They certainly aren’t coasting, but the Orioles are now 5-2 after pounding out a 10-9 victory against the Texas Rangers on Monday night. The Orioles lineup chased Texas starter Vincent Padilla from the game in the fourth on their way to a 16 hit win.
Koji Uehara is now 2-0, but he looked shaky at times, giving up 7 runs in 5 innings. The bullpen, too, struggled to preserve the lead. But powered by a 4 for 5 night from Aubrey Huff (who didn’t jack it, but got some good wood on the ball) and three hits apiece from Brian Roberts and Felix Pie, the O’s had just enough to win the game.
Pie also contributed with his first Oriole home run, a blast to center-right field that Felix didn’t see leave the park. Pie scampered quickly around the bases, not slowing until he rounded third. That cat can run.
The O’s built up a 10-4 edge in the fifth inning, but saw their lead dwindle in the late innings. George Sherrill came on for the save in the ninth. As usual, Sherrill made it interesting. He gave up a leadoff double to Ian Kinsler and got a huge lift from Nick Markakis, who chased down a slicing fly ball to deep right field for the first out of the inning.
After a walk and a gutsy double steal, the Rangers had the tying run at third and the winning run at second with two outs. But Sherrill struck out Marlon Byrd, earning Koji and the O’s the win.
If you didn’t enjoy Monday night’s game, you need to check your pulse. Big hits, suspense, and a gut-wrenching ninth inning made Monday night’s game easily the the best nine innings of the young season.
Enjoy a BOLE while watching game two in Texas
And what better way to follow up a great start to the O’s first road trip of the year then with a Live Examination Tuesday night? Your second ever Baltimore Orioles Live Examination (BOLE) begins at 8:05 pm. Grab your Bohs and get ready for some O’s, and follow along with me tonight. Feel free to chime in with your own searing insight or cynical dose of snark.
We’ve got a treat for our BOLE tonight. Alfredo Simon takes the mound for The Birds against Texas righty Brandon McCarthy. McCarthy is carrying a 5.40 ERA from his first start after he helped the Rangers win a 12-8 slugfest against Cleveland last week. Simon carries a 7.20 ERA after dropping last Thursday’s matinées against the Yankees.
Look for another football-esque final score as the teams match up for game two in hitter friendly Ranges Ballpark in Arlington.
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