I’ve been to countless Orioles‘ games, especially this year. But, yesterday’s game might be the best one I’ve ever been to.
It certainly didn’t start that way. Rich Hill was on the mound for the Orioles’ against Roy Halladay and even though on paper this looked like a lopsided match up I felt good about Hill’s stuff. I was wrong.
Hill struggled with his command and gave up 6 earned runs in 3.1 innings pitched. Meanwhile, Roy Halladay was taking care of business during the other half of the innings. He left with an 8-3 lead after 7 innings and 102 pitches.
But this was all of part of the Orioles’ plan. Act like the Jays have it wrapped up, get Halladay out, and ATTACK. Okay, maybe not the plan per se, but that’s exactly what Baltimore did.
In the 8th the O’s scored 5 runs and tied it up. Everybody came through in the lineup, Robert Andino had a bases loaded RBI single. Andino went 4 for 5 with 2 runs scored. Adam Jones singled to left to put the O’s within one run and then Nick Markakis tied it up with his RBI double.
Pitching also came through for the O’s yesterday. Despite a bad start by Rich Hill, the bullpen kept it close. Brian Bass, Chris Ray, and Jamie Walker allowed only one run.
Danys Baez was the unsung hero though. He was stretch out to work 3 innings and gave up a 2 run homer to Aaron Hill in the 11th.
But the O’s weren’t done. Down 10-8 the Bird’s put up a fight to keep the Jays feeling Blue. Luke Scott had an RBI single, he hit a homerun off Halladay in his first at bat off of the DL. Then with 2 on the rookie Nolan Reimold stepped into the box. The Blue Jays fans next to me were laughing asking who this guy was and saying they’d never heard of Nolan Reimold before.
He’ll make them remember now. Reimold hit a walk off 3 run homer off a line drive shot out of the park. O’s win 12-10, they’ve won 5 of their last 6 and swept the Jays.