Tuesday, April 14, 2009

O's hold on to win strange game

For the second night in a row, George Sherrill made things interesting in the game's last inning -- but still managed to get the job done. In tonight's game, Sherrill came in to pitch the bottom of the 10th with the Orioles up 7-3. He then proceeded to allow four consecutive singles and two runs to score, but he stopped the Rangers' attack by getting Josh Hamilton to ground out to third and allowing two long fly balls -- but outs -- to Hank Blalock and Nelson Cruz.

The Orioles managed to win despite three unfortunate, and strange, occurences: 1) Alfredo Simon left in the second inning after retiring just four batters and apparently is headed back to Baltimore with shoulder discomfort; 2) Dennis Sarfate and Aubrey Huff collided in the third inning on a pop-up in foul territory hit by Blalock, though Sarfate held on to the ball for the out and both players remained in the game; and 3) Jamie Walker tripped over his own feet trying to field a groundball hit by Omar Vizquel in the seventh, but he still retired the side without allowing a run.

Other notes: The Orioles and Rangers combined for 22 hits, 12 runs, and six home runs. Brian Roberts went 3-5 with two runs scored, Luke Scott had two hits including a home run, and Adam Jones had two hits -- and probably the game's biggest play: a two-run home run to break a 3-3 tie in the top of the 10th. Scott and Jones each had three runs batted in. The Orioles have now won the first two games in each of their three series.

AP Photo/LM Otero

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