Extra Innings, Walk Off Win 4-3

W – Alfredo Simon (1-1)     L – Bryan Bullington (0-1)

Kevin Millwood was great again tonight. He carried a perfect game into the 5th inning but after getting the first batter out he gave up six singles with an out sandwiched in between resulting in three runs. Those were the only runs he gave up in the game over 8 innings. He gave up 10 hits altogether but didn’t walk anyone and struck out 7 batters. He worked himself out of a jam in the 8th before getting a standing ovation for his efforts. The Orioles tied the game up in the bottom of the inning and suddenly we had a game on our hands. Will Ohman started the 9th and struck out the only batter he would face. Alfredo Simon came in for the first time since his blown save on Saturday and did a very good job getting two quick outs. He stayed in the game and pitched a scoreless 10th, working around a single and a walk. Its a great sign that he was able to come back and pitch so effectively after a potential confidence killer a couple days before.

The Orioles only recorded four hits against Zack Greinke but two of them were solo homeruns by Luke Scott who also walked against the Cy Young winner. Scott is unstoppable right now after beginning the year seemingly unable to hit anything. A Nick Markakis double and Adam Jones single were the only other hits. Markakis would strike again in the 10th but not before Corey Patterson tied it up in the bottom of the 8th with his 2nd homerun, a solo shot to right center field. In the 10th Julio Lugo got things going with a single to left. Patterson walked and then Cesar Izturis, who had pinch run for Ty Wiggington in the 8th after he had singled, reached on a fielding error. Markakis cranked the walk off hit over the centerfielder’s head who was playing shallow to end it. This team seems to live based on momentum, mostly on the negative side this year, so maybe this will propel us on a nice run. This come from behind victory might have bought Dave Trembley a few more days on the job although I think the axe is going to fall eventually.

Player of the game: Luke Scott – 2-2, 2 BB, 2 solo HRs (9) (.259 AVG)

The Orioles travel to Texas to play the Rangers in a two game series starting tomorrow night. Jeremy Guthrie (2-4, 4.13) goes up against Rich Harden (2-1, 4.93) in game one.


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