If you stayed up late last night and caught the Orioles rallying in Seattle for an 8-7 win good for you, you were the winner. If you went to bed when they were down 5-1, too bad for you. It was one of the best regular season Oriole wins in recent memory. Once again, it was a good day to be an Oriole fan. Here is what went right.....
....Randor Bierd, the Rule V draftee, kept the team in the game while they tried to desperately rally from the deficit they had fallen into early. Good solid work by him.
....Despite the fact that the Orioles left runners on base early, they kept battling finally taking the lead in the top of the seventh, when Adam Jones bases-loaded blast to left somehow stayed in the yard but went for a two-run double.
.....Chicago Cub prospect Brian Roberts (just sign him to an extension already) homered to lead off the the eighth after the Mariners had tied the game at 7. Not sure if this team is really any good, but they do have resilency and I like that.
.....George Sherrill picked up his eighth save. The guy comes into the game and throws strikes. Generally they don't hit the strikes either or at least they don't hit them very hard. So a good job by him.
.....The Orioles took 2 of 3 in Seattle and its onto Chicago for a four-game weekend set. The O's continue to fare well in series and to me that is always the sign of a good team. Brian Burres gets the ball tonight and he'll oppose Mark Beuhrle. I never have a lot of confidence in Burres, but he has been getting the job done to start the season. Let's hope it continues.
.....Radhames Liz struck out 10 in seven innings of work at Norfolk. Eider Torres was recalled after the game as the O's were forced to put Adam Loewen on the DL. Not sure Liz will ever be a quality Major League starter, but I do think he could get guys out at the major league level. So he might be a quality bullpen guy.
.....Nolan Reimold went 4-for-4 at New Hampshire for the Baysox. The Orioles top outfield prospect is starting to rebound from a slow start. EDIT - There was a change in scoring overnight and Reimold's fourth hit has been changed to an error. So he went 3-for-4 last night. Good friend Mike Murphy provided the news during the first inning of tonight's game on the Fishercat Radio Network. The Baysox did score three times in that first inning, which should help Brad Bergesen who is making his first start in AA tonight. We'll keep our eye on that. He retired the leadoff hitter on one pitch.
.....Tony Butler got his first win with the organization. The big lefthander acquired in the Bedard trade beat West Virginia for Delmarva. He did allow four runs in six innings, but he continues to show good control as he has walked just two in 23 innings.