Orioles victory 23: 7-5 over the Atlanta Braves
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Who had the end of June before I screwed this up? You did? Congratulations. I knew it was going to be something along these lines. An extra inning game the night before I had to work a morning shift. Add on top of that plans to see the Pirates play and once I saw that Manny Machado had hooked a home run down the line late Friday night I knew the streak would be over.
They then tacked on another win on the back of some timely hitting. Nothing like scoring seven runs off of two hits (a grand slam by Mark Trumbo and a bases-loaded double by Chris Davis) and another strong start by Dylan Bundy.
It's their first winning streak since June 5th-6th (coincidentally against a National League team) and they have a chance to win three games in a row for only the second time this season. The win also moved them out of the overall cellar in baseball. They're tied with the Kansas City Royals with 23 wins, but due to the fact that they've played one less game they have a slightly higher winning percentage. Guess they're not very serious about the number one overall draft pick next summer.
Could this be a sign that the Orioles are starting to put things together? The Braves are a pretty good team and these two wins were more reminiscent of the way the Orioles have won over the past few years. Decent enough pitching with a lot of offense.
Only time will tell if they can keep this up and salvage the lost season.