April 13, 2009 is a day that will go down in Orioles history as the Orioles debuted their brand new “Baltimore” road jerseys.
The Orioles were able to take care of business on the field and hold on to beat the Rangers 10-9.
Brian Roberts opened the historic game in style with a hit, ultimately leading to a two run first inning and a great offensive day for Roberts.
Koji Uehara had his worst outing as an Oriole giving up seven earned runs in five innings, yielding two homeruns. Rangers’ ballpark is a graveyard for pitchers so nobody was surprised to see 19 combined runs between the two teams.
The Orioles showed that their offensive success in the first week of the season was no fluke as they pounded out 16 hits and scored 10 runs.
Brian Roberts was the ultimate table setter going 3 for 5 with a walk setting the pace for the Orioles offense. Aubrey Huff had four hits in five at bats driving in three runs to increase his average to .346.
Felix Pie hit his first homerun as an Oriole and finished the game 3 for 4. If Pie can continue to hit like this then he will be the everyday left fielder for this team.
The Orioles bullpen one again was bad giving up five runs in four innings turning a 10-4 lead into a 10-9 game going into the 9th inning.
Despite some 9th inning drama, George Sherrill was able to close out the win on this important day in Orioles history.
Adding Baltimore to the road jerseys was a step in the right direction and was something long overdue.
The Orioles showed they were proud to represent Baltimore and made their city proud. At least for one night anyway.