Friday, June 12, 2015

The Win is a Sweep

The Orioles put together their best three-game series of the season and completed a sweep of the Boston Red Sox last evening.

I had the pleasure of attending the game and was treated to a team that, at least for a few days, put it together with complete team wins. The pitching was solid, the batting was clutch, and the defense was spectacular. It was the kind of series which makes baseball fun and sweeping a perennial American League East rival makes it all the better. 
The View from my Seat
June 11, 2015
Orioles Park at Camden Yards

The game had  almost everything to please the baseball fan. There were home runs and there was an inning in which the Orioles scored a run without getting  hit.  For a team that over relies on the home run for scoring, that was an important development. 

The crowd was alternatively into the game, but the Red Sox did not go away easily. They continued to chip away at the Orioles leads, but in the end succumbed and the game ended--but not after a challenge which brought a fourth batter to the plate during the top of the ninth inning.

I hope that this series marks a turnaround for the team. They have been playing mediocre baseball and I hope that is a thing of the past as the team begins to play up to its potential.

The weakness at right field remains a big concern. The need for a solid defensive right fielder is apparent when late in the game the speedy Norman Reimold , who started the game in left field was shifted to right field and the light hitting David Lough was inserted into left field to shore up the defense. Reimold made his presence known almost immediately by shagging a well hit ball that just an inning earlier would have probably been a double!

Orioles baseball. The right moves at the right time and a one in the win column!

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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