Game 91: Orioles 6, Indians 5

The Good:

  • Alfredo Simon did a nice job, showing why I was a fan of him as a reliever. Tonight notwithstanding, he isn’t really a starter – but he can be solid out of the pen. Final line; 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K. That’s the best start for an O’s pitcher in quite a while, so I think the Shutdown Sauce moniker is apt.
  • Koji was his usual awesome self in relief – perfect inning with 2 K’s.
  • Nick Markakis doubled twice and homered; almost getting his slugging percentage above .400 for the season.
  • Matt Wieters walked twice, while Mark Reynolds doubled and walked.
  • In all, the 8 of the O’s 9 hits went for extra bases and they drew 4 free passes. More of that please.

The Bad:

  • Even being given a four run lead to work with, Kevin Gregg managed to make things way too “interesting”, walking the bases loaded and then having them cleared on a double. Good thing Mike Gonzalez saved the day (almost can’t believe I wrote that).

The Final:

The losing streak is finally over. And the pitcher who ended it now has to go back to the Dominican Republic in relation to his maybe having killed someone.