The Orioles longest tenured player and often injured second baseman Brian Roberts made his comeback in Tuesday night’s game vs. the Pirates. Roberts has not played for the O’s since May 16, 2011 where he suffered a season ending concussion. He was called up from his rehab in the minors to come back and leadoff once again for his team.
After having two concussions in his career Roberts finally decided to make a change by wearing a special batting helmet with more padding. He was also batting from both the left and right sides of the plate tonight which might indicate that he is back in the groove and feeling more comfortable in the batter’s box.
The Brian Roberts return in Baltimore really helped spark players as well as fans as the Orioles defeated the Pirates who came into this game winning twelve of their last fifteen by a score of 8-6, and he got the traditional shaving cream pie in the face after the game. Roberts went three for four in the game with three singles (one in his 1st at bat) and one RBI.
The interleague series between these two teams now is tied at five games each. Baltimore and Pittsburgh have also met in the 1979 World Series in which the Pirates managed to win in seven games.
Kevin Gregg was sent in the ninth to try to seal this game for the O’s but gave up a two-run homer to Neil Walker to cut the score to 8-6. Why did they bring Gregg and not Johnson right away? Were they trying to show him off to other teams as a closer for trade possibilities? Whatever the case it did not look like a possibility. Jim Johnson came in and got his ninteenth save in the O’s lastest victory.
As of tonight’s box score Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones has had his first four hit ballgame tonight, but it could change after his last base hit was a questionable call on whether or not it was an error.
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)