Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ALCS: Orioles Move Past Twins in 4

GAME 1 - Memorial Stadium
Orioles 5, Twins 1
J.Perry vs Cuellar

Cy Young award winner Mike Cuellar was masterful scattering 6 hits and allowing just 1 run in the top of the 4th.  Baltimore jumped out to a 3-0 lead when they batted around in the bottom of the 1st.  The O's added 2 insurance runs in the bottom of the 7th and never looked back.  Frank Robby had the big stick going 2 for 4 with 3 RBI's.  Mark Belanger chipped in with 2 hits from the 8 hole.
Orioles lead series 1-0

GAME 2 - Memorial Stadium
Twins 4, Orioles 2
Boswell vs McNally

The Twinkies struck back by breaking a scoreless tie in the 6th with 3 big runs off of O's starter Dave McNally.  Bob Allison's two out two run double broke the ice and Rich Reese's triple scored Allison.  The O's made it 3-1 on a two out pinch hit single by Chico Salmon.  Tony Oliva's solo blast in the top of the 8th put the Twins back up by 3.  The O's answered back with one in the bottom of the inning, but never again threatened.  Dave Boswell went 6 strong innings for the win and the troika of Bob Miller, Ron Perranoski and Dean Chance (who got the save) held the mighty O's at bay over the final 3 frames.
Series tied 1-1

GAME 3 - Metropolitan Stadium
Orioles 8, Twins 2
Palmer vs B.Miller

Up 4-1 after 7 innings the O's blew it open with 4 runs in the 8th off of lefty reliever Tom Hall.  Frank Robby's 3 run shot was followed by Boog Powell's solo blast, which account for all the damage.  Jim Palmer gave up just 1 run on 5 hits in 6 1/3 innings of work.  Pete Richert finished off the 7th inning to get Palmer out of trouble.  Jim Hardin came on board for the final 2 once the game was out of reach.  Frank Robby looked like a true MVP going 3 for 4 with 5 RBI's and 2 runs scored thanks to 2 huge long balls.
Orioles lead series 2-1

GAME 4 - Metropolitian Stadium
Orioles 1, Twins 0
Cuellar vs Perry

Facing elimination the Twins handed the ball to 20 game winner Jim Perry, who pitched his guts out scattering 5 hits and allowing just 1 run.  Unfortunately for Perry, that one run was a solo homer by Boog Powell (3-4).  With Mike Cuellar flirting with a no hitter and baffling the mighty Twins lineup that solo shot looked like a ten spot.  Cuellar finished the day with a 1 hitter (Leo Cardenas single in the 5th).  Cuellar who was dominant in both the series opener and the final was easily the series MVP as the O's move on to the Fall Classic.
Orioles win series 3-1
Congrats to Kurt for playing a gr8 series and doing better with twins than they did in RL.

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