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Once again Luke Scott carried the bat to the plate and made it look easy against Tiger’s pitching. For the second night he hit two Home Runs against the Tigers, only this time he upped his RBIs to 5. After his Grand Slam in the third, a lot of pressure was lifted off of rookie pitcher Bergesen.

Bergesen pitched into the 9th. It may have been the first time this season that an Oriole pitcher has pitched this deep. Since it’s been awhile since there’s been a off day, and the pen having to pitch a lot of innings, it was needed.

There was a lot of pressure placed on Matt Weiters, but Scott cleared the bases in front of him twice. At least most of the times when he batted it wasn’t with men on bases. His first out, which was a double play, really was a good out. It was a fly ball that Mora tried to advance to third. Wasn’t Weiters fault that he was thrown out.

Five wins in a row.

When was the last time that happened? Especially to teams that at the time were leading their division. Yes, Toronto was leading the East when they came to town in the midst of their 9 game losing streak that took them from first to third.

I really think that this team is starting to make that turn around and they will be an exciting team to watch.


It may not have been a real long home run, but whenever a homer is hit to Center Field through the heavy humid beginning of summer air, it can be called a Long Home Run to Center Field.

When Luke Scott came to bat in the bottom of the eighth with two on and a one run lead, a hit was all that was needed to give some margin for error for the closer. A few minutes later when he crossed the plate with his second home run of the night, many breathed a sigh of relief that the Orioles would win their fourth straight game.

Heroes of the night fall right into place when thinking about the youth movement for the Orioles. David Hernandez pitched 5 2/3 innings in his major league debut allowing just one run on a solo homer. Rookie Nolan Reinmold continues to display that it’ll be hard not to keep him in the majors with his 5th home run since being called up. Even 30 year old Luke Scott can be call part of the youth movement even at 30.

For the first time since 1961 four starters on the same team has won their major league debut. The other three are Koji Uehara, Brad Bergesen and Jason Berken.

And tonight the real youth movement arrives with Matt Wieters, that is if you buy into that hype. As I said yesterday, one player can’t carry a team from bad to great. But the future does look a lot brighter than it did on May 1st.

It took 11 innings and a scare in the bottom of the inning, but the O’s ended the night with another win.  This brings their record up to 500 for the past 10 games moved them alone in 2nd place and less than 10 games behind the Red Sox, who split two against the Braves.

Years ago, when the Orioles, Yankees along with the Red Sox, Blue Jays and Tigers were winning 85 to 100 games a year the division was known as the Beast of the East.  That sure isn’t the case this year after nearly 2 months in the season.  Now it would appear that the dominate division is the Central, with the old East teams the Tigers and Indians in the mix leading the way.

Strange things have happened over the years. The season is still young. Many things can happen between now and the end of the year, but unless someone gets in a groove it looks as if a team near .500 will end up 2nd in the division.

And the Beast of the East will be known as the Weak East. Not a good thing, unless you are the Orioles playing .500 ball and end in 2nd.  It’d be the best they been in nearly 10 years.