The line from the Orioles Magic song goes “something magic happens, every time you go”, and the Orioles provided some of that “magic ” on Thursday night with a 5-4 victory over the Mets.
After being up 2-0 and blowing the lead, Thursday’s rubber match with the Mets looked to be another instance where the Orioles wasted a good performance by their starting pitcher and lost the game. However, Aubrey Huff and company had other ideas.
Down 4-2 in the 9th, the Mets brought in ” all world” closer Fransisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez and the door looked to be shut on an Orioles comeback. Matt Wieters- who hit his first career home run the night before- came up to lead off the 9th inning and doubled off Rodriguez to start the inning off for the Orioles.
As often is the case. the inning was extended due to walks as Nolan Reimold then drew a free to put runners on first and second as the lineup turned over with Brian Roberts coming up.
Roberts- who had only one hit in the series- laid down a bunt in an attempt to move the runners to second and third for Adam Jones. Roberts did not get the bunt far enough from the plate and the Mets catcher fired a strike down to third which looked to beat Felix Pie to the bag, but Pie was called safe loading the bases with no outs out.
After the Orioles received the benefit of what I believe was a generous call, I then knew that something “magic” was going to happen and the Orioles would end up winning the game.
With the bases loaded and no out, Adam Jones- who I declared to be my “man crush” in front a of a live audience at Padonia Station- worked a walk despite falling behind in the count.
Nick Markakis then struck out, bringing up Aubrey Huff with a chance to duplicate his performance from the previous night and hit the Orioles to victory.
After Nolan Reimold crossed the plate for the game winning run the Orioles ran to first base to mob Aubrey Huff, who delivered the Orioles their first win on the season when trailing after eight innings.
The Orioles faithful left happy after a come from behind victory against the best closer in the game and for at least one night the “magic” of Orioles baseball was back.
After the “magic” has been missing for 11 years, one “magical” night goes a long way in making Orioles fans happy.
The magic of Orioles baseball……