I went to a baseball game and a chess match broke out.
Checkmate for the Orioles.
Vladimir Guerrero sent a 15-hopper up the middle - a mild exaggeration - to score Robert Andino in the bottom of the 12th and give the Orioles a 6-5 victory.
Andino led off with a double against Louis Coleman. Manager Buck Showalter called for Adam Jones to lay down a bunt, but the move backfired when the Orioles’ center fielder popped up.
Jones reached on a bunt single earlier in the game and the situation dictated that he lay down another one, but he’s also the club’s hottest hitter. He was hitting .375 this month. I’m sure plenty of fans were yelling “Let him swing away.”
In the end, it didn’t matter.
Royals manager Ned Yost ordered an intentional walk to Nick Markakis, and Guerrero followed with the game-winning single.
The winning streak reaches a season-high five games.
Bring on that West Coast trip.