Isn’t nice to have a team in the Majors to just beat up on? I certainly like it.
The Orioles have put 17 runs on 26 hits up against the Washington Nationals after scoring just 11 total runs in their three game series against the Florida Marlins.
Baltimore welcome the newest Orioles Matt Hobgood the fifth overall pick of the 2009 draft. Hobgood was signed before the game and was introduced to the 39,633 in attendance for Nick Markakis batting practice jersey night and Field of Dreams after the game.
O’s ace Jeremy Guthrie took the hill against Washington’s Shairon Martis. Guthrie got his sixth win of the year despite giving up two on bases loaded walks in the 1st inning.
Gregg Zaun put the Orioles on the board in the 2nd inning with his third homerun of the year. It was a shot that hooked around the right field flag pole. Zaun went 3 for 4 for the night and despite his play being cut he’s now hit safely in four straight games.
But the game really changed with Nolan Reimold‘s 3 run shot in the 5th inning. It was a crazy shot that landed in the 2nd row in left field. Off the bat Josh Willingham had no idea where the ball was headed. He thought he found it, then he lost, then it was out of the park. No need to track that ball.
Reimold’s homer put the O’s up 4-3 set up Jeremy Guthrie for the win despite five shaky innings.
Matt Albers got out of a no out bases loaded jam in 6th. Albers got Ronnie Belliard to ground into a force play at home and then Austin Kearns dribbled into a 6-4-3 double play.
Jim Johnson pitched two shut out innings.
Then George Sherrill pitched a perfect 9th inning to record his 16th save on the O’s 6-3 defeat of the Natinals.
Baltimore has won both of the Battle of the Beltways series and go for the sweep tomorrow.