Another Comeback Victory, 6-5

W – Jason Berken (1-1)     L – Sean Burnett (0-4)     SV – Alfredo Simon (8)

I got deja vu watching this game. It was a strikingly similar story to Friday night’s game when the Orioles overcame an early 6-0 defecit to win 7-6. Yesterday we fell behind 5-0 heading into the bottom of the 4th inning. Brad Bergesen’s return to the rotation wasn’t a very successful one. He could only make it through 4 innings giving up those 5 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks. He was getting groundball outs with an 8-3 ratio in the game but his control wasn’t nearly good enough. He walked the leadoff batter in the 3rd inning then hit Cristian Guzman with a pitch before a single by Ryan Zimmerman loaded the bases. An Adam Dunn double scored two and an RBI groundout and a single scored another two. A single, a stolen base, a sacrifice bunt, and a sacrifice fly manufactured the fifth run for the Nationals. Mark Hendrickson came out to start the 5th inning and for the second consecutive game he was very effective. Two scoreless innings only giving up one hit and striking out a batter. Our most valuable reliever of late, Jason Berken, pitched a scoreless 7th and got the first out of the 8th before Will Ohman came in and got the last two outs of the inning. With a tight one run lead Alfredo Simon came in for the save chance and surprisingly had a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The offense got things started in the bottom of the 4th after Washington got their final run of the game. Adam Jones hit a solo homerun, his 7th in June and 12th overall, to continue his ascension. We tied the game up in the bottom of the 5th with four runs of our own. Cesar Izturis opened the inning with a single and Corey Patterson followed with a double. Miguel Tejada was next and he hit one of his three singles to score a run. Nick Markakis followed with one of his two singles to score Patterson. After a strikeout and groundout Matt Wieters came through with a clutch single into right field to bring in Tejada and Markakis. He also had three singles in the game and is starting to come out of his slump. We took the lead in the bottom of the 7th when Drew Storen threw a wild pitch to score Luke Scott who grounded into a force out after Markakis walked and moved to third on a Wieters single. The confidence of this team has to be at a season high with three wins in a row now, the last two in awesome comeback fashion. The hitting is coming together and we’re on the verge of getting some key players back from injury. The only problem now is our starting pitching is pitching the worst it has all year. The bullpen on the other hand has been doing a good job lately.

Player of the game: Matt Wieters – 3-4, 2 RBI (.236 AVG)

We’ll see if the O’s can keep it up today and finish the sweep of the Nationals. Jeremy Guthrie (3-9, 4.28) tries to stop his losing streak against Luis Atilano (6-4, 4.52).


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