While you were sleeping last night (and I should have been), the Baltimore Orioles swept a doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-1 and 6-5. The O’s started game two 46 minutes late after (get this) a rain delay.
Then they played a three hour and 56 minute marathon that started with number one starter Chris Tillman hurling 5,391 pitches in the first inning — actually it was only 49, but it seemed like 5,391. Tillman lasted just 4.2 innings and now has three straight starts of 5.2 innings or less.
Down 4-0, the Orioles managed to rally back and tie the game in the sixth and then again in the seventh, when Nick Markakis hit his second home run of the season (also his second of the day).
Then in the tenth, well, something magic happened.
Matt Wieters belted his fifth dong of the season, a shot that hooked around the right field foul pole. The 20 or so fans remaining at Camden Yards went crazy and I finally got to go so sleep. It was worth waiting up for and, hey, the O’s are 2-0 in May.