The O’s looked to have a winning month by taking 3 out of 4 from the Detroit Tigers and going 15-14 in May. The Birds had won 9 if their last 13 and were 16-12 on the year at Camden Yards going into today’s game.
I was pleasantly surprised to see Matt Wieters in the Oriole lineup today. He still hit in the 7th hole, but played as the designated hitter. Gregg Zaun was behind the plate. Wieters had big shoes to fill as the DH. Going into the game the O’s designated hitters led the AL in average at .313, homers with 14, and were tied with Toronto for RBIs with 37.
Jason Berken was on the hill for the Orioles after his win in his major league debut on May 26. Besides giving up a solo homer to Curtis Granderson in the 4th, the rookie pitcher looked solid in 7 innings work surrendering only 4 hits. Normally that would be more than enough to win with the O’s lineup, but Edwin Jackson crushed the Birds, 8 innings 2 hits. Baltimore finished the day with 2 hits.
Baez replaced Berken in the 8th and gave up an RBI single to Jeff Larrish that put the Tigers up 2-0. Then Mark Hendrickson allowed another run on a pinch hit RBI double by Clete Thomas.
The Orioles are now 1-7 on Sundays, they undoubtedly recognize the biblical law of not working on the sabbath day.