Red Sox Complete 2 Game Sweep, 7-5

W – Billy Wagner (1-0, 1.35) L – Matt Albers (2-5, 5.46) SV – Jonathon Papelbon (35)

Dave Trembley is really trying to overuse our oversized bullpen. It seems like hes trying to get as many pitchers in each game as possible. Jason Berken started for the O’s, and his line was pretty predictable. 5.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K. Thats about what hes been doing for his last 7 starts. At least we know what we’re going to get from him. He came out with one out in the 6th, and thats when the pitching change carousel began. Alberto Castillo came in and got an out, then was removed for Matt Albers. Albers allowed the tying run to come in but got out of the inning. He started the 7th, but gave up a hit and was removed in favor of Mark Hendrickson. Hendrickson struck out the only batter he faced. Danys Baez was next and he got hit around. He allowed the inherited runner to score, along with two of his own on 2 hits and 2 walks. In the 8th, newly acquired Sean Henn started it out. He got an out on a strikeout, but gave up 2 hits and was taken out for Cla Meredith. Meredith gave up a hit, but was able to get out of the inning without allowing any damage.

The offense was alright last night but they just couldn’t keep up with the Red Sox hitters. In the 2nd, Matt Wieters walked, Luke Scott followed that with a walk of his own, and Ty Wiggington singled to load the bases with no outs. But we would only get one run, on a Cesar Izturis double play that scored Wieters. We got another in the 5th when Brian Roberts hit his 50th double of the season, stole 3rd base (his 28th steal), and scored on a sacrifice fly by Nolan Reimold. Roberts joined select company by becoming only the 4th player in MLB history to hit 50 doubles in 3 or more seasons. The other three are Tris Speaker, Stan Musial, and Paul Waner. Not bad. We got two more in the 6th when Roberts walked with the bases loaded and Felix Pie hit an RBI single. Our last run came in the 9th when Scott hit a sacrifice fly to score Nick Markakis, who had 3 hits in the game. Wieters had a pair of singles to go with his walk.

Player of the game: Nick Markakis (3-4, R, BB, double (42) (.305 AVG))

The Orioles get another day off today before going to New York to face the Yankees. In game one, the O’s get a chance at redemption against Andy Pettitte (13-6, 4.10) who threw a gem against us about a week ago. Chris Tillman (1-3, 4.66) pitches for Baltimore.


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