The Orioles wrapped up a 7 game home stand yesterday with a 3-0 loss to the Detriot Tigers. Baltimore took 2 out of 4 from Detroit after a 3 game swept of the Toronto Blue Jays.
After their 5-2 home stand Baltimore jumped up 3 spots in WhatIfSports.com’s power rankings, where they now sit at 23rd over all.
The O’s are 6-4 in their last 10 games and were in the middle of their longest winning streak (5) during the home stand. I could write about great stats in the post all day long, but it was the intangibles that made this week one of the best in recent Orioles’ history.
The Birds’ two losses during the home stand came at the hand of some of the best pitchers in baseball, Justin Verlander and Edwin Jackson. Both of the games were losses in which the O’s pitching did not kill them. Jeremy Guthrie had a good 6 inning outing giving up 3 runs and Jason Berken looked spectacular in 7 innings of work giving up 1 run and only 4 hits.
41,704 fans showed up to see Matt Wieters make his Major League debut on Friday and Luke Scott stole the show with his second back-to-back homerun night. Not only were the O’s bats hot, but Brad Bergesen looked incredible in his second major league win. He pitched 6 shutout innings and gave up 2 in the 7th. He retired the side in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th and sat down 14 straight between the 1st and 7th. Bergesen came out in the 9th but put 2 on and was replaced by Jim Johnson who retired the next 3 in a row.
Don’t forget about David Hernandez’s debut on Thursday where he became the fourth Oriole to win his Major League Debut making the O’s the first club 1890 to have four pitchers win their Major League debut. And how about Nolan Reimold’s walkoff 3 run homerun on Wednesday in the 11th inning?
The times are changing in Baltimore and when we look back on where the Orioles made their changes let’s not forget about this homestand.