The get-well tonic for the O’s was a trip to Washington DC.
Embarrassed mid-week with three straight losses to the Yankees, the Birds won their second straight on Saturday night, 2-1, in Washington, despite only getting three base hits on the evening.
Aubrey Huff’s 7th inning triple was the game-deciding blow, as Baltimore improved to 18-25.
Once again, as has become a near nightly-event, the O’s ran themselves out of a handful of scoring opportunities, as Gregg Zaun was thrown out at 3rd base and Nolan Reimold was doubled off of first base on a pop fly to 2nd base. At least Melvin Mora wasn’t involved in any of the baserunning miscues.
Baltimore’s bullpen was outstanding, as Koji Uehara waved the white flag after 3 innings and left the game in the hands of Brian Bass, Jim Johnson and George Sherrill…each of whom did their job and then some. Sherrill has been very good since Dave Trembley gave him “the talk” a few weeks back and hinted that Sherrill wouldn’t be the everyday closer after throwing away a game in Toronto (which, ironically, Trembley helped him throw away…).
Ty Wigginton had an excellent night defensively at first base, giving Aubrey Huff a night off until he drilled a pinch-hit triple that sent Cesar Izturis home with the game-winning run.
Felix Pie didn’t strike out tonight, which was good. Oh, that’s right, he didn’t get in the game.
The O’s will finish the series in DC tomorrow, with Brad Bergesen making the start for Baltimore.
Two for two in Washington. Any chance the Nats can move into the American League East?