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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

 

14-14

The O's snapped their 3 game losing streak and got back to .500 today, topping the Toronto Blue Jays.

The O's first got on the board in the third inning with some clutch hits. After a Conine ground out, Nick Markakis hit a double to right-center, and Chiris Gomez was hit by a pitch puttting 2 on with one out. Brandon Fahey grounded into a fielders' choice, and Chris Gomez was retired at 2nd. So with one on and 2 outs, up to the plate came Melvin Mora. 3 pitches later, Melvin lined a shot down the left field line, scoring 2 and giving the O's a 2-zip lead. But, they weren't finished. After 2 balls, Miggy laced a single to right, scoring Melvin and giveing the O's a 3-0 lead through 3.

In the 6th inning the O's entended the lead.After a one-out Tejada single, Gibby crushed one to right field, just to the left of the flag court and over the wall for a homer. 5-0 O's, with 6 innings in the books.

In the top of the 7th it started to get interesting. Shea Hillenbrand doubled over Jay Gibbon's head, and 2 outs later he was on third. He gave up a single to the pinch hitter, Eric Hinske, and that ended Kris' night.
6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 hits, 2 BB's, 1 K. Great game for Kris. He was scoreless through 6.
In came Julio Manon(pronounced May-yon) and the reulsts weren't good in his Orioles debut. He faced 3 batters, and all of them reched base(2 walks, 1 hit). The hit was an Alex Rios triple, and that scored the second Blue Jay run of the night. He loaded the bases with the 2 walks, and in the process got pulled. Sendy Rleal came in, and after narrowly avoiding extra base hits by Troy Glaus(barely foul), He got Glaus to line out to Nick Markakis in left to end the scoring threat.

Sendy Rleal and Todd Williams combined to pitch a perfect 8th, and gave the O's a chance to expand in the lead in the bottom half. The O's took full advantage of that, picking up 4 runs, and breaking open the game. A Mora single was followed by a Tejada homer, making the score 7-2, and a Gibbons single was followed by a Ramon Hernandez homer, making the score 9-2. Both were hit off Vinny Chulk. They were also both hit into the O's bullpen, and coincidentally, both were caught by Rudy Arias(Correction:One was caught by Sam Snyder). Sign him up. Through 8, 9-2 O's.

Todd came back in to pitch the ninth, and ended the game with a nice double play, especially Jeff Conine's pick at first. The O's are in the win column.

Game notes
-In the 3-hit club tonight:Miguel Tejada and Melvin Mora. Both went 3-4, and I am assuming Miggy kept his league lead in batting average.

-In the 2-hit club:Jay Gibbons and Corey Patterson. Both went 2-4. Good to see Patterson starting to hit again when he is moved down in the lineup(like I said...)

-Ramon, Miggy, and Gibby all got homers tonight. Jay's shot in the 6th inning was his 6th. Miggy's in the 8th was his 8th, and Ramon's(also in the 8th) was his 4th.

-Just about everyone pitched well except Manon. Benson went 6 2/3 strong, and should get a quality start. Rleal and Williams combined to go 2 1/3 perfect innings.

Fun fact-Last Thursday when the O's played the Jays and the pitching math-up was Benson vs. Janssen, the final score was 8-2. Tonight with the same match-up the final score was 9-2. I guess it wasn't a fluke...

-My predicted score was 7-3, and I was pretty close(off by 3 runs).

O's key player-Kris Benson pitched 6 2/3 great innings, giving up 2 runs. I was very close in my prediction, saying he would go 7 giving up 3. Overall great game for Kris.

Jays key player-Scott Downs pitched one perfect inning, but didn't really play a factor in the result. He was, though, the only effective pitcher for the Jays tonight.

-Benson got the win, he is now a solid 4-2. Janssen got the loss, he is 0-2 with both of his losses to the O's. Todd Williams picked up his first save of the year. He pitched 1 2/3, andwhen he came in it was a 3-run game making him eligible for the save.

Glad we got this game tonight. Hopefully now we've got some much needed momentum going into Texas.

Tomorrow night, 8:05, O's vs. Rangers at the Ballpark in Arlington. Cabrera vs. Koronka.

Rangers vs. Cabrera.
O's vs. Koronka.
Max. of 8 AB's for Texas vs. Daniel, and 0 for the O's vs. Koronka. Koronka has solid stats this year, so it should be fun tonihgt, especially if we see the Daniel we know and love. Series preview coming tomorrow.

Go O's!

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