Saturday, May 26, 2012

Orioles beat Royals: Section 96. Row 12. Seat 14.

We're entering the part of the season when I could spend every night on Eutaw Street. Last night was no exception  as I sat in right center, at the still point of the Camden Yards universe and watched the Orioles solve Bruce Chen en route to a 8-2 win.

It was a great vantage point that allowed me to watch seeing-eye singles and doubles in the gap coming toward me.

This past week, the Birds dropped two of three to the Red Sox--but there were more important developments than wins and losses. Brian Roberts began his rehab assignment in Bowie and with the week coming to a close, various sources reported that Adam Jones had received a new contract.

Wednesday's finale against the Bosox, the end of a 20-games in 20-days stretch featured Luis Exposito (.059), Ryan Flaherty (.206) and Nick Johnson (.206) in the starting line-up. Johnson hit two home runs.

Last night, Jason Hammel pitched very well for six innings and the Orioles unlocked the secrets of Bruce Chen's wizardry in the 5th, putting up five runs to lead 6-0. In the inning, something happened I've never seen before. Avery and Andino were both caught in run downs and both somehow avoided the tag at second. Markakis doubled to the wall and Jones singled him in. Nick is swinging a hot and patient bat right now.

In the bleachers, fans heckled Royal right fielder Jeff Francoeur throughout the whole game. "Frenchy" as he is called responded with a two-run homer. It was a raucous orange-clad crowd that filled most of the stadium but not the mezzanine.

It's Memorial Day weekend and we are in first place. 11,000 walk-ups attended last night's contest. Get out to Camden Yards--there is no better place to see the game being played.


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