Written by Chris Slade
Today's game got started at 4:05 ET with John Lackey and Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound. The Cardinals scored first on an RBI double by Johnny Peralta. Jon Jay then homred in the 2nd to put the Cards up 2-0. The O's responded wih five unanswered runs, highlighted by two-run bombs by Caleb Joseph and Nelson Cruz. Jay sac flied in a run in the 5th and J.J. Hardy driove in a run on a single to put the score of the game at 6-3. The O's ran away with the game when Delmon Young put out a two-run bomb in the 5th. They scored two more runs to win this game and secure a series win by a 10-3 score.
Ubaldo Jimenez made his return to the the mound for the Birds today. He struggled as usual with commanding the strikezone, walking two in the 1st inning, one of which scored on Johnny Peralta's RBI double. He then allowed a solo blast to Jon Jay in the 2nd to put the O's down 2-0 as well as put wry faces on the fans in the stands. He turned it around in the 3rd with a 1-2-3 inning and followd up with a scoreless 4th inning of work. After allowing another run to score in the 5th, Jimenez beared down and finsihed off his outing with his best inning of work in the 6th. He retired the side in order, including a pair of K's to Oscar Taveras and his nemesis, Jon Jay. It was ncie to see Ubaldo recieve ample run support at home for once and he turned in a baseline quality start despite his early inning struggles to pick up a win.
Final Line: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, Win
Brian Matusz started out the 7th inning and picked up a strikeout but allowed to hits before Tommy Hunter came on to pitch.
Hunter was on his game and retired all five batters he faced in the 7th and 8th.
Brad Brach loaded the bases in the 9th but worked out of the jam without any runs scoring.
The hitters ate their Weaties before they started tis series, didn't they? Another scoring barrage took place at the OPACY today with 10 runs scoring after the Birds scored 12 last night. Every single batter in the lineup reached base at least twice today as their was production up and down the order. The bats were simplynot fooled at all by John Lackey, who the Orioles have previously lit up this year in Boston.
Nelson Cruz had been in a pretty notable drought heading into today but finally snapped out of it, lauching his 30th home run of the year in the 3rd inning.
Caleb Joseph hit his 8th bomb of the year, his fifth straight game with a home run.
Delmon Young hit his 5th home run of the year as he continues his recent tear.
Defensive Highlights/ Lowlights
On the RBI double in the 1st inning from Johnny Peralta, the O's gunned down Matt Holliday at the plate who also tried to score on the play. Delmon Young threw to J.J. Hardy who gunned down Holliday at home like a boss.
Other Notes/ Musings
Fans are feelng the Caleb Joseph fever at the Yard lately. The O's rookie became the first catcher in team history to homer in five straight games.
Always love to see the Orioles rock John Lackey, especially after his classless comments about Nelson Cruz in the post-game interview of his last shellacking by the Orioles.
The bats have now combined to hit nine home runs in the first two games of this series. What will they do for an encore tomorrow?
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