O’s On Right Side Of 7-6 Game

W – Jim Johnson (1-1)     L – Scott Atchison (0-1)     SV – Cla Meredith (1)

David Hernandez started and was solid but not spectacular. Hes been pretty consistent so far this year, going about 5 or 6 innings and allowing 2-4 runs. Yesterday he went 5 and allowed 3. He gave up 4 hits and walked 3 batters and only struck out one. But the good thing is he kept us in the game and still hasn’t allowed a homerun on the season despite that being a big issue for him in 2009. He started the 6th inning but walked the lead off man and gave up back to back singles that were hit sharply. Both of his inherited runners would score after Mark Hendrickson came in and gave up 2 hits and a sacrifice fly. He got two outs but Jason Berken was brought in to end the inning. Berken started the 7th and gave up a lead off double but was able to get back to back groundouts before Alberto Castillo came in and got the last out. He also got the first out of the 8th before Jim Johnson was brought in. He got out of the 8th cleanly and pitched a scoreless 9th, but as soon as the Orioles grabbed a three run lead in the top of the 10th he started to struggle. Of course that could’ve been him tiring since he was working on his 3rd inning. A pair of doubles with a fly out in between then back to back singles made it a one run game with runners on first and second with one out. It looked like we were going to find a way to lose another close game but Cla Meredith came in and got a pop out and a line out to end it. Maybe this will get the monkey off of our back and we can start winning some ballgames.

The offense got on the board in the 2nd inning when Rhyne Hughes doubled and score on Craig Tatum’s RBI single. In the 7th we tied the game at four when Nolan Reimold doubled then scored on Nick Markakis’ double which was followed up by a 2 run homerun by Miguel Tejada. The offense was on all cylinders again today with 14 hits, the first time with back to back good games. Most unusual of all was that we scored runs at the most opportune times for a change. In the 10th we loaded the bases thanks to a Tejada single, Luke Scott double, and Ty Wiggington walk. Hughes lined a single into right to give the O’s the lead. Calling him up is the best thing the Orioles have done this year. Matt Wieters singled in two more after coming into the game a couple innings prior. Luckily it was enough to hold on for a rare victory. We can’t breath a sigh of relief yet because our next 13 games are against the Yankees, Red Sox, and Twins.

Player of the game: Miguel Tejada (2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR (3) (.283 AVG))

The Orioles get a day off to let the feeling of a win sink in, but the Yankees come into town tomorrow night for a three game series. Kevin Millwood (0-3, 3.38) takes the mound for the birds, Phil Hughes (2-0, 2.19) for the Yanks.


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