Orioles Take It To Indians 8-1

W – Jeremy Guthrie (2-4)     L – Justin Masterson (0-4)

This was a rare game where the Orioles were in control for its entirety and the outcome was never really in doubt. Jeremy Guthrie started out a little shaky in the first inning. After getting the first two batters out he walked Shin-Soo Choo and hit Travis Hafner with a pitch. Johnny Peralta blooped a single into left field to give the Indians the 1-0 lead, but that was the last run they would score. In fact, Guthrie went on to retire the next 16 batters consecutively after that run scored. He gave up a single in the 7th and hit another batter in the 8th but that was it. He really had his A game last night going 8 innings and allowing a run on 2 hits and a walk with 5 strikeouts. He would’ve finished the game himself except his pitch count was up at 113. Will Ohman pitched the 9th inning instead, giving up a hit and striking out two batters in a scoreless effort. It was a fantastic pitching performance and all of a sudden Guthrie looks like the 2008 model as opposed to the 2009 version. Ohman has still yet to give up a run.

The offense left alot of runners on base early on but was able to cash in the later innings. We left 13 men on base as a team and were only 5-20 with runners in scoring position but we had so many opportunities that it was still enough to score 8 runs. We first struck in the 3rd inning with an Adam Jones RBI triple and Luke Scott RBI single. It was Miguel Tejada in the 6th with the bases loaded, grounding a 2 RBI single up the middle. Scott continues to heat up with another RBI single which was followed by a Ty Wiggington RBI single. Tejada had another RBI single in the 7th and Wiggington scored on a wild pitch in the 8th after leading off with a double and advancing to third on a ground out. Corey Patterson continued to defy all expectations with three singles, a walk, and a sensational leaping catch at the wall to rob Grady Sizemore of a homerun in the 3rd inning. Scott and Wiggington each had three hits, Jones and Tejada had two. Nick Markakis singled and walked while Matt Wieters and Cesar Izturis each walked twice. All of a sudden we look like a different team, although we still could use a little more change. We’re not getting any production out of first base. Rhyne Hughes was 0-5 with two strikeouts, dropping his batting average to .213 and his OPS to .530. Pat Burrell was just designated for assignment, maybe we’ll go after him.

Player of the game: Jeremy Guthrie – 8 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 5 K, W (2-4) (4.13 ERA)

The O’s will try to make it four in a row tonight with Brian Matusz (2-3, 4.91) trying to bounce back from his worst start against Mitch Talbot (4-2, 3.43) for Cleveland.

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