Bats Come Alive In 16-6 Win

Chris Tillman was credited with his first major league win.

What a game. The hitting really broke out last night. There were so many good performances, but the most impressive was Felix Pie. He hit a double in the 1st, a homerun in the 3rd, and a single and a triple in the 7th to complete the cycle. He became the 4th player in Orioles history to accomplish the feat, joining Brooks Robinson, Cal Ripken, and Aubrey Huff. Pie also made an outstanding diving catch in the outfield. The O’s also tied a franchise record with 9 doubles and set a franchise record with 12 extra base hits. Brian Roberts had three doubles in the game, giving him 43 for the season. He easily leads the league in that category. Cesar Izturis hit a single, double, and triple in the game. Adam Jones had a single, double, and a walk. Nick Markakis had an RBI double. Aubrey Huff had a single, double, walk, and two RBI. Nolan Reimold had a double and two walks. Matt Wieters had a single and two RBI. Melvin Mora had an RBI single. It was a group effort and a very exciting game to watch.

I’m sure Chris Tillman appreciated all the run support. He pitched a great game, after the 1st inning. He gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks in the inning. He gave up a run in the 4th and left the game in the 7th with a runner on first base. His final line was 6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 3 K. Matt Albers came in and promptly allowed the runner on first to score, along with 2 of his own runners. Albers has just been terrible for the month of August. Send him down and bring Kam Mickolio back up. Chris Ray pitched a scoreless 9th to end the game.

Player of the game: Felix Pie (4-5, 3 R, 4 RBI, double (5), triple (3), HR (3) (.252 AVG))

We’ll try to repeat last nights performance tonight. Brian Matusz (1-0, 7.04) tries to bounce back from his last start in his first time pitching in Camden Yards against John Lackey (7-5, 3.88), who I wouldn’t mind seeing in an Oriole uniform next year.

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