Red Sox 7, Orioles 5: 1-8

1-8. That's the Orioles record at Fenway Park this year.

Jason Berken was decent as far as Jason Berken goes. 5.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K.  It doesn't look great, and it's not, but all things considered I can't really complain. Jason Berken is who he is. Danys Baez was the goat tonight, giving up a bases loaded double to Victor Martinez and handing the lead to the Red Sox in the 7th inning. It was questionable for him to even be in there, I think, since Dave Trembley felt the need to use 7 pitchers tonight. Bizarre.

The Orioles offense had plenty of chances tonight, but they couldn't come through. Their biggest opportunity was the 6th inning. They loaded the bases with one out and Brian Roberts up to bat. He took a walk to force in a run, and then Felix Pie singled up the middle to score one more. With the bases still loaded and still only one out, Nolan Reimold and Nick Markakis both struck out to end the inning.

Nick Markakis got on base four times tonight with a walk, two singles, and a double. Unfortunately Melvin Mora was batting behind him and went 0-5, leaving 5 men on base.

Matt Wieters had two hits and scored two runs and has been looking pretty good at the plate lately. It'd be nice if he started hitting some home runs because it appears that no matter how far he hits the ball he just can't get a double. He also tagged out two men at the plate on two great throws from Nolan Reimold.

As I predicted in the game thread, Brian Roberts hit his 50th double tonight, joining Tris Speaker, Paul Waner, and Stan Musial as the only players in baseball history to have three 50 double seasons. Only Speaker has had more than 3 as he hit 50 or more doubles 5 times. Congrats to Brian on such an achievement. Brian is currently fifth on the all time Orioles list for doubles with 312, and he's done so in 1112 games. The all time leader, Cal Ripken, hit 603 in 3001 games.

The Orioles have an off day tomorrow, their second this week, before starting a series in New York on Friday. Chris Tillman, Brian Matusz, and Jeremy Guthrie will face off against Andy Pettitte, A.J. Burnett, and CC Sabathia.

- Stacey

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