Maybe third time is a charm as Eddy Rodriguez gets his first win on the season.
Bruce Chen did ok for a spot start. He hasn’t really been extended this year so him going into the 6th inning was a plus. At least he ate up some innings. He gave up 4 runs on 7 hits. He only gave up one homerun and struck out 4 batters. Chris Britton came in and did his job through the 7th inning. Time Byrdak saw his first game action since April. He went 2/3rds and gave up a hit and a run, thanks to the next pitcher. And that would be Todd Williams. He finished off the inning, giving up a walk and 2 hits, including a go ahead 3 run homer that looked like was going to give the White Sox the sweep. Eddy Rodriguez breezed through the 9th inning to keep the game within one run.
Another good game for the offense, who has done alot better since the all-star break. Brian Roberts had a couple walks. Brandon Fahey had a single and a RBI double. Miguel Tejada had a hit and 2 RBI. Jay Gibbons was the player of the game, going 4-4 with a homerun and a walk. Hes been a nice addition since his return. We really missed him while he was out. Could’ve made a difference with his bat and the improvement of Nick Markakis’ coming together at the same time. Speaking of Markakis, he had 2 hits and an RBI to continue his torrid hitting. The man who gave us the win in the 9th was Javy Lopez. Maybe it raised his trade value enough so that we can trade him now. He had 2 hits on the day, but his most important one came in the bottom of the 9th with the bases loaded. We had already tied the game, and his bouncer up the middle gave us the win.
Markakis watch: 2-4 (.293)
Tomorrow night is the start of a series against the Seattle Mariners. Hopefully we are a different team by the time the game starts. I’m starting to get nervous since the deadline is going to be over in 15 hours and we haven’t made any moves. Hopefully that flurry I was calling for comes to fruition. Anyway, tomorrows game includes Adam Loewen (1-2, 6.50) going up against Gil Meche (9-5, 4.19). Go O’s….players and front office.