Nick Markakis returned to Baltimore wearing number 22 with the Braves. Zach Britton gave up his first home run since May 23. Jim Johnson blew a save. And the Orioles won on a walkoff homer in the bottom of the 11th off the bat of Matt Wieters.
Nick Markakis is back in Baltimore and Orioles fans are feeling the feels. In his first at-bat, Markakis received a standing ovation from the Camden Yards crowd. Kevin Gausman stepped off the rubber to let his former teammate soak in the moment.
Johnson has been lights out in Atlanta, is a free agent this winter who is making just $1.6 million this season and obviously has experience in Baltimore. Dan Duquette could grab him for less than Clippard and he'd be in a set up role, I'd assume the seventh with Darren O'Day and Zach Britton behind him.
Mike Wright with 6 1/3 scoreless in Norfolk's win 2night. Over his last 18 outings (17 starts) with Tides, Wright is 11-2, 1.84 ERA.— Steve Melewski (@masnSteve) July 22, 2015
With 36 of their final 74 games on the road and 38 against teams with a record over .500, the Orioles second half schedule is the third most difficult in baseball.