Wow. Where to start this one? After a two-plus hour rain delay which left the game ending after 2 a.m. in Baltimore, the Orioles trailed the entire game tonight until the top of the 9th inning, when they subsequently loaded the bases and tied the game at six on a dramatic Corey Patterson grand slam to the second deck in right field. You knew Corey would have a great at-bat in the 9th, after lacing three hits over the course of the night prior to that at-bat, he delivered with 2 outs and the Orioles against a wall. The Orioles sent 10 men to the plate in the 9th, loading the bases twice, but couldn’t come up with the knockout punch with Adam Jones striking out with the bases loaded.
Jake Fox continues to look like a steal for the Birds, as he hit a HR to lead off the 10th after coming in after the Pie injury. That proved to be the winning run, as Alfredo Simon came in for the 10th and recorded a 1-2-3 inning, Simon says SAVE!
There was a downside, however. Matt Wieters left with a "hamstring strain" that looks eerily like a disabled list-type injury. The next inning, Felix Pie didn’t make it out of the batter’s box after an awkward swing that left him with a "quad strain" (that looked eerily like a DL-type hip injury). It is likely that both players will go to the 15-day DL, which makes Jake Fox's play look even bigger in retrospect. Assuming these two moves happen, Josh Bell may have been spared an extra stint at AAA Norfolk, a roster move that was impending coming into the game. Assuming that Tatum and Fox can hold down the catcher's spot, the O's could call up a corner outfielder instead of having to demote Bell to clear a spot for Chris Tillman.
Anyway, good morning to all you Baltimore natives. I hope you go to stay up for the end of the game!