Excitement Abound In 6-5 Win

W – Mark Hendrickson (1-0)     L – Brandon League (3-3)     SV – Alfredo Simon (5)

Watch out american league pitching, here comes Luke Scott. He was the hero again today with a game winning grand slam in the bottom of the 8th inning. He now has a four game hitting streak with three homeruns over that span. The Orioles entered the 8th losing 5-1. We got our first run in the 4th inning on a Ty Wiggington single. Nick Markakis scored after walking, advancing to second on a wild pitch, and advancing to third on a Miguel Tejada ground out. The new catalyst Corey Patterson led off the 8th with a homerun after hitting a double earlier in the game. That wasn’t the only important thing he would do, more on that later. Adam Jones followed the homer with a strikeout… but was able to make it to first base because the ball got away from the catcher. Markakis lined a single to left, Tejada grounded into a force out, and Wiggington walked to load the bases and set up Scott’s big moment. His grand slam was to the opposite field and was just out of reach of the leaping left fielder. It was a rare great moment for the Orioles and another potential momentum builder. Rhyne Hughes singled in the game but struck out three times and Wiggington had another single earlier in the game.

Kevin Millwood was great until the 5th inning and then he started leaving balls up in the zone and the long ball got to him. With a runner on third and two outs he gave up an RBI single to the number nine hitter and then a homerun to Ichiro. Solo homeruns in the 6th and 7th were the cause for Seattle’s other runs and ultimately the cause of Millwood’s exit. He still managed to eat 6.2 innings, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits and a walk with 5 strikeouts. He leads the AL in homeruns allowed after today but I’m still happy to have him in our rotation. Mark Hendrickson came in and got the last out of the 7th and threw a scoreless 8th to pick up the win after he was lucky enough to be the pitcher of record during the Orioles big 8th inning. Alfredo Simon came in to get the save but it wasn’t without some more excitement. The lead off batter grounded out to second base but a hit batter and a walk left runners at first and second. Michael Saunders struck out for the second out but Ichiro singled to left field. Josh Wilson came around third to score, but Corey Patterson’s throw to the plate was ahead of the runner and Matt Wieters made an excellent sweep tag to record the final out of the game in stunning fashion. The team burst into celebration and both Patterson and Luke Scott received pies to the face during post game interviews.

Player of the game: Luke Scott – 2-4, Grand Slam (6) (.213 AVG)

The Orioles will try to carry the momentum into the upcoming Cleveland series as the Indians come to town for a three game set. Jeremy Guthrie (1-4, 4.67) pitches for the O’s, Justin Masterson (0-3, 5.23) for the tribe.


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