) and is coming off a terrific one-run outing against the Mariners last Friday night.
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- Nolan Reimold just “happy” to be playing [Baltimore Sun]
- The Toronto view of the series [Toronto Sun]
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- Ray Rice looks to be in great shape [BaltimoreRavens.com]
- Comparing Joe Flacco’s contract to newly inked Andy Dalton’s [Baltimore Sun]