Many things can change when the management of a team changes. The Baltimore Orioles have the legendary Buck Showalter at their helm, guiding them to greatness. So far the ply has worked. They appear to be playing like a real MLB team, wining some big games since he has come on board. The game Wednesday ended 9-7 against the LA Angels.
It was a game dominated by strong batting from the Orioles. They came to the plate with a vengeance, looking to swing back at everyone that has given them a hard time all year. Luke Scott homered for the third straight game, while Felix Pie had three hits and three RBIs. Adam Jones had three hits and scored three runs. If they can keep playing like this, they will have a shot at a three game sweep Thursday night.
The Angels had some good hits, but the Orioles took the lead, and stayed there. They relied on some sharp pitching to seal the game. Brian Matusz (4-11) allowed one run and seven hits in six innings, and also earned his first home win in 11 starts. The Orioles played so hard that they injured a few of their players. Brian Roberts suffered a bruised left shin, Josh Bell hurt his hamstring and David Hernandez, who sprained his left ankle, appears headed for the 15-day DL. Despite these injuries, the team is playing much better than before. They will surely take the game on Thursday.
The Angels were caught unprepared against the new Orioles. They thought it would be a match up against the weakest team in the Majors, but Baltimore proved them wrong. Perhaps the Orioles will continue to surprise the nation. Keep track of it all at www.scoresandodss.com, home of the absolute best sports betting information.