O’s Win Final Game 5-4

W – Matt Albers (3-6, 5.51) L – Brandon League (3-6, 4.58)

Jeremy Guthrie started the game for the Orioles and worked hard to get the win, but the game went into extra innings. He pitched 7.2 innings, giving up 4 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks with 5 strikeouts. He gave up three homeruns in the game to give him 35 for the season. That number has to come down next season if he wants to improve. Guthrie ends the season having pitched exactly 200 innings, which is the most for his career. Alberto Castillo replaced Guthrie in the 8th and struck out the only batter he faced. Dennis Sarfate pitched the 9th and 10th. He was very effective, walking one batter and striking out two. Albers pitched a perfect 11th, striking out two, to earn the victory.

In the first inning Brian Roberts led off with a single and would come around to score on Nick Markakis’ 18th homerun of the season. The two RBIs gave Markakis 101 on the year, his second time breaking the 100 RBI barrier. We loaded the bases in the 6th when Jeff Fiorentino and Roberts singled, followed by a Robert Andino walk. After Matt Wieters and Markakis got out, Justin Turner pinch hit for Melvin Mora and singled in two more runs. The offense stalled until the bottom of the 11th. By then Blue Jays reliever Brandon League must have had enough of the season because he singlehandedly gave the game to the Orioles. Michael Aubrey led off with a single. Lou Montanez attempted a sacrifice bunt and was safe at first because League threw the ball away. The next batter was Jeff Fiorentino, who also put down a sacrifice bunt. And, again, League threw the ball away allowing the game winning run to come in.

Player of the game: Brian Roberts (2-3, 2 R, 2 BB, SB (30) (.283 AVG))

That wraps it up for the 2009 season, but keep checking back here at The Oriole Report all throughout the offseason. I’ll be analyzing any transactions to go along with 2009 reviews/2010 outlooks for each position and a top 25 prospect list. In the meantime, enjoy the playoffs and the football season. I already can’t wait for spring training 2010.

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