Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Despite Jeffrey Maier II, O’s hold on to split with Yanks

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What is it with those scumbag Yankee fans always getting carte blanche to interfere with baseball games?

We O’s fans hardly need to hear the first three syllables of the name “Jeffrey Maier” before going into involuntary dry heaves.

Then there was THIS guy during the playoffs last year.

In Tuesday night’s O’s-Yanks contest, another Yanks fan pulled in what should have been an out and made it a home run. At the time, B’More was clinging to a 4-0 lead, and starter Wei-Yin Chen (4-0, 2.45 ERA) was working on a shutout with two outs in the top of the seventh. Curtis Granderson hit a long fly ball to the left field wall, where rookie Xavier Avery appeared to have a bead on it.

Instead, this:

And just like that, the Yanks were back in the game at 4-2. And just like in those previous instances, the umpires were completely silent.

Luckily, Chen would record the final out in the seventh with no more damage done, and the reliable eighth-ninth inning combination of Pedro Strop and Jim Johnson closed out New York without allowing another run. With that, the O’s managed a split of the short two game series with the Bronx Bombers.

More importantly, the O’s just finished their tough 15-game stretch – the one that many expected would prove to be their downfall – with an impressive 9-6 record. Take away the buzzsaw that is the Texas Rangers, and the Birds were 8-3 against the American League East during that stretch. That’s 3-2 against New York, 3-0 against Boston, and 2-1 against Tampa.

Not bad, O’s.

Now the O’s need to prove that they can – unlike their purple NFL companions here in Charm City – beat up on the teams they are “supposed” to beat after beating the best teams in the league. Following up their impressive start to the month of May, Buck’s Birds need strong showings against teams like Kansas City, against whom they play five of their next eleven.

Series against the fellow upstart Washington Nationals, the Toronto Blue Jays, and the revenge-minded Red Sox finish out the month of May for the O’s.

Let’s keep the magic going.

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