We're all ecstatic with Gomes' walk off HR. I'm giddy that we're on top of the baseball world right now, and particularly when you consider where we were in 2011-2012.
But we still have to figure out how to beat Baltimore. We have to figure out how to do a few things better so that a team like SD won't take us to the 9th tied 1-1 after a fine performance by Lester.
The 1 for 13 RISP bugs me. It's the kind of thing that Baltimore does better than we do, day in and out. It's why they have been the king of close / late / extra inning baseball.
In the 8th vs SD, with 1st & 2nd and no outs, a sac bunt by Nava sets up Peedy to score on Carp's sac fly.
In the 4th, with Salty on 2nd and no outs, a sac bunt by Snyder sets up a potential Salty score, running on contact with the shortstop throw to get Iggy close at 1st base.
The Birds have just tightened things up trading for Feldman, and we play them nine more times.
And: I know we're leading in extra base hits, but someone is going to have to parse this for me:
While the Birds lead baseball with 117 homers on 780 Ks, we're tied for 13th in MLB at 87 HRs / 701 Ks. And yet we've outscored them by 21 runs on the season ...
A few more dingers would be nice, but I'm sure that'll come in the 2nd half.