In the past two nights, the Baltimore Orioles ran to home plate for a water-spraying- back patting victory celebration. less than 24 hours earlier Manny Machado sent a home run into the left field seats for a .game-winner in the 13h inning for an 8-6 win on Friday.
This is also happening during the biggest push for wild-card position in the post-season.
Miguel Gonzalez struggled early on the mound. It was beginning to look like another poor start for the pitcher, who entered the game with an 0-2 record and an ERA of 8.10 over the course of three starts. Gonzalez gave up two solo home runs in the third inning. After issuing three straight walks in the fifth inning, he turned it around with creating a double play. Also managing to retire his last seven batters he faced.
MLB.com reports Gonzalez’s comments on the outing: “Mentally, you get that adrenaline going,” Gonzalez said of his feeling following the double play. “It’s positive. I think being able to go seven innings after last night’s game was really big.”
Buck Showalter commented on Miguel’s pitching turn around after the fifth: “It’s just a little bit of command [early on]. Now whether or not there’s too much want-to that’s creating some of that, I don’t apologize for him for that. Because that is a make-up, that is who you are outing right there. That’s why we like Miggy, and he’s not going to wallow around in self-pity. He’s going to go, ‘The club needs me to get through some innings’. He knows what happened last night, he was frustrated and he found another button. I can’t tell you how hard that is to maintain that when he was a pitch away from coming out of the game two or three times and he found a way to give us what the club needed. That’s a special outing by the starting pitcher tonight. “
After Parra’s home- run to tie the game, solid pitching from the Orioles bullpen tied until the bottom of the 9th inning.
Davis connected on a 2-2 pitch from switch hitter Pat Venditte (0-1), the first ambidextrous pitcher in the major since 1995. Chris Davis tie breaking shot gave the Orioles a 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Fox Sports reports Chris Davis preferring a win in a more normal situation.
“It would be nice to win by four or five runs and not have to hold your breath the whole game,” he said.
With the celebratory pie in the face from Adam Jones, this team seems to find a sweet victory at the right time.
Wei-Yin Chen(6-6, 3.21) will start against Oakland at 1:35 pm Sunday.