The Orioles won again today at the Yard by a score of 7-3 over the Blue Jays. Right now, the team is scorching hot and the team has been doing the little things to win, whether it is making the most of scoring opportunities, or the bullpen keeping the game in check.
O’s swept the three game series from the Blue Jays, and next in town are the Oakland Athletics, followed the Boston Red Sox.
Steve Trachsel pitched 5 1/3 innings where he gave up one run and struck out three. Even though he allowed quite a few runners on the bases, he was able to get out jams.
The bullpen held the game in check as Chad Bradford stopped a potential rally in the 6th inning, and Scott Williamson along with Jamie Walker held things in check.
Things became interesting in the 9th inning as Brian Buress came in the game, and allowed 2 runs in, but struck out Adam Lind to end the game.
The offense struck hard this afternoon, as Nick ‘the Stick’ Markakis drove in 3 runs, got 2 hits, and missed a near homer (he hit a ball a long way and it seared over Blue Jays centerfielder Vernon Wells head, but hit the top of the wall).
Miguel Tejada also came through big as he drove in 3 runs, and Corey Patterson also contributed with an RBI.
Second baseman Brian Roberts missed a second straight game with flu-like symptoms, and Corey Patterson batted lead-off.
Although Adam Loewen leads the American League in walks (yikes!) and has had issues with his command, he’s done well so far, and Spencer Fordin of the orioles.com has a piece on him.
The Baltimore Orioles honored Jackie Robinson on Saturday, and Corey Patterson wore the number ‘42’ in honor of him.
Well, it has been a great few weeks for the Baltimore Orioles, and they are riding high. However, the rest of month will be tough and perhaps may test the will of the team, as they face the Athletics, Red Sox, Tigers and Indians. Rick Maese of the Baltimore Sun believes that the Orioles are showing promise, but the next weeks will be the key on how the team will fare in May.
I very much agree with him. Looking the schedule, I knew April would be a real tough month for the Orioles, but so far everything has clicked together.