O’s Shut Out In Series Opener 5-0

W – Carl Pavano (12-6)     L – Kevin Millwood (2-9)

I have to admit that tonights game was very boring to watch. I just had a hard time getting exciting to watch Kevin Millwood’s return from the DL. We didn’t miss much, he was the same guy he was when he went on the disabled list. He ate some innings (6.1 to be exact) but gave up 5 runs including three in the first on 7 hits and 3 walks with 2 strikeouts. Michael Gonzalez also made his first appearance since coming off of the disabled list, giving up a hit and an intentional walk but no runs. Koji Uehara pitched the last two innings without allowing any runs and striking out two. The Orioles only had six baserunners in the game. Cesar Izturis and Jake Fox each doubled while Nick Markakis, Luke Scott, and Craig Tatum singled and Ty Wiggington walked. Wiggington was involved in the only entertaining part of the game when he was ejected in the middle innings. I’ve never seen an Oriole so worked up before. It was pretty refreshing. The first base umpire missed an obvious call at first base on a bad steal attempt. Wiggington clearly tagged him before he touched the base as he was trying to scramble back to first but the umpire called him safe. Wiggington was thrown out and could face a suspension and then a few batters later pitching coach Rick Kranitz was thrown out from the dugout. Juan Samuel didn’t like that and exploded on the home plate umpire earning himself an early exit as well. I love the fire, next time lets play some good baseball to go with it.

Player of the game: Koji Uehara – 2 IP, H, 0 ER, 2 K (2.51 ERA)

The series continues tomorrow with Jeremy Guthrie (3-10, 4.58) going up against Brian Duensing (3-1, 1.67) in game two.

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