It has been a long week to say the least. First, I began the week with my Baltimore Sports Media Audition at the WNST studio in Towson. Following the audition I celebrated my 20th birthday with a dinner at the Olive Garden (I know; I’m a very exciting guy). Then the week took off putting in my full-time hours at Panera Bread and reporting for the local newspaper in York, Pa. What a week! It is now Monday again and if you had a busy week like mine your probably curious as to what has been going on in the world of Baltimore Sports. Just to catch you up with what is going on, I give you “A Baltimore Rewind…”
The Ravens began the week with the worst news of the pre-season so far, OT Jared Gaither was lost for the remainder of the pre-season and possibly the opener with a slight tear in his back. Baltimore wrapped up the Westminister portion of camp and prepared for a highly anticipated rivalry game against the Washington Redskins (although it is still pre-season). The Ravens put a thrashing to the Redskins 23-3 and move to 2-0 in the pre-season behind the play of back-up Marc Bulger. The good news from the game is that the defense played increasingly well and the first team offense put points on the board. The bad news is that they were playing the Redskins and it took a fake punt (only because it is pre-season) to set up Willis McGahee’s 1-yrd. touchdown run.
Baltimore still has it’s work cut out for them with the New York Giants next on the schedule. The current thought is that this will be the dress rehearsal game for the starters, with them getting majority of the snaps. It will be the telling tale to see if Flacco is on the same page with all of his new wide-outs or not. Also, with Eli Mannings presumed return to action it will finally give the Ravens defense a chance to play against a high-caliber passer, something they have yet to be tested with this off-season. Time will tell, but for the Ravens sake lets hope the injury bug finally leaves them alone.
Buck’s Birds’ have had a tough go around this past week. They started off Monday, August 16th, on the right foot but have faltered since then. The O’s lost a home stand 1-2 against the Seattle Mariners. The highlight of the series had to be Adam Jones ability to lay down the suicide squeeze late in the 11th inning to score the winning run for the team. The Bird’s followed that nights outing with a 4-0 loss, behind Kevin Millwood who pitched a solid game, only allowing 1 earned run in 7 innings. Matt Tuiasosopo, hit his third home run of the series to lead Seattle to a 6-5 winning decision to end the series.
The Orioles welcomed the AL west leading- Texas Rangers to Camden Yards on Thursday, only to cruise past the team for the fifth straight time this season 4-0. Brian Matusz pitched eight shut-out innings and allowed only five hits during his outing. Texas would have it’s revenge as Showalter’s old team, as Rangers-Ace C.J. Wilson struck out the Birds’ 12 times. The game was a little controversial for the Bird’s as both Nick Markakis and Buck Showalter were shown the gate during the loss.
Baltimore would showcase it’s offensive fire power the following night as the Orioles would win an 8-6 ball game. The game served more as a coming out party for third baseman Josh Bell. He blasted a two-run homer off of Cliff Lee in the third and then again in the fourth after Ty Wiggington and Luke Scott toted back-to-back jacks off of Lee. The O’s bullpen would closeout the game and preserve the victory. Millwood would allow his second loss of the week, on Sunday to fall to 2-14 on the season. It just might be time for this guy to hang ‘em up.
Now that you know everything that has happened in Baltimore professional sports this past week, it is time to head off into the office fully prepared for the lunch time conversations. Until next time, have a good day!