Apr 21, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Bud Norris (25) delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Monday’s game between the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays was quickly a blow out.
Bud Norris struggled, badly, yet again. Bud went 2 1/3 innings, left up 9 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks. Yep, that’s terrible. That makes for two terrible starts, and one that was barely ok.
In addition, the Orioles defense had a pretty terrible game yet again. That is two in a row. And these two, Norris and the defense, are two of the biggest concerns for the team right now.
In the seventh inning, Jason Garcia threw a pitch behind Jose Bautista. Let’s remember, Garcia is a rookie who hasn’t been higher than single-A. SINGLE-A.
He also was struggling in this game.
So, after John Gibbons came out and argued because of warnings being issued, because, Gibbons likes to come out and argue. Kind of his thing.
Well, on the next pitch, Bautista rocked one over the Rogers Centre fence. But, he is still standing at home run admiring it. It took Bautista a long time to drop the bat, as he stood and admired his work for quite awhile.
Then, he did a little bat flip and slowly made it around the bases. Well, the Orioles’ team leader took offense to that.
Jones started shouting at Bautista, who then went to an umpire to complain.
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Well, don’t expect this to be over. The issues between the O’s and the Jays are well-documented. Machado and Donaldson, the Dan Duquette affair, and now Jones and Bautista.
And guess who is on the mound on Tuesday night. Ubaldo Jimenez. The man who was ejected bizarrely for hitting a man his last time out.
Well, on Wednesday, if he hits someone it is quite possible he will be ejected again. And the O’s bullpen can’t afford that.
But, if the Jays want to start something, the defending AL East champs aren’t going to back down.
Expect the next two games of this series to be quite exciting.