Bats Come Alive In 9-5 Win

W – Jim Johnson (1-0)     L – Brad Thomas (0-1)

– That was wild game, and the Orioles first come from behind victory of the season. The patience at the plate was a welcome sight. Seven walks in the game, not to mention how many deep counts Tigers pitchers had to work through.
– Chris Tillman was coming off six no hit innings but gave up a single to the first batter of the game and four altogether in the first inning, resulting in two runs. He was up in the zone early in the game but settled down until the 5th when he started to tire. His line ended up like this: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. Certainly not great but it could have been worse after a 30+ pitch 1st inning.
– The bullpen was key tonight in holding Detroit down after we finally got the lead. Jeremy Accarado helped the bullpen out appearing in three innings (1.2 IP altogether). He gave up a run in the 7th but was stretched a little far. Jim Johnson’s fastball looked like it was back to 2008 form, he threw 1.2 scoreless innings striking out three. Koji Uehara continued to throw strikes, hes now third all-time with 35 consecutive appearances without allowing a walk. He tossed a 1-2-3 inning striking out a batter.
– Every player in the lineup reached base at least once tonight. Derrek Lee was 0-4 with a walk but it seemed like he worked the count full in every at bat. I love his approach at the plate. On the opposite end is Vladimir Guerrero but he hit his first homerun as an Oriole to dead center field and later drove in a run on an RBI single. Another new guy, Mark Reynolds, worked his first walk of the season and also drove in three runs on a double and a single.
– Adam Jones snapped out of his slump by dropping down a bunt single in the 2nd inning. He stole second and would come around to score. Then he smoked a two run homer in his next at bat and later hit a sacrifice fly that was hit pretty well. With our lineup players can work through slumps without stressing out too much since there should be someone else to pick them up.
– Luke Scott made his return to the lineup and hit a double to the gap. He was also intentionally walked and robbed of a single with the Tigers playing the shift on him.
– JJ Hardy was a late scratch from the lineup with a strained back and Cesar Izturis got the start. To his credit Izturis came in and had a good game with a single, a walk, and an RBI. Brian Roberts singled and doubled. Hes now scored a run in every game so far. Nick Markakis walked twice and Matt Wieters walked once.

Player of the game: Adam Jones – 2-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR (1), SB (2) (.182 AVG)

The Orioles have some momentum with the Texas Rangers coming to town for a weekend series. They’re playing well so Zach Britton (1-0, 1.50) will have to give a good effort in his home debut if we want to beat Colby Lewis (1-0, 4.50) and the Rangers powerful lineup.

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