Baltimore Orioles Show Their Stuff Friday Night


Jun 12, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis (19) hits a three run home run during the third inning against the New York Yankees at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

On Friday night, the Baltimore Orioles crushed the Yankees, 11-3.  They got contributions from up and down the lineup.

The defense was good, the base running was for the most part, pretty good.

Ubaldo Jimenez struggled a bit, not making it past five innings. But the bullpen came in and again didn’t give the opposition anything.

Chris Davis had a three-run home run to help the O’s pull away. Caleb Joseph had a solo shot to keep pouring it on against the Yankees.

But, the most important part of this game occurred before the Orioles even came to the plate.

In the first inning, Ubaldo Jimenez struggled mightily, and the Yankees had the bases loaded with no outs. But, Ubaldo was able to walk the high wire and get out of the inning without allowing a run.

This would keep the Yankees off the board and give the Orioles some momentum going into the bottom half of the inning. Michael Pineda looked pretty bad, and the Orioles scored runs on him early and often, giving him his worst start of the year.

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Other than the escape act in the first inning, the other big part of this game is the performance of the Orioles’ offense.

Manny Machado has been playing well, and continued to with two hits and three runs scored. Adam Jones was only 1-for-5, but he hit several balls to deep center field.

Chris Davis’ bat is also hot right now. He had four RBIs, and a home run to boot. Caleb Joseph showed how valuable it is to have a great back-up catcher.

But, the game Jimmy Paredes had was also very encouraging. Jimmy started the game 3-for-3, with hits all over the field. If he can rediscover his hitting stroke, this team will be near impossible to stop.

The Baltimore Orioles are surging at this point, and this is the team Orioles fans expected to see.

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