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May
10

Orioles Sweep Red Sox; Win First Series of Season


By Ben Linton

It took a while for the Orioles to win their first series of 2010, but it was well worth the wait. The O’s completed a sweep of the Boston Red Sox and sent the numerous Sox fans at Camden Yards home dissapointed with a 3-2 win in extra innings today.

In Game 1 of the series, the Orioles outlasted the Red Sox in extra innings, winning 5-4 in the 10th on a single by Miguel Tejada. Matt Albers was granted the win and Tejada was the MVP, going 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs and his fourth of the season. It was the kind of game the O’s were used to playing, but also used to losing. It was a good way to steal momentum early to start the season.

Game 2 was highlighted by the debut of Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, but the Orioles rained hits (12) and home runs (5) all over that parade, winning 12-9. Even though he gave up 4 runs in 5 innings, Brad Bergesen was granted the win. Ty Wigginton led the offense with 2 home runs; Matt Wieters, Nick Markakis, and Luke Scott all homered as well.

With the series already clinched, it was time for the Orioles to cap off a great weekend with a series sweep of the rival Red Sox. With the score 2-2 in the bottom of the 8th, the Orioles loaded the bases with only one out, but were unable to score when both Luke Scott and Nolan Reimold struck out. Once again the game was headed to extra innings, and the lucky 10th seemed to be true once again. With Nick Markakis on second base, Ty Wigginton ripped a shot into the gap, winning the game and clinching a series sweep. The Orioles won 3-2.

I cannot begin to talk about this series without mentioning Ty Wigginton and his amazing start to this season. So far Wigginton has been the best player on the Orioles, leading the team in batting average (.329), home runs (8), and RBIs (15). In the series vs. Boston, he went 3 for 8 with 2 home runs and 3 RBIs. He has been playing all across the infield and second and first base, contributing in any way possible.

With this sweep the Orioles improve to 7-18, still trailing the AL East leading Tampa Bay Rays by 11 games. But to look on the bright side, the Orioles gain a much needed momentum boost by not only winning the series, but sweeping it. They gained confidence that they can play with the cream of the crop in the MLB, and that they can win those close games that eluded them so much in the early season. The O’s will need to keep this train rolling, as they head into New York to take on the Yankees for three games next.


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