O’s Hammer Indians 13-4

W – Jason Berken (4-11, 6.33) L – Fausto Carmona (3-9, 6.20)

The offense was scorching last night. It kicked off in the 2nd when Nick Markakis and Luke Scott singled. Matt Wieters doubled Markakis in and a Cesar Izturis single scored Scott. Scott doubled to lead off the 4th and came around to score on a Wieters single. Ty Wiggington walked and Izturis moved the runners up with a bunt. Scott scored on a Brian Roberts groundout, then Felix Pie doubled to get Wieters in. Wigginton hit an RBI single in the 5th to give the O’s a 6-2 lead. We scored 3 more in the 6th, starting with a Pie solo homerun. Nolan Reimold, Melvin Mora, and Scott each walked to load the bases for Wieters, who hit what amounted to a long single trying to stretch it into a double. 2 runs scored. In the 7th Pie hit one into the gap to score Wiggington after he singled, but Felix came up limping and had to settle for a single. It looked scary at the time, but it appears to only be a bad cramp in his hamstring. Thats the last thing we need after Pie has finally been getting playing time and taking full advantage of it. Reimold singled next and Markakis brought all the runners in with his 16th homerun of the season.

Berken did a good job of limiting the damage he created for himself last night. It wasn’t pretty but he was able to get out of jams after letting men on base, for the most part. He threw alot of pitches and was only able to go 5 innings, but he struck out 5 batters. He allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks. Thats wins in back to back starts for Berken now. Cla Meredith pitched the 6th, giving up a solo homerun, Mark Hendrickson pitched 2 scoreless innings, and Kam Mickolio gave up a run in the 9th before ending the game. It didn’t help that Robert Andino was playing center field at the end with Pie and Adam Jones both banged up.

Player of the game: Felix Pie (3-5, R, 3 RBI, double (7), HR (6) (.271 AVG))

The O’s will try to keep the momentum going tonight with Chris Tillman (1-2, 4.58) pitching. Jeremy Sowers (5-9, 4.93) goes for Cleveland.


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