Orioles Win 3-2 In Robert’s Return

W – Jeremy Guthrie (4-10)     L – Anthony Slama (0-1)     SV – Alfredo Simon (14)

Jeremy Guthrie is pitching well at the right time. With the trade deadline fast approaching and plenty of teams looking for starting pitching Guthrie could be a target for a number of teams. It would be wise for the Orioles to move him if the right deal is put on the table. He has two years of arbitration left after this season so his value is higher than a half season rental. Tonight he pitched 7 solid innings giving up 6 hits and the only runs coming on a two run homer by Joe Mauer. He struck out 6 batters and didn’t walk anybody. Will Ohman started the 8th and got the first two outs but allowed a single and a walk. David Hernandez came in and got the last out although it was a little scary, a fly ball that was caught against the wall by Adam Jones. Alfredo Simon pitched a scoreless 9th to pick up the save. He gave up a single but a nice play by Miguel Tejada killed the Twins rally and ended the game.

The Orioles took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a string of singles. Miguel Tejada started it off, moved to second on Luke Scott’s single, and scored on Adam Jones’ RBI single. After the Twins took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 6th inning the Orioles struck right back in the bottom half. After Tejada singled Scott crushed a two run homer into right center field, his 15th, to put the O’s on top for good. The only other hits were an opposite field triple by Ty Wiggington and a single by Craig Tatum but for once the Orioles got key hits when it mattered. The return of Brian Roberts was anti-climatic as he went 0-4 with a strikeout but it was nice to have him back and at least we won the game. It should also be noted that he batted right handed against the lefty and he hasn’t had many swings from that side of the plate in his rehab assignment. I’m sure he’ll get back into the swing of things before long.

Player of the game: Luke Scott – 2-4, R, 2 RBI, HR (15) (.288 AVG)

Tomorrow night Brian Matusz (3-10, 5.21) tries to turn things around against Scott Baker (7-9, 5.15) in game three of the series against Minnesota.

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