George Sherrill almost never makes it easy, but after a tightrope act in the ninth inning, Sherrill and the O's held on to their 10-9 lead in Arlington to improve to 5-2 on the season.
Aubrey Huff was 4-for-5 with three steaks. Nick Markakis went 2-for-5 with a walk, two RBIs, three runs scored, and a potential game-saving catch in the bottom of the ninth inning on a rocket to the wall hit by Michael Young, after Ian Kinsler had led off the inning with a double. Walker, Johnson and Sherrill combined to close out the final two innings with no runs allowed, though Sherrill as always made it interesting. Felix Pie was 3-for-4 with a homer. The new road uniforms looked great.
Koji Uehara was roughed up pretty good: 5 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 3 K. On the plus side, that beats Chien-Ming Wang (1 IP, 8 ER) tonight, and the fact that the Yankees are paying $200 million for their team and Nick Swisher pitched tonight.
Nothing out of the ordinary, though watching the team do everything but flat-out squander a 10-4 lead was pretty tough.
We'll do it all again tomorrow.
Most Birdland Player (MBP) for tonight's game was:
Nick Markakis (2-for-5, BB, 3 R, 2 RBI, big ninth inning catch) (160 votes)
Aubrey Huff (4-for-5, 3 RBI) (99 votes)
Brian Roberts (3-for-5, RBI, 2 R, BB, "web gem") (22 votes)
Felix Pie (3-for-4, HR, RBI, 2 R) (51 votes)
332 total votes