O’s continue rampage—make it 6 and 1!

(AP Photo/LM Otero)

The O’s ruined the Rangers’ home opener by spanking them 8-1. That’s now 6 wins in a row, as our ORIOLES HAVE THE BEST RECORD IN ALL OF BASEBALL, BABY!

Luke Scott continued his tear, by going 2-4. In what was sure to be an angry response to Miguel (no longer Miggi) Tejada’s homer last night, Scott hit his first homer as an O. It’s amazing that we have a real life left fielder now. Scott’s done more in the past 9 games than those bunch of jokers in left over the past few seasons have ever done.

Speaking of Scott, Scott Moore got his first in a trifecta of starts. He spelled Melvin Mora at third today and led it off with a homer. He did seem to be swinging for the fences all day, I’m sure that’s because he’s trying his hardest to stay up here and get at bats. After this, I’m sure Trembley’s going to make more time for him.

Aubrey Huff went 4 for 4 today with 4 RBIs. Its awesome that he’s not doing his usual “I’m a slow starter” schtick. Keep that bat hot Huff and the boos will cease.

Brian Burres wasn’t bad. He worked his way out of a few ugly jams a couple times, but I’ll take 6 innings with 7 hits (6 of ’em singles), 3 K’s and 2 BB and 1 ER. That’s far better than I thought he’d do. Happy Birthday, Burres.

The bullpen again was solid Matt Albers pitched 2 innings and struck out 4. Greg Aquino, acquitted himself from his debut, pitched a scoreless ninth. Before the game, the bullpen ERA was 0.84. Unbelievable.

I feel like I’m in a bizzarro world. The first 7 games have been the complete absolute polar opposite of what usually happens in an Orioles game. Usually one of the following scenarios happen:

1) Good performance by starter, bullpen blows it.

2) Good performance by starter, but zero offense

3) Good performance by offense, but starter has awful start.

4) Decent performance by all parties, but after 7 innings the bats get shut down and they lose by 1.

5) Sloppy defense proves costly in 1 run loss.

So far this season—

Starting pitching– Nothing amazing, but for the most part, its been decent. Decency keeps the ballgame close (and pure).

Bullpen– Lights out awesome

Offense– The offense has been a murderer’s row, nor will it be, but its been all about timely hitting. During the M’s sweep, we never plundered them….but got a hit when it mattered. The O’s of the past few years would have refused to have done so.

Defense– Pretty good. I’m not on the Luis Hernandez bandwagon by any means, but the past few games his defense has been nice, not to mention some well-timed hits.

Will it last? Who cares. These O’s are giving it their all and watching games are a blast right now.

Let’s say it one more time…..

The Baltimore ORIOLES HAVE THE BEST RECORD IN ALL OF BASEBALL. Take that Joe Girardi.

WOW

Where are the Baltimore Orioles that I’ve grown to know and loathe over the year and who replaced them with clutch players?

Through eight innings, I was getting disgusted. Felix Hernandez pitched an awesome game. Those 3 innings of 7 pitches each made me ill. That’s good pitching, but then he was pulled after 8 innings and the M’s relied on their bullpen to get 3 outs. What happened after that was akin to a reverse Mother’s Day Massacre.

Jeremy Guthrie pitched a nice game. 7 innings, 2 runs, 2 BB, and 2 K’s. Nothing flashy, but a good outing that really saved the bullpen. Randor Bierd and Dennis Sarfate pitched scoreless relief, keeping up the amazing trend of awesome relief pitching. Sarfate was especially filthy today, throwing only 12 pitches, nine of them strikes. Keep it up, I’m loving having a great bullpen.

So we get to the bottom of the ninth. Eric O’Flaherty comes in to get the save. Nick Markakis gets a double. Millar grounds it out to get him to third base. 1 out, Aubrey Huff grounds out to score Markakis. It’s 2 outs and the M’s bring in Mike Lowe to get 1 out. Luke Scott, who is the man by the way, has his second 3 for 3 day. Scott hits a single. Trembley brings in Adam Jones to to pinch run. Jay Payton comes to bat. I’m thinking, well..here’s a pop-up…at least we gave them a run at the end. But no! Jay Payton says this game will go on. Payton hits another single and Jones gets to third. Lowe then throws a wild pitch….JONES SCORES AND TIES THE GAME! What’s going on? THis usually happens at the cost of the O’s, never to our benefit. The wild pitch actually happen on ball four to Ramon Hernandez. Now at bat, Luis Hernandez. Oh no….it’s going to be extra innings. Luis is going to strike out here. BUT NOOOOOOOOO!!!! NO SIR! Luis drops a hit into the outfield and the ORIOLES WIN 3-2!

4-1, BABY 4-1!