O’s Come Home In Style, Win 5-1

W – Jake Arrieta (1-0)     L – Rick Porcello (0-1)

– The fans were really into the game for the home opener. It was a playoff level atmosphere and you can tell the team is bringing some real excitement to the area. The team is playing consistently good and we still haven’t gotten much from the middle of our lineup.
– Jake Arrieta continued the streak of excellent starting pitching for the Orioles. He wasn’t quite as crisp as the first three guys were but those were tough acts to follow. He gave up six hits and walked two batters but he was able to limit the damage to just the one run. He got key outs with runners on base and was able to get through six innings. Overall an encouraging first start. O’s starters have only allowed two runs over 26 innings.
– Jason Berken looks very good early on here and he pitched two more scoreless innings, striking out three batters. Koji Uehara finished the game with a scoreless 9th. He was as good as he usually is. The bullpen has the potential to be very good even though Mike Gonzalez and Kevin Gregg are walking anxiety attacks for fans.
– The Orioles scores the first run of the game in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Matt Wieters led off with a double and made a very heads up play to tag on Adam Jones’ long fly ball out and advance to third. He then scored on a wild pitch. Wieters also walked and hit an RBI single in the 5th.
– Brian Roberts did it again. Hes now broken open three of the four games with huge extra base hits. It was another three run homer in the bottom of the 5th after Felix Pie singled and JJ Hardy doubled. Roberts now leads the majors with 8 RBI in four games.
– Nick Markakis had a big game with two singles and a double. He had hits in five straight at bats until he was retired in the 7th. Derrek Lee singled, walked, and stole a base. Most importantly hes had great at bats, working the count. His swing looks good so its only a matter of time before he starts doing some real damage.
– The two guys who have struggled are Jones and Vladimir Guerrero. Its very early but they’re both hitting only .125 with no extra base hits or walks. The lineup is so deep that we can go 4-0 with those guys not hitting. Thats a great thing.

Player of the game: Matt Wieters – 2-3, R, RBI, BB, double (1) (.385 AVG)

The O’s get an early off day tomorrow before the series with the Tigers continues Wednesday night. Unfortunately Jeremy Guthrie is in the hospital with pneumonia and will be sidelined five to seven days so he can’t make the start. Brad Bergesen (0-0, -.–) will get the call instead, going against Detroit’s ace Justin Verlander (0-0, 4.50).

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