O’s Sweep M’s In Dramatic Fashion 2-1

W – Jim Johnson (2-1)     L – Brandon League (0-3)

– What a crazy game to end a crazy series. Both starters pitched fantastic, throwing nine shutout innings. Zach Britton was dazzling, only allowing three hits, not walking a batter, and never letting a runner reach second base. He struck out five batters. As good as hes been to start the year he hasn’t been able to get real deep in games, until last night. It was a weak Mariners lineup and he went right at them, daring them to hit his stuff. He retired the last 13 batters he faced. Very impressive.
– You have to give Jason Vargas credit too for shutting the Orioles out over nine innings, although with our historic struggles against left handed pitching I’m not sure if it was him or us. We had base runners in each of the first three innings but each time grounded into a double play. We ended up grounding into four of them. Brian Roberts, Matt Wieters, Robert Andino, and JJ Hardy each had two singles in the game. Adam Jones dropped down a bunt single and Mark Reynolds walked. We just couldn’t bring anybody home for the first 11 innings.
– Kevin Gregg walked the lead off batter and another guy after getting a strikeout but was able to get a crucial double play to end the 10th inning. Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless 11th but gave up a run in the top of the 12th which seemed like an impossible task to beat given how the game was going.
– Derrek Lee started the bottom of the 12th with a single, then Seattle’s closer hit back to back batters (Vladimir Guerrero and Jones) to load the bases with nobody out. Wieters hit a line drive but the Mariners shortstop made a great diving catch. As the next batter, Hardy, hit a ground ball up the middle I know I thought it was going to be another double play for a second, but it got through the infield and gave the Orioles another dramatic come from behind victory in extra innings. We snapped our nine game losing streak in series ending games and improved to 3-8 against left handed starters.

Player of the game: Zach Britton – 9 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K (2.42 ERA)

We fly into Tampa Bay looking for revenge after they swept us last week. Luckily we won’t be facing any left handed starters. Jeremy Hellickson (3-2, 3.72) starts it off for the Rays against Jeremy Guthrie (1-5, 4.09), coming off his worst performance of the season.

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