Erik Bedard gets the win in the first game. He now sits at 8-6 on the year. Chris Ray gets 20th save.
In the second game, Kris Benson (9-5) got the win.
Great day for Orioles baseball. Everything came together today to sweep the struggling Phillies. I’m gonna do a player by player report on their performance.
Brian Roberts: A – 4-9 with a double, a homerun, 3 RBIs, 2 walks, and a stolen base. Finally hit his first homerun of the year after hitting 18 out of the park last year. I figured it was only a matter of time. I expect him to finish with around 6 on the season. Roberts was great for us today. Got things going when he led off and brought people in when people were on the bases. Was nice to see some hits against the lefty.
Melvin Mora: B – 3-9 with a double, an RBI, a walk, and a HBP. Had a better game in game 2, but who didn’t? Good effort today with the extra time off. Nice to see Melvin leg out a infield basehit on a ball hit to Jimmy Rollins.
Miguel Tejada: A – 6-10 with 2 doubles and 3 RBIs. After alot of rumors swirling around about Tejada being late everyday and not paying fines to go along with the trade rumors, Miggy had a great day at the plate. Did hit into another double play though…
Ramon Hernandez: A – 3-8 with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs. Ramon continues his hot hitting on the homestand. It seems like hes hit a homerun in every game hes played since the Nationals came in. Also was great behind the plate, calling two good games and catching all 18 innings. Would like to see him get an off day tomorrow, but Javy Lopez couldn’t catch the second game because his back was bothering him.
Javy Lopez: D minus – Speaking of Javy Lopez… he played in one game and went 0-4 with 3 strikeouts. Can most likely blame the back pains with his performance, but I would’ve liked to have seen him join in on the hit parade.
Jeff Conine: A – 5-8 with 2 doubles, a triple, and 2 walks. Conine has been hitting really good the last couple games. Would be nice if one of him and Millar could give us some production. Would help the team, and would also help give them some trade value.
Corey Patterson: D – 1-10 with an RBI. Come on Corey, on a day that seemed like everyone had at least 3 hits, you could only muster one? Did play solid in the field and played with a smile on his face. That has to count for something.
Kevin Millar: B – 2-3 with a double, a walk, and an RBI. Only played in game one, but did do some positive things with the bat. At least he continues to have patience at the plate. For a team that doesn’t have too much, thats a good thing.
Nick Markakis: A – 5-7 with a triple, a HBP, and 3 RBIs. Markakis broke out in game two for his first 4 hit game in the majors. Hes starting to look more comfortable at the plate. His triple was a shot that hit high off the wall in deep center field. At least two of his other hits were line drives. Looks like hes starting to turn on the fastball alot better than before. I hope this is a sign of things to come. Nick is my favorite player to root for and I’d love to see him turn his season around.
Brandon Fahey: C plus – 1-4 with a double, a walk, and 3 runs. I thought it was pretty good managing to get Fahey in at short for game two and putting Tejada at DH. Defense continues to be above average and hits continue to come in timely situations.
Luis Matos: D – 1-4 with a HBP. Not much to say about Luis. Trade him as soon as possible. I really would rather have Luis Terrero on the team than him. At least Terrero was once a top prospect and is actually hitting the ball in AAA.
Erik Bedard: A – Seven scoreless innings, 7 strikeouts. Not quite as good as his last 2 starts. He had 41 pitches through the first 2 innings and got out of some jams. But hard to argue with his line. Gets his ERA down to 4.72. If he can continue pitching like this, we have an ace on our hands. And the Phillies lineup is nothing to sneeze at. I hope for more of this kind of performance from Erik in the future.
Kris Benson: C – Not exactly the greatest performance of the year for Benson, but he got through 5 innings with the lead, so he gets the win. 5 innings, 4 ER, 2 Ks. Did give up 3 homeruns, luckily they were all solo shots. ERA stands at 4.21.
Kurt Birkins: F – Terrible day for Birkins. Got 2 outs compared to giving up 4 runs on 4 hits and 2 HRs. Did have 2 strikeouts though.
LaTroy Hawkins: C – Got the one out he needed to retire the side in the 8th inning of game one.
Chris Ray: B plus – Perfect inning in the 9th inning of game one. 2 strikeouts to record his 20th save.
Todd Williams: B plus – 2 shutout innings. Only gave up one hit. Especially clutch when he came into the game… came in with the bases loaded, nobody out and got out of the inning without giving up a run.
Sendy Rleal: D – One inning, one run, one homerun. Didn’t really matter since were already up by 8.
Chris Britton: B – Good job in garbage time. Gave up a hit and struck out one in his only inning.
So a great day overall with the hitting and pitching getting the job done in both games. Go for the series sweep (again) tomorrow night. Rodrigo Lopez vs. Ryan Madson. Go O’s.