Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Thoughts and Reflections from Orioles Opening Day 2009

Baltimore Orioles Opening Day; O’s vs. Yankees, April 6th, 2008

The 2009 Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles was one to remember as the bats came alive, and the rumors of Jeremy Guthrie's demise were unfounded as they defeated the New York Yankees, 10-5. Newest Oriole Cesar Izturis capped off the day by depositing a pitch for a two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Orioles added two more runs to put the game away for good. Interestingly enough, Cesar's homer was close to being an interference -- as it looked that Johnny Damon (left fielder for the Yankees) perhaps may have had a fan make his job difficult -- but we'll take it.

Baltimore ace, Jeremy Guthrie -- was not great, but Lord did he look better than he ever did in March -- as he went six innings and gave up three runs. Aubrey Huff drove in three runs, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis drove in two runs each to help the Orioles. The bullpen nearly coughed up the game as Chris Ray gave up a two-run homer to Hideki Matsui, but they kept things in order.

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