Photo Gallery: Seattle Mariners vs. Baltimore Orioles, April 6th; Balto., Md - Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Today was a wonderful day at the Yard, as Luis Hernandez (yes, him), had a walk-off RBI single in the bottom-of-the-ninth inning to send Baltimore to victory as they beat the Mariners, 3-2.
Basically, the Orioles had their backs to the wall, as they were shut-out by young phenom, Felix Hernandez for eight innings, until the M's bullpen took over and things went haywire.
With J.J. Putz out on the DL, the Mariners turned things to Eric O'Flaherty. Let's just say he was awful.
The O's rally in the ninth would start off with Nick Markakis doubling to left; thereafter, Kevin Millar grounded out to move Markakis to third; the next batter, Aubrey Huff grounded out as well to drive him in.
Luke Scott came up after Huff, with two outs, and singled to right getting the ball past Seattle's Jose Vidro. Seattle manager John McLaren pulled the book on O'Flaherty and Mark Lowe came into the game to try to close it out.
However, Lowe was just as bad as O'Flaherty. Well, Jay Payton poked a single to right, and there were runners on first and third; thereafter, Lowe walked Ramon Hernandez and threw a wild pitch on ball four to score Adam Jones, who was pinch running for Luke Scott.
Then, Luis Hernandez did his thing and sent the crowd left at the Yard into a frenzy, despite the chilly conditions.
Baltimore starter, Jeremy Guthire had a solid outing; however, the offense could not muster up anything for him before the comeback in the ninth inning.
Seattle's runs were scored thanks to an Richie Sexson RBI in the third and Raul Ibanez home run in the sixth. Too bad the Mariners spoiled Hernandez's great outing; alas, this win gives the Orioles an air confidence as they go for the sweep on Monday.
Yes, we're in first place in the AL East and 4-1; very, very nice. Let's see if we can keep it up!