Written by Chris Slade
The Orioles jumped out to an early lead on offense with a three-run double by Adam Jones and, despite a shaky outing from Chris Tillman, never looked back as they rode the offense to victory tonight. Three home runs were hit by the Orioles offense on the night, highlighted by a grand slam from Nate McLouth in the top of the 6th to take an 11-6 lead, a knockout blow to Mariners who had cut the lead to one the prior inning. The bullpen would allow two more runs, creating another save opportunity for Jim Johnson, who slammed the door on the 11-8 win for his MLB leading 38th save.
- Tillman made his second consecutive Friday night home start, this time against the Mariners, his former organization up until they included him in the Erik Bedard trade. He struck out two of the first three batters he faced in the first, also working a clean second. Thing unraveled in the third, as Tillman lost his command, allowing three walks in the inning alone, a two run opposite field homer to Michael Saunders, and an RBI single to Kendrys Morales as the Mariners cut the lead to 4-3. Solo job to center in the 5th from Humberto Quintero cut the Orioles lead to 6-4. Jim Hunter made an interesting point that perhaps the 7 days rest affected Tillman’s performance. Mariners add a 5th run in the 6th on a Morse RBI double. A sac fly allowed by Patton would charge a sixth and final earned run to Tillman’s line. Not Tillman’s best work but he got the win anyway.
Final line: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, Win
- Troy Patton aka The General relieved a struggling Tillman in the 5th, allowed a sac fly to Ibanez and retired Smoak on a groundout. He then worked a clean 7th finishing with 1.2 innings pitched with a hit allowed anda strikeout.
- Newly acquired K-Rod (Francisco Rodriguez) worked the 8th. The good: All three of his out were recorded via the strikeout, hence the nickname. The bad: In between the strikeouts were two solo home runs allowed to Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse.
- The Orioles were only up by three now, thus the save situation allowed for another Jim Johnson appearance. Johnson got the job done, only allowing a single to (ugh) Endy Chavez, notching the save for the second consecutive night.
- Adam Jones went 2-for-4 on the night and kicked off the onslaught with a bases clearing double in the first after McLouth, Machado, and Markakis all reached base.
- For the second consecutive night, Chris Davis launched a home run, this time an absolute no doubter that landed on Eutaw Street to extend the Oriole lead to 5-3.
- Ryan Flaherty made the lead 7-3 when he hit a blast onto the flag court which the umps had to review before confirming the home run. This was due to the ball hitting the black fence at the front on the court; Great night for Flaherty who went 3-4, making a good case that he should see more playing time as Tony suggested in his Brian Roberts analysis earlier today.
- Nate McLouth had a great night, going 2-for-5 with 4 RBI via his grand slam in the 6th, a moonshot to right center that scored himself plus Hardy, Urrutia, and Flaherty (who all reached by single).
- Brad Miller and Raul Ibanez both made errors for the Mariners while the top fielding Orioles worked an error free game
- The Orioles turned three double plays in the game
- Highlight of the night definitely goes to Nick Markakis who ended the top of the 7th with his sixth outfield assist of the year, gunning down Kyle Seager at second base.
- Adam Jones' three-run double gave the Orioles a nice early cushion which they would need every bit of with the struggling Tillman.
- Nate McLouth’s grand slam which put the game out of reach for the pesky Mariners.
- That's home run number 40 folks for Davis. Assistant GM Brady Anderson should be getting nervous right about now about that single season Orioles home run record of his.
- The absurd amount of run support for Chris Tillman (anti-Jeremy Guthrie) continues as he picked up his 14th win despite the sub-par outing. He’s now tied for second behind Max Scherzer for most wins in the MLB
- Francisco Rodriguez has already allowed 3 home runs at Camden Yards in his first two outings. Let’s hope that stops when they start using him to protect closer leads.
- That was McLouth’s first career grand salami. I’ll give him player of the night for that. That is all
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