O’s Complete 4 Game Sweep 4-1

W – Jake Arrieta (3-2)     L – CJ Wilson (7-5)     SV – Alfredo Simon (13)

Pretty encouraging weekend for the Orioles. Their first four game sweep on the road since 1995 against a first place team. And back to back very good performances from our young starting pitchers. After Chris Tillman’s outstanding outing on Saturday night, Jake Arrieta came out yesterday and had a fine performance of his own to earn the victory. He went through 6.1 innings allowing one run, 6 hits, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts. He gave up a solo homerun in the 1st inning to Ian Kinsler but other than that was able to keep the Rangers off the board. I’m not quite sure why he came out of the game in the 7th inning since he got the first batter out and his pitch count was only at 90. I would’ve let him finish the inning with how good he was pitching, but Juan Samuel decided to bring in Will Ohman instead. Ohman walked the first batter and then gave up a single before Jason Berken was brought on to get the last two outs. He also pitched a scoreless 8th inning to keep the O’s in the lead. Alfredo Simon notched his 13th save with a scoreless 9th even though he allowed a pair of hits in the frame.

The offense jumped into a two run lead in the top of the 2nd inning. Adam Jones led off with a double, Craig Tatum walked, and Julio Lugo doubled to score the first run. Corey Patterson blooped a double down the left field line to score Tatum and Lugo and that was enough for the birds to win the game. We added an insurance run in the 9th when Miguel Tejada hit his 7th homerun of the season. Tatum and Cesar Izturis each stole a base in the game. Tejada also walked three times. Nick Markakis, Ty Wiggington, Tatum, and Lugo each singled and Izturis walked. The Orioles are rolling now heading into the all-star break. There are rumors that Buck Showalter could be signed after the all-star game and be our manager to start the second half. I’d like to see our “core” players do well in the second half and hopefully that leads to more wins. Hopefully we trade a few veterans and can get some momentum going towards 2011 in the second half of the season. We need some good fortune after our horrendous beginning of the year.

Player of the game: Jake Arrieta – 6.1 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K, W (3-2) (4.38 ERA)

We get four days off in a row before Toronto comes into town for a three game set. I believe the pitchers for Fridays match up will be Jeremy Guthrie (3-10, 4.77) for us and Ricky Romero (6-6, 3.71) for the Blue Jays.

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