Saturday, May 10, 2008

O's Win Last Night, 7-3, Against Kansas City; Wieters

Perhaps we should not consider it curtains for Steve Trachsel, at least for now. The elder righty, who has been a topic of speculation -- mainly if he's still be employed in the future -- went a little more than five innings and gave up two runs.

The Baltimore Orioles beat the Kansas City Royals, 7-4 last night.

Well, the big difference in the game was Aubrey Huff's three run homer in the fifth inning off Gil Meche, who'd lose the game.

The Royals got on the board first as Alex Gordon hit an early two-run homer, but after Melvin Mora's two run homer in the third -- it was all Orioles.

Meanwhile, George Sherill earned his 12th save of the year.

Freddie Bynum had two hits, as well Nick Marakis and Kevin Millar.

However, for many Oriole fans, the big story came from down in the lower levels, as Matt Wieters is showing why he's the future of Baltimore Orioles.

According to Roch Kubatko:

"Matt Wieters homered twice tonight, drove in three runs and scored three more for Single-A Frederick, He has an eight-game hitting streak.

I still don't see him rising above Double-A Bowie this year, but the temptation to reward him with a September call-up will be awfully strong.

Wieters and Brandon Tripp are tied for the Carolina League lead with seven home runs. Jake Renshaw picked up his fifth win, tops in the league."
I say he makes it up in September -- just for a taste of the big time and to see if he can handle the rigors of the majors.

Granted, there's no need to hinder his development by rushing him; however, the Orioles are still evaluating their players and I see no harm in having the youngster up at the end of the season.

I'm in New York for the weekend, but I'll logon from time to time if I get a chance.

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