O’s Hold On For 5-4 Win

W – Zach Britton (3-1)     L – Nick Blackburn (1-3)     SV – Kevin Gregg (2)

– Zach Britton went out and gave the Orioles a quality start despite coming down with flu like symptoms, holding the Twins to 3 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks over 6 innings with 3 strikeouts. Normally he would’ve came back out for the 7th with his pitch count at 88 but he was feeling more sick as the game went on and had just given up two runs in the 6th. Its nice to see the rookie battle like that when hes not feeling 100% and get the team a win.
– The bullpen did its job. Jim Johnson needed only eight pitches in a perfect 7th inning. His stuff looks real good this year. Koji Uehara gave up his first run of the season on two hits and a walk in the 8th to cut the O’s lead to one run. But Kevin Gregg closed it with a 1-2-3 inning in the 9th, the last out coming on a ball Adam Jones caught at the wall. It was close but he got the job done this time.
– The offense jumped out to an early lead again, scoring four runs in the bottom of the 2nd. Vladimir Guerrero had an infield single and Luke Scott followed with a flare into right field for a single of his own. After a wild pitch advanced the runners, Adam Jones slapped a two RBI double down the right field line. It was a nice piece of hitting by the center fielder.
– Matt Wieters followed with a monster two run homer to deep center field. Hes been locked in ever since changing his batting stance back to how it was in the minors when he dominated minor league pitching. Its taken awhile, and its still only a few games, but it looks like the Matt Wieters we expected to get from the start has finally arrived. His swing looks quicker and more smooth and the ball is just jumping off his bat. He also walked in the game and continues to look stellar behind the plate.
– Vladimir Guerrero padded the lead in the 3rd with a solo homerun that he hammered to left field. As soon as he hit it you knew it was gone and it got out of there in a hurry. Thats back to back games for Vladdy with a homerun. It turned out to be a very important run with the Twins scoring some late runs.
– Nick Markakis singled twice to break out of his slump a little bit. Brian Roberts also singled in the game. Mark Reynolds continues to slump. Hes going to go on a few power binges this season, hopefully he gets started on one soon.

Player of the game: Matt Wieters – 1-2, BB, 2 Run HR (3) (.250 AVG)

The O’s will try to avoid a series split tonight as Jeremy Guthrie (1-2, 3.32) tries to rebound from his last start against Scott Baker (0-2, 4.50) and the meager Minnesota lineup.


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