Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Reimold and Hardy Help O's and Chen Win...

So, the Orioles are only eleven gamesonly eleven games into the 2012 season. I felt that they would struggle throughout the season considering the state of their pitching; however, so far that has been wrong.

The Baltimore Orioles wonBaltimore Orioles won again in Chicago as they defeated the Chicago White Soxdefeated the Chicago White Sox, in a razor thin 3-2 victory. Wei-Yin Chen earned his first major victory,Wei-Yin Chen earned his first major victory, and the bullpen – Darren O’ Day, Troy Patton, Troy Patton, and Jim Johnson – came through in the end.

Baltimore loaded the bases in the ninth inning, and Johnson was taking a tight-rope; however, he got the final hitter of the game, Brent Morel, to groundout and secured the win.

Chen – who went 5 2/3 innings – was rolling through the game until the sixth inning. With Baltimore leading 2-0, he ran into trouble and labored through the frame, giving up a two-run double to A.J. Pierzynski before O’Day came in and stopped the Chicago threat.

The Orioles too did their scoring in the sixth inning, plating in three runs.The Orioles too did their scoring in the sixth inning, plating in three runs. Two homers – a two-run shot from Nolan Reimold, and a solo shot from J.J. Hardy, back-to-backback-to-back – made all the difference for Baltimore.

Hardy’s homer was his third on the season; meanwhile, Reimold hit his fourth on the season. Boy, has Reimold been super hotbeen super hot. Good for him. I’m glad he’s finally getting a chance to play every day and succeeding so far.

Yesterday, Peter Schmuck in a column on the Baltimore SunPeter Schmuck in a column on the Baltimore Sun is cynical of the team’s performance so far. Considering the history of the franchise over the last 14 years, a fall will happen sooner or later.

It’s in the back of my mind, and perhaps many fans.

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