I think even the most cynical fan would have to agree that the Orioles looked pretty good on Tuesday night’s 6-3 victory over the Angels at Camden Yards.
Jeremy Guthrie turned in yet another quality start and picked up the win…he’s looked like the ace of the pitching staff since the All-Star break. Guthrie allowed three runs off five hits through seven innings, fanning two while walking none. Michael Gonzalez pitched 1 2/3 innings of one-hit ball in relief, and Alfredo Simon came on and struck out the only batter he faced to end the game.
After Guthrie allowed two runs in the fifth to break open a scoreless game, it didn’t look good for the Birds. But the offense responded with a run in the bottom of the inning before exploding for four more runs in the sixth. Offensively, Matt Wieters went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, Luke Scott blasted a two-run shot (his team-leading 19th long ball) and rookie Josh Bell picked up the first RBIs of his brief major league career with a two-run double. Five of the O’s nine hits went for extra bases, and the Birds went 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
Solid pitching…check. Good defense…check. Timely hitting…check. For one night at least, new skipper Buck Showalter was able to get his team to do things Dave Trembley could only dream about. And that’s a very good thing for O’s fans…
Brian Matusz looks to continue the trend when he takes the mound Wednesday night…Go O’s!
Here is some Jeremy Guthrie video.