O’s Rebound With 4-3 Win

W – Jeremy Guthrie (6-11)     L – Mark Buehrle (10-9)     SV – Alfredo Simon (17)

Jeremy Guthrie continued his dominant pitching post all-star break. He looks better than the guy from 2007 and 2008 right now. He held the White Sox to one run on 6 hits and a walk over 8 innings with 4 strikeouts. The starting pitching has been nothing short of spectacular since Buck Showalter became manager and we’re now 5-1 since he came on. If Guthrie can keep this up his trade value will be through the roof in the offseason or he could lead our staff next year. On the opposite end Alfredo Simon’s struggles continued as he almost blew the save in the 9th inning but managed to hold on. He gave up a two run homer to make it a one run game before shutting the door. The O’s took an early 1-0 lead after Felix Pie hit his third homerun of the season, a solo shot in the 2nd inning. We got two more runs in the 6th when Corey Patterson led off with a walk and scored on Nick Markakis’ 38th double of the season. Ty Wiggington followed it up with a double of his own to bring in another. Cesar Izturis led off with a double in the 7th inning (he also had a single) and scored on a Brian Roberts RBI single, his second of the game. Adam Jones had a single and a double while Wiggington and Josh Bell each also singled.

Player of the game: Jeremy Guthrie – 8 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 4 K, W (6-11) (4.04 ERA)

The series finale is tomorrow night as the Orioles try to win the series outright. Brian Matusz (4-11, 5.26) goes against Edwin Jackson (7-10, 4.97), newly acquired by Chicago.

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