Sunday, August 28, 2011

Orioles Take First Game of Day/Night Doubleheader

The Orioles won their sixth game in a row as they put together a strong pitching performance and defeated the New York Yankees, 2-0. They took the first contest in a day-night doubleheader.

A morning that started out ugly weather-wise after Hurricane Irene swept through the Mid-Atlantic, turned out to be a gorgeous sunny, summer day in Charm City, with temperatures only in the low 70’s.

Rookie Zach Britton on the afternoon held his own against the New York Yankees, going seven strong innings against the ever-so-powerful Yankee lineup. He improved his record to 8-9.

Reliever Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless eighth, and Kevin Gregg logged his 19th save in the ninth inning. It's nice to see Britton have some success at the big-league level after struggling before June, going down to the minors and finding himself on the disabled list. Britton struggled again once he was promoted to the majors again in early August, but he's been on a roll in the past week.

New York Pitcher Bartolo Colon kept the Orioles off the scoreboard for much of the game. He threw over six-plus shutout frames until Vladmir Guerrero plated Nick Markakis with an RBI-single in the seventh inning.

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