Game 63: Orioles 12, Pirates 5

I was always a big Erik Bedard fan – his stuff when he was on was fantastic, and the 15 strike-out game he had against Texas was probably the best pitched game I’ve ever seen live (batter were literally going back to the dugout shaking their heads). It would have been nice to see him do well tonight (though not quite well enough to win), and it wouldn’t have been terribly surprising to see him mow down the O’s while Tommy Hunter got knocked around a little by the Pirates.

The Good:

  • Tommy Hunter threw 4 perfect innings to start the game, striking out 3. How exciting would it have been if he could keep that up?!
  • The decision to bat Chris Davis third against a lefty seemed questionable, but he had a very nice plate appearance his first time up, working a walk, and added a single and a double later.
  • Matt Wieters went 4-5 with a pair of double, and took some nice swings – short stroke, and he hit the ball with some authority.
  • Mark Reynolds had a couple doubles himself (plus a single), as he took some opportunities to hit the ball to the opposite field. Then he turned on one, sending it into the left-field bleachers for his 5th home run of the season. His batting line is up to .245/.369/.439 now.
  • Steven Pearce walk, doubled and homered, driving in 5 runs against his former team (Wieters also had 5 RBI, making it the second time in club history that’s happened – Cal (6) and Will Clark (5) did it in ’99).

The Bad:

  • Tommy Hunter then proceeded to give up 5 runs on 7 hits (including a home run), before being pulled to start the 7th. At least his walk rate is down to 1.8 per nine for the season!
  • Robert Andino was the only O’s starter not to get on base, and in his between-inning Movie Review segment he said he didn’t like Star Wars. So I guess it serves him right, what with him being weak with the force and all.

The Final:

The Orioles put 27 runs on the board against the Pirates as they swept this series. The NL is… not as good as the AL. Was helpful to the O’s run differential though (+11 now). It was also good to see so many fans at the park (~30,000) for a Thursday night game against Pittsburgh.