O’s Walk Off With 5-4 Victory

W – Matt Albers (1-3)     L – Ramon Ramirez (0-1)

This team needed a win like this. It was an exciting game that resulted in an extra inning, walk off win. Its the kind of game that you can really gain momentum from and it finally gives this team something to be excited about. I was lucky enough to be able to watch the game from Toyota’s sky box suite last night. I was in the suite right next to owner Peter Angelos’ and he was at the game. I must say that he didn’t appear to have much interest as to what was going on with the game. I looked over whenever there was a momentum shifting play and each time it didn’t look like he cared. He would be having a conversation with someone, not looking at the field of play. Obviously I don’t know what he was thinking but it would be nice to see him at least clap when the Orioles took a 3-1 lead or when we tied the game back up. At least he was there at the game. Maybe it shows that hes fed up with the team or maybe it means hes finally given up trying to dictate how the general manager does his job. Regardless, it was good to see the team win the way they did.

David Hernandez started off very strong. He allowed a solo homerun in the 2nd inning but responded nicely and blanked the Red Sox over the next three innings. He started to lose his control as once the game hit the 5th inning and in the 6th he gave up another solo homerun. He always seems to hit a wall around the 5th or 6th, one of the reasons I think hes going to end up in the bullpen as a late inning power arm. Will Ohman came in after Hernandez’ fifth walk and easily got the two left handed hitters he faced out. Jason Berken started the 7th and struggled a bit. He was able to get a double play but other than that was hit hard and walked a batter. Jim Johnson came in with runners on first and second and proceeded to allow the Red Sox to tie the game with an RBI single. The run was charged to Berken, but Johnson was charged a run of his own in the 8th when JD Drew hit his second homerun of the game. After that he walked the bases loaded before Cla Meredith bailed him out and ended the inning. Alfredo Simon pitched a scoreless 9th but it wasn’t easy. He walked two batters and was in a deep count with most batters he faced, but also struck out two batters. Matt Albers looked good with a clean 10th and was granted the win after the Orioles won the game in the bottom of the inning.

The O’s got out to a quick start, scoring two runs in the first. Adam Jones led off with a line drive single then Nick Markakis lined his 10th double of the season down the right field line. Matt Wieters followed with an RBI single into left and Miguel Tejada lifted a sacrifice fly for the other run. The Red Sox gave us a run in the 4th when Adrian Beltre couldn’t handle a groundball that allowed Tejada to score after hitting a single and advancing to second on Luke Scott’s walk. We were shutout until the 8th when Tejada struck again, this time with a monstrous homerun to tie the game at four. Tejada was also the hero in the 10th when he hit the game winning RBI single after Jones doubled and Markakis was intentionally walked. Tejada slapped a hanging curve ball up the middle to end the Orioles two game losing streak when it seemed like we were going to find a way to lose. Jones looks like he might be busting out of his slump. Hes batting .320 with a walk, two doubles, and a homerun in his last six games. The 5-9 spots in the lineup went hitless last night, although Ty Wiggington and Rhyne Hughes each walked. Garrett Atkins continues to be completely inept at the plate. Hes become a human rally killer as he grounded into a double play with the bases loaded again.

Player of the game: Miguel Tejada (3-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR (4) (.293 AVG))

Brad Bergesen (0-2, 12.19) makes his return to the team tonight. Hes pitching across from Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-0, -.–), whos making his season debut after being called up from the minors.

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