Brooms Come Out; O’s Lose 10-2

W – CC Sabathia (16-7, 3.48) L – Kam Mickolio (0-2, 2.84) SV – Phil Hughes (2)

This game was 3-2 heading into the 9th inning. We’ll get to that later, but Jason Berken found a way to gut out a good performace. He allowed too many baserunners, but was able to hold the Yankees to 1 run over 5.1 innings. He gave up 8 hits and walked 2 while striking out 3 batters. He left the game with a runner on 2nd and one out. Mark Hendrickson came in and struck out the only batter he faced. Mickolio was brought in and he got out of the inning. It was the next inning where he earned the loss. He walked Johnny Damon, gave up a double to Nick Swisher, and a single to Alex Rodriguez to give the Yankees the lead. Alberto Castillo was brought in. He picked off A-Rod and got out of the inning. Danys Baez pitched a perfect 8th to keep the game close. Then came the 9th… Jim Johnson was brought in and he couldn’t even record an out. He was charged with 5 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. Two of those runs were courtesy of Dennis Sarfate, who relieved Johnson but not Dave Trembley. He gave up 4 hits, let 2 inherited runners score and 2 of his own before he had to be taken out of the game. I predict Sarfate will not be an Oriole next year. Brian Bass came on and got the last out of the inning.

CC Sabathia shut us down. He could be on his way to the Cy Young award. It looked good early, as it usually does with the Orioles, when we scored a run in the bottom of the first. Brian Roberts and Nolan Reimold singled, with Roberts going to third on the later. Nick Markakis hit a fly ball deep enough to score Roberts and give him his 90th RBI. In the 8th Reimold hit a solo homerun which at the time cut the Yankee’s lead to one. Ty Wiggington had a pair of singles in the game. So did Felix Pie, whos only flaw with his hitting lately has been his effort against left handed pitchers. But he singled in his first two at bats, which happened to be against one of the best left handed pitchers in the major leagues. You have to be happy with Pie’s development at this point. If you’re not, you’ve got some kind of bias against the guy. He makes some mistakes on the bases, but the kid is only 24 and has a world of potential. He was a top prospect for a reason.

Player of the game: Nolan Reimold (2-3, R, RBI, BB, HR (13) (.277 AVG))

The Orioles have a much needed day off tomorrow before the Texas Rangers come into town. Chris Tillman (1-2, 4.24) tries to get through the exhaustion that comes at the end of a long season, especially for rookies. Scott Feldman (14-4, 3.72) pitches for the Rangers.

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