Is there a win in a 162-game baseball season that can propel a struggling Team forward?
Not sure. But if such a thing exists, then today was it.
– Jason Hammel struggling with his typically horsesh*t control
– sweaty Chris Davis neutralized by the infield shift
– Adam Jones making outs like it was his birthright*
– Cap’n Nicky grinding as always
But on defense they largely kept the Yankees off the board, avoiding bad innings in the heat and handling Half-Orc Yankee batters like Lyle Overbay, Zoilo Jimmyshanks and Travis Halfnuts.
If the murderous, poaching Yankees had done their homework, this would have been finished hours ago.
Despite the heat, despite the inability of the Orioles to hit Hiroki Kuroda and despite the admonishments of a very Japanese crowd (pulling for their beloved Ichiro Suzuki and for the aforementioned Kuroda) the Baltimore Orioles for once came through.
Oh, that against Mariano Rivera: The anointed one, who had been winning plaudits from the seventh inning onward, just for standing up and warming up in the Yankee bull-pen.
Oh. You want me to say nice things about Jones? OK, sure. Pretty clutch. But you know who had good at bats all game — and thereby made sure the game would come to Jones? Yeahp. You guessed it. Nick Markakis, who never gives in and never gives up.
Anyway. What does this win mean?
How’s it figure?
But surely, with tough opponents coming into Baltimore, it maybe means something.
And with such a tight race, it could mean everything.