Sunday, June 21, 2009
O's Conjure Up Some Magic In Philly.
It has been awhile since we've used the above clip, but tonight's game deserves it. The Orioles hit the shit out of the ball tonight (16 hits), unfortunately, for the first 8 innings of the game, they couldn't seem to hit in the clutch. In all, they left 14 men on base and they left the bases loaded at least twice.
Although the O's led 3-0 going into the 7th inning, it felt like they had wasted multiple opportunities to put the game away. So it came as no surprise when Ryan Howard blasted a pinch hit 3 run homer after the Phillies had already scored 2 runs in the inning.
The Phillies still led 5-3 going into the 9th inning with Luke Scott, Gregg Zaun, and Robert Andino due up for the O's (in other words, an almost certain loss). Scott led off the inning by popping out to 3rd.
After that, things got interesting. Zaun came up and blasted a solo home run to right field. Then, after Nolan Reimold, who was pinch hitting for Robert Andino, grounded out to 3rd, Oscar Salazar (who hit in the pitcher's spot in the lineup) kept the inning alive with a single to right.
This brought Brian Roberts up to the plate with a chance to take down the World Champs. Roberts delivered with a 2 run jack to right field. George Sherrill pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to slam the door on the Phillies.
There is nothing sweeter than sticking it to the Phillies and their annoying fans (well, beating the Yankees might be a little better, but not much).
The O's go for the sweep tomorrow against World Series MVP and all-around douchebag, Cole Hamels. We've got Guthrie going for us so the sweep seems unlikely. But with Orioles Magic, anything is possible.