The Orioles came right out of the gate on this one, and I couldn’t be happier – especially since all four runs they plated in the first inning scored with two outs. After a great battle in which Chris Davis ended up walking, Matt Wieters singled, driving in Brian Roberts from second base, and Mark Reynolds followed it up with a double, which was enough to get Davis in. Steve Pearce then smacked a double of his own, bringing Weets and Reynolds home.
That’s the kind of offense I really like – as much as I adore watching a team really gut it out and squeak through runs in the later innings of a well-fought pitchers duel, watching the Orioles burst out of the gate like Secretariat is exciting and encouraging. The team strung together hits – and a walk – and was able to push across a ton of runs all with two outs. Not only did they not give up when they had two outs ahead of them, but they absolutely dominated and kept piling on the offense, providing run support for Tommy Hunter, who last won a game the day before my birthday. (I turned 23 on April 25th.)
The scoring didn’t stop there, though. In the third, Matt Wieters knocked a ground-rule double, driving in another run to make the score 5-0. Then he drove in two more runs in the fourth, putting the Orioles up 7-0 and increasing his RBI total to three. Reynolds added a double (his second) in the fourth, as well, and Pearce hammered the nail into the coffin with an absolutely gigantic homer to left field. 10-0 Orioles after only four innings.
Tommy Hunter began to struggle in the fifth, allowing a bloop hit and a single before recording two consecutive outs. Then Tommy did what he does best – he gave up a home run to Rod Barajas, and the Pirates were suddenly on the board. After one more single, he escaped the inning, but that home run issue remains, and it’s making me – and surely others, as well – somewhat nervous. It’s the seventeenth homer Hunter’s given up already this season. That’s not a pretty statistic.
Two more runs scored for the Pirates in the top of the sixth, but the Orioles immediately answered with two consecutive doubles from Adam Jones and Matt Wieters, which added a run.
Darren O’Day took over the pitching for Hunter in the seventh, recording three outs without doing that whole ‘give up a home run’ thing that Hunter seems to do an awful lot. Dana Eveland followed in the eighth, and although he recorded two outs he managed to get himself into a position where he ended up with two men on before recording the third one on a flyout to Adam Jones.
The bottom of the eighth made me change the title again: now it’s the Wieters, Pearce and Reynolds Show, as the latter hit a bomb out to left field, the crowning achievement on his four-hit night.
A run came across in the top of the ninth, but at this point, it was pretty much irrelevant…because…
…tonight was a good night offensively:
- Mark Reynolds: 4 hits
GodMatt Wieters: 4 RBI
- Steve Pearce: 5 RBI
I like winning. I think it’s time to go and try that in the city where they make my favorite soda.*
*My terminal addiction to Coca-Cola should be copied or praised by absolutely nobody.