Thursday, May 28, 2009
A Game to Remember!
This is going to be a week to remember for sure.
The Orioles have won 5 of their last 6 and just completed their first sweep and 3-game winning streak of the season.
And boy did it come in dramatic fashion.
Facing Toronto’s ace, Roy Halladay, yesterday, the Orioles ran out their “B-team” which consists of Felix Pie, Chad Moeller and Robert Andino. It was as if they were forfeiting the game.
And after being handed a small 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning, Rich Hill promptly gave it back with a miserable performance. He lasted only 3.1 innings, allowed 6 hits, 3 walks and 6 ER.
Trailing 8-3 in the bottom of the 8th, the O’s exploded for 5 runs against Toronto’s bullpen, tying the game on 4 consecutive base hits. Not to mention, Adam Jones was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
In the top of the 11th, Aaron Hill hit a 2-run bomb to put the Jays back up 10-8, and it looked like the O’s would lose despite their great comeback. And fans were thinking, “oh well, we won the series, David Hernandez is making his MLB debut tomorrow and Matt Wieters the day after that. Can’t complain.”
Nick Markakis singled to right to start the 11th. Then Aubrey Huff popped out. Melvin Mora singled to right. Then Luke Scott singled to right, scoring Markakis making it 10-9.
So there were two men on with Nolan Reimold coming up to the plate.
Rewind. Reimold had pinch hit for Pie in the bottom of the 8th and struck out twice since coming into the game. But Reimold won this battle, and the game, but parking a line-drive home run just over the left field fence to win the game 12-10.
As Reimold arrived at home plate, the entire team swarmed him. It looked like Aubrey Huff delivered some celebratory body shots to his mid-section. I hope Huff took something off those rib-blasters or else Reimold is going to need another day off.
In the end, the come-from-behind win just capped an already amazing week that saw Jason Berken earn his first MLB win in his MLB debut, as well as prospects David Hernandez and Matt Wieters making their debuts as well (tonight and tomorrow respectively).
Not to mention, it was the first 3 game sweep of the Blue Jays since 1995.
Mark this week on your calendars, folks. It could be one you want to look back to in a year or two and remember it as the time it all finally started to change.
Back-up SS Robert Andino collected 4 hits and made a stellar defensive play at short. He also had an RBI… Luke Scott’s HR off Halladay in the 2nd inning was his 3rd off Halladay in only 6 AB’s... Remember when Brian Bass’ ERA was about as high as the cost of a Blu-Ray DVD? It’s down to 4.22 and he’s only allowed 3 ER in his last 24.2 IP.