Monday, June 1, 2009

O's Earn Series Split With Tigers; Luke's Homer Streak Goes Kaput (With Photos)

The Orioles earned a series sweep with the Tigers this weekend as they lost, 3-0, on a partly sunny afternoon at Camden Yards. What started off as a wildly succesful homestand with the Blue Jays and alonf with the Tigers, ended up in two straight loss against very tough pitching. Oriole Magic did not return on Sunday as Baltimore only collected two hits off of Detroit pitcher Edwin Jackson -- who was absolutely dominant in his outing. He went eight innings, and didn't allow a batter to reach second base until Ty Wigginton's double in the eighth inning.

Jackson, still relatively young, was acquired from Tampa in a trade, and in 2009, has been one of the better pitchers in baseball. Fernando Rodney pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his ninth save of the season.

Despite the loss, Baltimore can take solace that it looks like Jason Berken does indeed belong in the majors. Berken pitched seven innings and allowed only a run; however, he was charged with the loss. His only mistake came in the fourth inning as Curtis Granderson took him deep with a solo home run. After Berken departed, the Oriole bullpen allowed the Tigers to scored some insurance runs as they gave up a run in both the eighth and ninth inning.

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