The Orioles improved to 7-3 in Interleague play by defeating the defending World Champion Phillies in 7-2 at Citizens Bank Ballpark on Friday night.
Friday’s win was a total team win as Rich Hill was sharp, the bats were stellar and the bullpen was stellar. Philadelphia is nicknamed by as “the city of brotherly love”(an obvious lie for anyone who has ever been there), but Friday night the Orioles showed the Phillies anything but love.
Rich Hill pitched 6 &2/3 innings allowing two runs- both in the first inning- and five hits, while striking out five to get his third win on the season. Hill also helped his cause at the plate, putting the Orioles ahead for good with an RBI single and the offense pilled on from there.
After struggling at the plate in his first week in the big leagues, Matt Wieters is starting to show what all the hype is about has he improved his average to .259 on the season. Wieters drove in two runs with a second inning double giving him multiple RBI’s in back to back games.
Nolan Reimold doubled and hit his eight home run-tops among all rookies- while Nick Markakis recorded two hits and drove in two runs with a double in the 9th inning.
Aubrey Huff continued his torrid hitting with an monstrous opposite field double that plated Markakis in the 6th inning. Huff- whose name is floating around in just about every trade talk- added to his team high RBI total and has possible suitors taking note.
After year’s of struggling against the “senior circuit” the Orioles have been very successful against the National League this season playing spoiler against the Mets and the Phillies so far.
In a city known for its “love” the Orioles showed no love to Antonio Bastardo and the host Phillies. Hopefully, the Phillies pitchers continue to show the Orioles bats some love and the Orioles can leave “Filthadelphia” with a series win.