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Tuesday, May 09, 2006




Tonight looked like it would be just another game in the long strech(6 games, to be exact) of bad play recently. Not so much, as clutch hits helped the O's pick up a much needed W.

In the third inning Miguel Tejada got of his cold streak(was 2-21) with a 2-run jack, giving Daniel an early lead to work with.

But like most of the night, the Tigers had an answer. With 2 on, Omar Infante hit a fly ball fairly hard to right field, and it dropped past a diving Jay Gibbons. 2 runs scored, and the game was tied at 2.

And then it started to look like every other night in this recent way too long cold streak. With the bases loaded, Carlos Guillen doubled to Luis Matos in left field, scoring 3 runs and giving the Tigers a confortable 5-2 lead.

Jeff Conine started to chip away at the lead in the bottom half of the 6th, and he took a big chunk out of it. A screaming line drive down the left field line somehow landed 5-10 seats into the left field stands, knocking the tigers lead down to 5-4.

And it looked like we were to be heart-broken again, as in the bottom of the 7th Magglio Ordonez homered over C-Pat's head in center, giving the tigers a much-needed insurance run, a 6-4 lead.

The next inning it became evident that the O's wouldn't be denied. Melvin Mora and Jay Gibbons homered, tying up the game and showing heart that was lacking in the last 2 weeks. These 2 plays energized the team, the crowd, and even all of us displaced O's fans.

In the top of the 8th, the rollar coaster continued. The tigers had men on second and third with 2 outs and Pudge Rodriguez up. After many LaTroy Hawkins pitches, Rodriguez struck out swinging on a sinker in the dirt, the turning point in the game.

The next inning was started with a walk and a sacrifice bunt. With the pinch runner Luis Terrero on second base, Luis Matos(of all people) gave the ball a ride, only to fall a few feet short of the wall(and into Craig Monroe's glove). Chris Gomez was the next batter, and he kept the inning alive, as the shortstop Carlos Guillen bobbled a grounder to his right, allowing both runners to reach safely. Guess who's up next? That's right, the guy with the most hits in the league to put his team ahead late(or something like that, I frankly have no clue what Buck Martinez said), Melvin Mora. For the billionth time this season, Melvin lined a single to left field, scoring the game-winning run, which was insured after Ray cruised through the 9th inning.

Melvin pretty much single-handedly won this game. When are we ever going to extend his contract? He recently said in an article that he wanted it over with, and frankly I'd be pissed too. Peter needs to get off his butt and let the contract go through, stalling will only make him more hated by Melvin, the team, and the rapidly decreasing fanbase. PAY MELVIN!

Tomorrow is Justin Verlander vs. Rodrigo Lopez, and it would be great to get a series win with the Royals coming in to town next.

Go O's!

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