I lasted until the bottom of the 16th. Words can’t describe the improbability of this victory other then Buck pulled every card out of the deck and finally found the Ace when Taylor got the winning hit. The O’s were virtually stopped cold by Pedro Martinez—errrrrrr Erasmo Ramirez until the 9th when singles by Flaherty, Nate McLouth (who was 3-6 with 2 sacrifice bunts and a walk), a bunt by JJ and then a seeing eye gound ball single to tie the game by Chris Davis. Jake Arietta, Steve Johnson and Tommy Hunter pitched near flawlessly in relief of Chen.
Pedro Strop gave up a leadoff double and then worked his out of the jam with 2 strikeouts.
LJ Hoes never got in this game
The Orioles,especially Adam Jones, were completely blindsided by Ramirez and the Seattle staff only mustering 9 hits. The O’s swung at pitches that were unhittable and recorded 13 strikeouts.
Tampa, lost, Oakland lost but the red Angels blasted Ryan Dempster 13-3. So with 14 games leftthe O’s are tied for first with the Yanks, trail Oakland by a game for #1 wild card, are 3 games ahead of the Angels, and are now 6 games ahead of Tampa. Perhaps the best pitcher in the American League, Felix Hernandez faces the O’s tonight .