Well, the O’s finally won a game north of the border. After 16 consecutive losses to the Blow Jays at Rogers Centre, the O’s won today, 4-3, on the back of RBI by Derrek Lee and Ryan Adams in the top of the ninth inning.
Kevin Gregg came in and – naturally – allowed a home run to the first batter he faced before retiring the side to preserve the win.
It was the O’s first victory in Toronto since August 7, 2009.
Here’s a list of things that were true on August 7, 2009:
- Michael Oher had never played in an NFL game
- Ray Rice was still considered a 3rd-down back
- Nolan Reimold was in the Rookie of the Year hunt
- Brian Matusz could regularly break 90 MPH with his fastball
Of course, with the O’s, it can NEVER be ALL good news.
Jeremy Guthrie had to be removed from the game after just five innings and 64 pitches, despite allowing just one hit and no runs, due to back pain.
Now the Birds travel to Washington, D.C. and then Pittsburgh. I can’t even say that they are facing the “lowly” Nationals and Pirates, though, because the Gnats are a percentag points ahead of us record-wise (.471 vs. .470), and the damn Pirates are a game over .500.
Still, I want to see a sweep in that cesspool of Pittsburgh, please.
In all seriousness, anything less than four wins over the next six will be a disappointment. Even then, the team would still be two games below .500.
Another treat is that we are likely to get to see Vlad Guerrero attempt to play outfield in at least one of those six games, lest Buck decide to use Vladdy in only pinch-hit situations for the next week.