Thursday, September 17, 2009

Wieters' Walk-off Gives Baltimore a Victory Over Tampa...

It was a hell of a game last night, as the Orioles seemingly were setup to win a close one, but in the top of ninth, leading 2-1, closer Jim Johnson served up a one-out homer to Ben Zobrist to the game at two.

After both teams endured a lengthy rain delay before the ninth inning began, one figured that the game could have gone into extra innings; however, the Orioles in the bottom of the inning prevented that from happening.

Jay Howell – reliever for Tampa – came into the game and walked Luke Scott, and moments later, Mat Wieters came up to the plate and would hit a towering flyball which landed over the left-center field wall for a two-run game winning homer.

And at the end of the night, the Orioles would earn a 4-2 win over the Rays.

Baltimore got another great start from youngster Chris Tillman as he went 6 2/3 innings and gave up a run on five hits. The only run he gave up came in the sixth inning as Gregg Zaun hit a solo homer – his sixth. He didn’t strike out anyone, and while he allowed a lot of flyballs, it’s perhaps better to be lucky than good.

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