“Our guys are very reality-based, understand it doesn’t mean much of anything. We’ve got, what, 156 more? So, grab a seat.”
Orioles 9 – Red Sox 7
WP: Brach Brach (2-0)
LP: Craig Kimbrel (0-1)
Save: Zach Britton (3)
The Baltimore Orioles surpassed the 1970 team for the best start in franchise history on Monday. Fittingly, the 6-0 Orioles did so in a manner that, at least in part, brought to mind the manager of that 1970 club, with two three-run homers providing the difference on offense.
As for the pitching and defense portions of the hallowed Earl Weaver triumvirate, well….
The O’s overcame two errors and a shaky outing from starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo (five innings, seven hits, five runs) to win the slugfest at Fenway. Mark Trumbo took starter David Price deep for the first three-run homer, and Chris Davis parked a Craig Kimbrel offering deep into the center field batting eye in the ninth inning for the second three-run homer.
On his final Opening Day at Fenway Park, David Ortiz had an opportunity to play the role of hero in the ninth inning but grounded into a double play with two on and nobody out.
Chris Davis entered the season with the most home runs versus the Red Sox of any Orioles batter since 2012. Davis has now homered 16 times against Boston in that time frame, extending his team lead over Adam Jones, who did not play again on Monday. Jones has 14 homers versus the Red Sox since 2012.
Here’s a bit of what Davis, who made multiple outstanding plays on defense, had to say.
“When I got over here I was really a third baseman trying to figure out how to play first base. I had a mentality where I was a little too aggressive, a little all over the place and Bobby Dickerson, our third base coach works with the infielders, really slowed me down and got me to realize that I have more time than I thought I did, and it’s paid off, and I give him all the credit.
Naturally, the victory song for Monday’s win in Boston is “Sweet Caroline.”