Baltimore Orioles fans have sore knuckles after having to knock on wood several times due to O’s TV announcer Gary Thorne on MASN (Mid-Atlantic Sports Network) jinxing Baltimore in this game by talking about the team’s different winning streaks before the game was over. When you are the visiting team’s announcer at the game and you talk about the other teams streaks in attempt to jinx them that is understandable, but when represent the home team’s broadcast network you need to have enough sense when to keep your mouth shut and wait till after the game. These jinxes did not however stop the O’s from picking up a series opening win over the White Sox 4-3 and continuing their winning streak at three games and twenty-fourth one run win on the season, thirteenth in a row.
Both of these teams coming into tonights game were some of the top teams in the American League in relief wins, Chicago: 23 (2nd) and Baltimore: 21 (3rd) now 22 thanks to Pedro Strop who earned the win and Jim Johnson. Johnson earned his 40th save of the season passing Tampa Bay’s Fernando Rodney for the lead in the American League and Major League Baseball this season. With this win he also continues to lead the Majors in quality saves (which means runners in scoring position, leading by one run) with sixteen. Johnson is the second pitcher in O’s history to have at least 40 saves in a single season, the record for the most in a single season is held by Randy Myers in 1997 with 45.
White Sox batters struckout twelve times against O’s pitching which is odd in a way because usually Oriole batters are the ones who strikeout the most in Oriole games. One batter that did and always has stood out when he plays the O’s is Kevin Youkilis who hit his twenty-third homer against the O’s in his career tonight, the eleventh at Camden Yards. The Orioles homers consisted of Lew Ford hitting his first homer and RBI as an Oriole and the first homer for him since 7/29/07 while with the Twins and Nate McLouth hitting the go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth for his second this season. Another note is that White Sox pitching walked seven Oriole batters tonight.
With this win and the Yankees extra inning loss to Toronto the O’s now move to just 3.5 game behind New York for the AL East lead. Also with the Rays loss to the Rangers the O’s move back into second place in the divison. The Orioles and White Sox continue their four game series tomorrow at 7 pm/ET, pitchers are Chris Tillman (BAL) vs. Chris Sale (CHW)
About the Author
Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)