By Michael Marzzacco
The Orioles took the second game of the Beltway Series and the finale at Camden Yards 8-1 last night. The series shifts to DC tonight and big crowds are expected for the final two games. These teams both have won the hearts of the fans here in the DMV and there will certainly be baseball in October. Will these teams meet in the World Series is the real question.
The Nats used rookies the last two nights on the mound. It originally wasn’t in the cards when the Nats placed ace Stephen Strasburg on the 15-Day DL, preventing him from making Monday’s start. He has still yet to pitch at OPACY (Oriole Park at Camden Yards). While AJ Cole had a great outing against a tough Orioles team Monday night with eight strikeouts, Reynaldo Lopez struggled against those hot O’s bats. Lopez allowed six runs on seven hits only lasting 2.2 innings.
The Orioles lead the majors in home runs. They scored those innings without relying on the big bats. Mark Trumbo, who the fans call Trumbomb, had dingers in his previous seven at-bats plated an RBI single in the first inning. Adam Jones finished with four singles. Chris Davis homered in the eighth inning, his 30th of the season.
Washington’s lone run came in the seventh inning with an RBI single by Danny Espinosa that scored Ryan Zimmerman. The Nats trailed at that point 6-1.
The series shifts to DC and the Nationals are looking to even the four game home-and-home tilt. Definitely the most exciting baseball we have seen this month before the September chase for the division crown.