Imagine, if you will, the inspirational story of a shipwreck on a deserted island heroically rescued after years of out-of-contact contact.
After his return to civilization – after reuniting with his family and I eat a billion hamburgers and decide to get in the mood for baseball. It is the 28th of June. He has no knowledge of the place of each team in the standings or how the 2019 season has developed so far. He is an empty tablet, ready to make his own judgments.
After two days of baseball, my friends, this person would come to a definite conclusion: The Baltimore Orioles are the best team on the planet.
And he's right In the last two days, no team on the hill was more dominant, more productive on the plate, all around sensational than the O's. If it's possible to play a perfect baseball game, the Orioles did just that today ̵
It does not matter that the Orioles have the worst record of baseball, or that they have been since 22-24. April no series or since the 4th-6th May have even won two games in a row. This weekend, everything comes down to Orioles. They did not just win. They rolled their competition under steam.
Well, let's say the Cleveland Indians had some tough days. Our rescued friend has to think that the 2019 Indians are the worst team ever. No matter how the series ends tomorrow, those two losses will hurt. AL Central's three-time defending champion will soon be dethroned for the division crown, having eight games behind the pair on Saturday, and if he misses a wild card at the end, he'll look back on the series in Baltimore.
Perhaps the Indians were stunned by the Orioles three-card game with their take-off pitcher. Andrew Cashner was originally scheduled to start, but about half an hour before the scheduled game time, the O & # 39; s announced that Shawn Armstrong would instead receive the order. Given the approaching bad weather, they apparently closed their bets in case the match started and were then interrupted prematurely. Instead, the birds delayed the start of the game by an hour and six minutes, waiting for a passing storm. As soon as the sky cleared, the Orioles moved the starting gig back to Cashner. Okay then.
Considering how the Orioles met today, the O & # 39; s could have thrown any jug out there and he would have had a good time. It is difficult to make a mistake with the support of two-digit running numbers. The fun started in the second inning, when a RBI double by Hanser Alberto covered the first run of the Orioles. The lovingly known as Singlin Hanser has recently diversified his hits portfolio. Alberto has six extra base hits in his last five games (for reference he only had two extra base hits in April). Alberto meets this year now .320.
The Birds opened the game with a six-sided fourth inning against Indian starter Zach Plesac, nephew of long-time Big League pitcher Dan. It started with a historic Camden Yards home run by Anthony Santander.
From there, the O's joined together a series of base-runners, three of whom were beaten on two consecutive RBI doubles by Jonathan Villar and Trey Mancini, before returning to the long ball with the recently declining Renato Nunez, who cranked a Homer with two runs to expand the leadership of the Orioles to 7: 0. That was all for poor Plesac, who held only 3.2 innings and was set on fire for seven earned runs.
The Bullpen of the Indians fared no better. Tyler Clippard, who was surprised to learn that he still plays Major League Baseball, loaded the bases in the fifth on two walks and a batsman and a mancini bouncer in the middle jumped past the second baseman Jason Kipnis to a single with two To make runs.
An inning later, scorching chance Sisco defeated a homer with two runs in front of AJ Cole to double-digit the total number of birds for a second consecutive day. The Indians have certainly seen enough of Sisco, who leached them in the first two games of the series for four goals, two homers and seven RBIs.
One of the few effective Indian pitchers was actually an infielder. Mike Freeman, who started the game on the third base, picked up the hill in seventh and ate two solid innings while hurling barely enough to break a pane of glass. His only flaw was a Nunez-Homer in seventh round two, which gave Renato his first multi-homer game since April 20.
What is unlikely – that the Orioles would make 13 runs for the second time in a row or so would they throw a shutout for the second game in a row? Yes, people, it actually happened. For that you can thank Cashner, who after the fake-out of Orioles "who's starting?" Just brilliant.
Cashner's move was as crisp as the whole season and he tied Cleveland Hitters in knots. Cashner mowed the first eleven batters he faced and beat three before Carlos Santana thwarted his modest perfect game bid with a two-off single in fourth.
As the Orioles' advantage increased, Cashner remained aggressive. The Indians put the leader aboard in both fifth and sixth places, but Cashner escaped both jams, the former on a double-play grounder and the latter on a pair of strikeouts. Up to Cashner's last inning, the seventh, the Indians had not even put a runner in the scorer position when Tyler doubled Naquin with a goal. Unimpressed, the Orioles triggered a flyout on the right and then punched out Bobby Bradley, who raised his fist to celebrate when he returned to the shelter.
What a performance by Cashner, who shot seven innings, hit six and just capitulated Four base runners. The enigmatic Tanner Scott was quite effective himself, scoring four goals in two scoreless shots to end the Birds shutout.
This sealed the Orioles their second win in a row with 13: 0. Just another day in the office for the best team in the world. Am I right, Castaway?
Who was the Birdland player on Saturday, June 29th?
Andrew Cashner (seven scoreless IP, six Ks)
Trey Mancini (three hits, three RBIs)
Renato Nunez (two homers)
Anthony Santander (the 100th Eutaw St. HR)
174 votes in total