Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Showalter's Tenure in Baltimore Begins With a Win... (with photos)

Yesterday was the 106th game for the Orioles on the season; however, the feeling was a different at Camden Yards last night.

New Oriole manager Buck Showalter got his troops to defeat the Angels, 6-3, last night at Camden Yards. There was a little less than 17,000 people at the park, but they greeted Showalter warmly and hope he can help be part of the turnaround with the organization.

The Orioles are now 33-73 on the season.

Jeremy Guthrie got the win as he went seven innings, gave up three runs and finally got some ample run support on the evening. Reliever Mike Gonzalez continued on his road back by pitching 1 2/3 no shutout ball, and Alfredo Simon things up.

The Angels got on the board with a Howie Kendrick two-homer in the 5th inning; however, the Orioles got on the board with a Matt Wieters RBI-double in the bottom of the 5th. They took a 3-2 lead as Luke Scott hit a two-run homer in the 6th (his 19th on the season).

A few batters later, they added an insurance run as Josh Bell added a two-run double and secured their advantage.

Baltimore added another run in the eighth off a Wieters RBI-single that floated to left.

Overall, it was a good night for the Orioles. One game does not make a season and you can’t judge much from Showalter’s first game, but the team played a lot differently and made far less mistakes than usual. Plus, for once I felt a little less afraid about Baltimore blowing a lead.

As for Showalter, I feel good that the team has someone of his caliber and experience at the helm.

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