Game One: Orioles 6, Red Sox 3
– With the Red Sox season in the balance in the last series of the year, the Orioles played as hard and as good as they have all season. Tommy Hunter had to limit his innings coming back from his injury and was only able to go five but he only gave up two runs. The bullpen buckled down and only gave up one more run over four innings.
– Matt Wieters hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the 2nd. Chris Davis knocked in a couple of runs and had a double in the game. The big hit came in the bottom of the 6th inning when Robert Andino hit a line drive to the wall in center field. Jacoby Ellsbury made a leaping attempt at the catch but the ball came out when he hit the wall. It rolled away from him and a relay throw to home went past the catcher resulting in an inside the park three run homer for Andino. I thought it should’ve been a triple and an error but I’ll take it.
Player of the game: Robert Andino – 1-2, 3 Run HR (5) (.266 AVG)
Game Two: Orioles 7, Red Sox 8
– The offense came to play in game two but starter Zach Britton had nothing. It was the first time hes pitched this late into the season and hes had a few minor issues during the year so while he was most likely fatigued it was a good experience for next year. He gave up five runs in 4.1 innings. Jason Berken gave up two more and Zach Phillips another.
– Matt Wieters connected with another homerun in this game, a two run shot in the 4th inning this time from the right side of the plate. He also singled in another run. Adam Jones doubled and hit a solo homerun, Nolan Reimold tripled, and Vladimir Guerrero singled twice and doubled. Chris Davis and JJ Hardy each singled twice, Hardy also walked. Nick Markakis doubled and walked.
Player of the game: Matt Wieters – 2-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR (22) (.264 AVG)
Game Three: Orioles 4, Red Sox 3
– The Orioles got to be a part of the craziest day maybe in the history of major league baseball, knocking the Red Sox out of the playoffs. Alfredo Simon gave up three runs over 4.1 innings before an hour and a half rain delay. After the delay the bullpen was able to shut down the powerful Boston lineup. Troy Patton, Willie Eyre, Pedro Strop, and Jim Johnson combined for 4.2 shutout innings.
– Against John Lester, who owns the Orioles (14-0 lifetime), the Orioles were able to stay in the game heading into the rain delay. JJ Hardy connected on a two run homer, his 30th, in the bottom of the 3rd inning. It wasn’t looking good heading into the 9th. The Red Sox were undefeated with a lead after eight innings and Jonathon Papelbon quickly got two outs without any trouble. Then Chris Davis doubled, Nolan Reimold doubled him in, and Robert Andino ripped the game winning, season ending single into left field as a celebration erupted on the field. Less than ten minutes later the Rays completed a historic comeback from a 7-0 defecit with a 12th inning walk off homerun. It was an incredible end to a poor season overall, but it was a nice consolation. Maybe the team will learn from the playoff like experience.
Player of the game: JJ Hardy – 2-3, BB, 2 Run HR (30) (.269 AVG)