Monday, June 25, 2012

Orioles Fly High With Successful Weekend Over the Nationals at the Yard...

It was a highly successful weekend for the Orioles as they took two of three games from the Washington Nationals. They may not have had much offense over the past three games; however, when hitters have needed to come through in the ‘clutch’ – they have delivered.

On Sunday, the Orioles powered themselves to victory as Matt Wieters’ homer in the eighth inning pushed over Washington, 2-1.

The Orioles are 41-31 and trail the Yankees by 2.5 games in the American League East.

Ross Detwiler for Washington – who started on the mound – owned the Nationals for much of the game; however, reliever Sean Burnett got tagged by Wieters and took the loss. Burnett took the loss; meanwhile, Pedro Strip got the win in relief for the Orioles, and Jim Johnson got the save – his 22nd of the year.

The Nationals may not have done much scoring over the weekend, but their starting pitching is first-rate and it is little shock how they have managed to build a comfortable lead in their division.

Barring injury, the Nationals will be extremely dangerous down the stretch. They just need their hitters to start producing.

As for the Orioles, the pitching has been shaky outside of Jason Hammel and Wei-Yin Chen; however, Jake Arrieta – who has had times of trouble during the season so far – stepped up enormous for the Orioles. He allowed just one run in six innings.

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