Baltimore 7, Seattle 6
Box Score / Play-By-Play / AP Recap
Last night was a long and wild night. Kevin Gregg blew a save on a night when the Orioles offense was more productive than usual. The bullpen was forced to go deep into a game without a 13th man, which forced Jeremy Accardo into 43 pitches over two innings and seemingly giving up the winning run in the 13th. Felix Pie and Matt Wieters then came through with runners on base (did we ever doubt Wieters in that position) to plate two men and the Orioles break their losing streak. Although it was tough on our relief corp and Chris "I might be able to give you six innings" Tillman is starting today, it was good to notch one in the win column. It was also good to see JJ Hardy out-Andino Robert Andino with a 4-5 performance highlighted with a home run. It is nice to have him back. Hopefully, he will do more of the same against King Felix tonight.
Stat of the game
The Orioles were 8 for 21 with runners in scoring position. This is a change from the previous week.
Orioles Game ball
JJ Hardy (4-5, HR(1), BB)
MiLB game balls
Norfolk (Box) - Brandon Snyder, 1B (2-3, 2B (9), BB)
Bowie (Box) - Robert Widlansky, 1B (2-4, HR (3))
Frederick (Box) - Brian Ward, C (2-4, HR (3))
Delmarva (Box) - Mike Flacco (1-2, 2 BB).
Three Morning Links
Matt Wieters looks good in Matt Klaassen's catcher defense ratings for 2011 over at Beyond the Box Score.
Orioles legendary coach Earl Weaver is selling some of his memorabilia because he would hate to misappropriate items in his will.
Troubled pitcher Alfredo Simon will be making two more starts before going back to the Dominican Republic due to his legal problems.
The O's hope to make it two in a row with a tired pen and Chris Tillman (4.36 xFIP, 56 ERA+) on the mound against stalwart King Felix Hernandez (2.90 xFIP, 123 ERA+). Looks like one of the teams pens tonight will be getting some rest. 7:35 pm Eastern start.