O’s Win A Wild One 7-6

W – Jeremy Accardo (2-0)     L – Brandon League (0-2)

– Jake Arrieta started the game and did a pretty good job considering he couldn’t locate his fastball. He gave up a two run homer in the 2nd inning but was able to keep the Mariners off the board other than that. He walked three batters and struck out six. Pretty consistent with most of his outings.
– Mike Gonzalez got the first two out of the 7th but back to back singles and then a double gave Seattle the lead back after the O’s came back in the bottom of the 6th. Koji Uehara gave us 1.1 scoreless innings, but he did allow an inherited runner to score. Kevin Gregg blew the save in the 9th after the offense had again battle back to take the lead but both hits he gave up to allow the game to be tied were bloopers that were lucky to fall in.
– Jim Johnson was perfect over two innings, striking out a batter. Jeremy Accardo got through the 12th inning with some defensive help when Nick Markakis threw out Miguel Olivo at the plate with help from Brian Roberts and Matt Wieters. Accardo did give up a run in the top of the 13th but was lucky enough to get the win when we won the game in the bottom of the frame.
– JJ Hardy got the Orioles on the board in the bottom of the 3rd, hitting a solo homerun in his first at bat since being activated from the disabled list. He also walked and hit three singles in the game. Adam Jones hit a two run double in the 6th to put Arrieta in line for the win temporarily and also had an RBI single later in the game. He also had another double and walked. Luke Scott had a pair of singles, including an RBI in the 8th.
– Felix Pie entered the game as a pinch runner late in the game and still had a big impact. He doubled, made a nice play in left field, and tied the game back up with an RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning. He also got into a confrontation with Justin Smoak after bumping into him running down the first base line. The benches and bullpens for both teams cleared before order was restored. Pie would go on to score the game winning run on Matt Wieters’ RBI single later in the 13th. It was Wieters’ second single of the game.
– The Orioles had 20 hits in the game and six walks. Markakis had three singles and a walk, Derrek Lee walked three times, Vladimir Guerrero singled three times, and Jake Fox singled after coming into the game at the end of regulation.
– One other play of note was third base coach John Russell sending Hardy home on a single to left field in the bottom of the 9th, getting him thrown out by at least 10 feet and killing our momentum. We would’ve had runners on first and third with one out but instead we had two outs and a runner on second. Hardy slowed down a bit getting to third but he had to figure there was no way he would be sent. Hardy should’ve been running all the way but Russell still was wrong in sending him home, especially since JJ just came off the disabled list. In the end its a moot point since we ending up winning the game.

Player of the game: JJ Hardy – 4-5, BB, solo HR (1) (.350 AVG)

Its a good thing the Orioles won last night because they face Seattle’s ace Felix Hernandez (4-2, 3.02) tonight with the struggling Chris Tillman (1-3, 7.16) scheduled to pitch.

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