3-2 Win Finishes Sweep Of Red Sox

W – Matt Albers (2-3)     L – Jonathon Papelbon (1-2)

This looks like a different team all of a sudden. We’ve now won five out of our last seven games and have a bunch of momentum heading onto a road trip to New York and Minnesota. It was another walk off win in extra innings, again in the 10th frame. The hero this time was Ty Wiggington. He crushed a double to the gap in left center field with Nick Markakis on second base to end it. Markakis walked, moved to second on a wild pick off attempt, and cruised home on Wiggington’s double. He also singled twice in the game, one of those led off the 4th inning when the Orioles scored their other two runs of the game. Wiggington was hit by a pitch (he was also hit in the 1st) and Miguel Tejada singled to load the bases. Nolan Reimold grounded out but a run scored on the play. Rhyne Hughes followed with a double that scored a run. Adam Jones continued his resurgence with a couple of hits. Matt Wieters didn’t start the game but had a pinch hit double in the 9th and stayed on at catcher to finish the game. The offense didn’t light the world on fire but we were facing the Red Sox ace in Josh Beckett. Our pitching kept us in the game and we got the key hit when it mattered. Pretty much the opposite of what we were doing the first three weeks of the season.

Kevin Millwood continues to pitch like its 1999. He pitched a solid 8 innings yesterday, only giving up two runs on two solo homers. He walked 4 batters and struck out 4. He does a great job of mixing his pitches, keeping his pitch count manageable, and staying calm under pressure. Hes a great example for the younger pitchers on the staff to learn from. Looks like Andy MacPhail got a steal by trading struggling reliever Chris Ray to Texas over the offseason for Millwood. Andy is great at making trades that help the Orioles more than the other team. Garrett Olson for Felix Pie was another one. And of course the Miguel Tejada and Erik Bedard trades. Will Ohman struck out the side in the 9th with a hit mixed in between. Dave Trembley approached the mound with a right handed hitter coming up with two outs but Ohman told him he was staying in the game and held up his end of the bargain by striking the guy out. Matt Albers picked up the win with a scoreless 10th, walking a batter and giving up a hit.

Player of the game: Ty Wiggington – 1-2, RBI, 2 HBP, double (4) (.329 AVG)

The Orioles are in New York tonight with a rematch from last week: Jeremy Guthrie (0-3, 4.70) vs. CC Sabathia (3-1, 3.12). Hopefully the weather holds up and they can get the game in.

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