Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Rich Hill, Will You Marry Me?
I can't state it enough. It is great to have pitching again. If you would have told me a few weeks ago that the O's would win a 1-0 game, I would have laughed. But thanks to a dominant performance by Rich Hill, that is exactly what the Orioles did against the Mariners last night.
Hill pitched 7 scoreless innings, allowing only 2 hits and striking out 7. The O's lone run came on an Aubrey Huff sacrifice fly in the 6th inning, scoring Adam Jones. George Sherrill pitched a perfect 9th inning to earn his 11th save of the season.
Today the O's face their former teammate Erik Bedard in the second game of the three game series. Bedard was traded to the Mariners after the 2007 season for Sherrill, Jones, and three pitching prospects (Chris Tillman, Tony Butler, and Kam Mickolio). Considering Bedard spent most of last year injured, Sherrill made the 2008 All-Star team, Jones is poised to become and offensive leader for the O's, and Tillman is tearing up AAA, I'd say the O's got a pretty good deal in this trade.
Of course with all of that being said, Bedard is having a great 2009 season so far and he is going to be tough to beat. Hopefully the O's will find a way to drop the hammer. Tune in tonight at 10 to find out.
Before I end this post, just a quick note. This little gem was included at the bottom of the ESPN game recap:
"Australian Lauren Jackson, the perennial WNBA All-Star who recently chose to re-sign with the Seattle Storm instead of leave in free agency, was cheered while throwing out the ceremonial first pitch -- on a short hop to LHP Garrett Olson"
It must really blow to live in Seattle.