Happy 30th O’s…. it’s e’ffing July. With 11 days left to spare in the month, the Orioles pulled off their 30th win in extra inning fashion beating the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 11-10 in 13 innings. For comparisons’ sake, the Yankees reached the 30-win plateau back on May 30th.
Of course, the “monumental” win was no walk in the park for our Birds. O’s rookie pitcher Jake Arrieta now has the most feared pick off throw in all of MLB, as Rays’ left-fielder Carl Crawford can now attest. The theory of all black gentlemen being extremely hung down below the belt backfired on Crawford last night as he was caught napping on first base. Arrietta threw a pick off throw straight at his (you pick: “junk” “member” “man meat” “tube snake” etc.) and immediately dropped Crawford to the ground. Ty Wiggington promptly picked up the ball and tagged him out.
I bet mister all-star and soon to be free agent wished he wore one of these…
Speaking of “big sticks,” the O’s brought theirs out too last night, recording back-to-back-to-back home runs for the first time since September 5, 1995. Luke Scott, Ty Wiggington and Adam Jones each took Rays starter, Matt Garza “yard” in the bottom of the second inning.
Scott played the dare devil role last night by hitting a second home run in the game and actually made it around the bases both times without injuring himself. KEEP BOOSTING THAT TRADE VALUE LUKE!
In true Orioles fashion they of course blew their lead and give up seven unanswered runs to the Rays eventually finding themselves down 8-4. Miguel Tejada, also trying to boost his trade value, delivered big for the O’s in the bottom of the seventh with a two run double to cut the Rays lead to 8-6.
Miguel wasn’t finished yet because for the second time of the night he answered with a two run double in a clutch situation, this time in the bottom of the ninth and ties the score a 9-9.
After both teams traded runs in the 10th, and the Rays went up by 1 in the top of the 13th, Julio Lugo singled to right field and brought Cezar Iztarus around the bases from second to score the game winning run in the bottom of the 13th.
The Orioles have now snapped their four game losing streak but still remain the laughing stock of Major League Baseball.
Luke Scott: 3-4 2HR(14) 3 RBI
Miguel Tejada: 2-5 2 2B 4 RBI R
Adam Jones: 2-5 HR (15)