Thursday, April 24, 2008

Quick Hits: O's Beat M's, 3-2; Cabrera Is Looking Good; Happy, Fun, Yankee Criticism and Bashing...

The Baltimore Orioles last night defeated the Seattle Mariners, 3-2, in a razor tight game which saw a consistent and focused Daniel Cabrera not walk anyone in eight innings on impressive work.

In the eighth inning, with the score tied 2-2, Nick Markakis hit a solo homer, his only hit, that made all the difference.

Baltimore snapped their two game losing skid, and have played well within the last week, winning four out of six.

Melvin Mora had two hits; one, a triple, and the other knocked the other Oriole run home.

Meanwhile, George Sherrill came to save the game and is now a perfect 7 for 7 in save opportunities this season.

Raul Ibanez finished 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Mariners, who saw their two-game win streak come to an end. Jose Vidro brought the other Seattle run home.

Mariners’ starter Carlos Silva was touched for two runs on six hits over six innings in a no-decision. Ryan Rowland-Smith took the loss, his first of the year, by giving up a run in one inning of work.

The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Examiner, & Orioles Hangout have a recap of the game last night.

The Orioles are waiting for Adam Loewen to prove himself; meanwhile, D-Cab was nothing but great last night and Roch is thinking that he’s finally got the message in his head; Nick “the Stick” may have been striking out quite a bit for the first part of the season, and also last night, but he did hit a homer to send Baltimore to victory; and at last, the bullpen is looking solid – real solid.

Jim Johnson has looked beyond good out of the bullpen & and Pressbox’s Craig Heist has on article on the right-hander; Amber Theoharis notes the obvious – our Orioles are nothing like the Yankees, but she notes that we as fans stood up to the New York uprising this weekend at the Yard; Allen McCallum reviews the start of the season and reminds fans that the Orioles are rebuilding for a better future.

Jim Henneman thinks the Yankees’ ship is sinking – I agree with this, as I figure New York will be over .500 anyway, I think they have to come to a realization that at some point the team needs to rebuild and forget about signing veterans who will inevitably break down.

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