Another Comeback, Walk Off Win 5-4

W – Matt Albers (5-3)     L – Sean White (0-1)

That was exciting. The Orioles improved to 7-1 at home under Buck Showalter with an 11 inning walk off victory. Adam Jones recorded his third single of the game when he laid down a safety squeeze bunt to score Nick Markakis, who doubled and advanced to third on a ground ball, and end the game with the O’s on top. Markakis also had two singles in the game. We had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the 9th after Julio Lugo walked with the bases loaded to tie it up at 4-4 but Brian Roberts got thrown out at first on a close play after he hit a weak grounder towards second base. We got three runs in the first two innings to take a 3-1 lead. Brian Roberts hit a sacrifice fly and Markakis had an RBI single. Ty Wiggington and Luke Scott each had a pair of singles while Roberts, Felix Pie, Cesar Izturis, Josh Bell, and Matt Wieters each had one. Wieters also walked twice. We were able to overcome some bad calls that didn’t go our way, most notably a sacrifice bunt by Pie that should’ve been a single since he beat the throw by a half step. It was nice to see the players keep grinding despite things looking bad.

Alfredo Simon gave up a solo homerun in the top of the 9th with the game tied to almost blow the game. Thats four games in a row where Simon has given up a homerun and six out of his last 10 outings. Hes going to lose his spot in the back end of the bullpen soon especially with the way Koji Uehara and Mike Gonzalez have been pitching. Last night Koji struck out four batters with a double and infield single on a bunt attempt in between. Gonzalez faced two batters and struck them both out throwing heat. Matt Albers earned the win by working a scoreless 11th. He was a little wild throwing a walk but he got through it. Mark Hendrickson pitched a solid inning of work including getting out of a bases loaded jam with one out after he replaced starter Brad Bergesen. Bergesen wasn’t as good as he had been in his previous three starts but he battled. The homerun ball has been his biggest problem, which is weird coming from a sinker baller, including two more solo shots last night. Altogether he gave up 3 runs on 9 hits and a walk with 5 strikeouts over 5.1 innings. You can tell hes much improved just by looking at his strikeouts lately. He wasn’t striking anyone out in the first half of the year but now hes putting up some decent numbers in that category.

Player of the game: Adam Jones – 3-5, R, GW RBI, BB (.285 AVG)

Kevin Millwood (2-12, 5.74) starts game two against Luke French (1-3, 4.96), a lefty the Mariners acquired from the Detroit Tigers last year at the trade deadline.

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