Orioles post game notes and observations

April 15, 2008 |

 From Orioles 4-3 win over the Blue Jays
  • Matt Albers picks up the win after going 5 innings giving up 5 hits and only allowing 1 run. Albers had over 40 pitches after the first two innings, but settled down and was able to provide the O’s with a solid performance in a spot start.
  • Dave Trembley continues to speak very highly of the job that Jim Johnson has done for the team so far.
  • The more that I see George Sherrill pitch, the more I am convinced that he will be the closer of the future for the Orioles. Interesting that after the game he was wearing a “Boomer Sooner” shirt. He is from Memphis, TN and went to Austin Peay University.
  • Jay Payton suffered a cut high up on his shin after his collision with Greg Zaun in the bottom of the 8th inning. Dave Trembley said Payton is OK and should not have to get stitches for the injury.
  • Adam Jones came through for the Orioles tonight with a three-hit performance. Adam had been in a slump coming into the game and hit some pitches he had been missing in the past.
  • Kevin Millar also broke out of the slump that he has been in lately with a 2-for-4, 3 RBI performance tonight including a homerun in the 5th inning that put the O’s up for good.
  • Millar has a Kenny Chesney Orioles jersey hanging in his locker. Millar is friends with Chesney and invited him to spring training to take batting practice. Just for those of you keeping score, it is a No. 7 on his jersey.
  • Several of the Orioles hitters were impressed with Dustin McGowan of the Blue Jay. Kevin Millar went as far as to call him a “little John Smoltz.”
  • While in the clubhouse tonight, every Orioles in the clubhouse was watching the Sox-A’s game while eating their food.
  • Tonight’s announced attendance was 11,510
  • Here is a interesting note from the Blue Jays game notes. Frank Thomas has now had 9,836 at bats without a sacrifice bunt, which is the major league record. With 9 more sacrifice flies, he will pass Eddie Murray (128) for the all-time lead.
  • Alex Cintron has yet to play in the minors, but is expected to play in Norfolk in the next day or so.
  • This time last year the Orioles were 6-6  and tied for third place
  • Final game of two game series vs. the Blue Jays tomorrow as Steve Trachsel (1-1 3.00) will face Shaun Marcum (1-0 2.57).