Saturday, May 26, 2012

Royals upend Orioles late; Jones and the playoffs?

The Baltimore Orioles on Saturday ended up losing to the Kansas City Royals in a close contest, 4-3, at Camden Yards.

It was a hard fought game by the Birds; however, in the final third of the contest, the bullpen could not hold a 3-2 lead, mistakes, plus an inability to get runners on base and advance them in the final frame cost the Orioles a chance to win their 30th game of the season.

The Royals held with their own with the Orioles, and at the end of the day, Eric Hosmer – who has been struggling this year as a high-profile youngster – did his job.  He drove in the final two runs of the game to send Kansas City to victory.

The Orioles had chances late to comeback, but they could not push any more runs through.

Wei-Yin Chen started for the Orioles on the mound. He lasted six innings, gave up two runs and earned a no-decision.

Pedro Strop took the loss in relief for the Orioles.

For the Royals, Greg Holland earned the win by pitching parts of the seventh and eight innings; meanwhile, Jonathan Broxton earned the save.

The Orioles got things rolling early with the bats.

Baltimore got on the scoreboard first as Chris Davis homered for the eighth time this year – a solo shot – to take a 1-0 lead; thereafter, they scored twice in the third inning off J.J. Hardy’s solo homer (his 10th on the year) and Matt Wieters plated in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Kansas City finally got to Chen in the fifth inning as Eric Hosmer plated in a run with a single. They added another run in the sixth off Billy Butler’s 10th homer of the year – a solo shot.

A crazy moment took place in the game during the seventh inning, as Eric Hosmer reached second with an infield double. His hit trickled down the line, and Wilson Betemit along with reliever Darren O’ Day watched the ball; meanwhile, Hosmer hustled to second.

That play along with Hosmer’s heads-up baserunning would be enormous in the frame.

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