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O’s attempt to achieve 1st place in the AL East has been a roller coaster ride

Posted By Brendan Keelan On Sep 7 2012 @ 10:42 pm In Baltimore Orioles | No Comments

Five days ago the Orioles were one game out of first place in the AL East. Since then they have moved into a tie for first place on Tuesday, dropped a game back again on Wednesday, moved back into a tie on Thursday, and tonight dropped a game back in the race again to the Yankees by a score of 8-5. This roller coaster ride is created by the fact that they are playing head-to-head with the Yankees who they are competing with for the division lead.

Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen, who lost his last start against the Yankees back on the first of September, got rocked in tonight’s game giving up seven earned runs in the four and two-thirds innings he pitched. Chen gave up a total of three home runs, two of them in the fourth inning when the Yanks almost batted through the whole lineup. He earned the loss tonight and now goes to 12-9 for the season and 1-2 in his career against the Yankees.

The hitting for the O’s had some high notes in tonight’s game but not enough high notes to drive towards another comeback win. Both Adam Jones and Robert Andino went yard for the second night in a row, Jones hit his 29th and Andino hit his 7th of the season. On some low notes Matt Wieters who had a fifteen game hitting streak against the Yankees went hitless to break his streak. Also the usually hot hitting Mark Reynolds, who has had big games against the Yanks this season went hitless in this game as well.

Tomorrow the O’s hope to hop back on the high end of the roller coaster and stay there as they try to take the last two games from the Yankees for the season. The starters for tomorrow’s game will be Joe Saunders (BAL) vs. C.C. Sabathia (NYY) at 7:05. Tonight’s game attendance (40,861) went down by over five thousand from last night’s game (46,298).

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