Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/27/13
Miguel Gonzalez heads home to California on Sunday with a big smile on his face. During the season that’s about to end Gonzalez won 11 games and perhaps saved his best for last. On Thursday night Gonzalez threw seven superb innings allowing just two hits and could have gone further if not for two errors behind him. The Orioles’ 3-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays before 27498 at Oriole Park was their second since being eliminated from the postseason picture. While the Orioles would certainly have liked Gonzalez’s dominance in a game that truly meant something they can still be satisfied with it. “Let's face it there's a little bit of a drop. There's some pressure involved and it's good pressure. There's a little bit less of that. But I think they put a lot of pressure on themselves to maintain a certain level of competitiveness” manager Buck Showalter said. On Friday Boston comes in for three games. While the Red Sox have clinched the AL East they still haven’t assured themselves of home field advantage for a possible ALCS. Those games will matter to Boston Oakland and to the Orioles. “I've had two or t questions from them today about what the mathematics are for Boston and Oakland and I have no doubt that our guys will post up competitively the next three days. I know what it meant for us last year and this year. From an effort and attention we'll do our part” Showalter said. After Toronto (72-87) scored a run in the first without a hit Gonzalez was simply dominating. He allowed a walk to his second batter Munenori Kawasaki who scored from first with two outs when Jason Pridie dropped a routine fly ball. Kevin Pillar led off the third with a single and advanced to second when Jose Reyes reached on Jonathan Schoop’s error. After that Gonzalez (11-8) retired 13 in a row until J.P. Arencibia’s single with one out in the seventh. He struck out five.
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