I’ll pass on the obvious joke here.
Luke Scott gave the Orioles a 6-5 lead with a grand slam in the eighth inning. Corey Patterson began the rally with a home run and ended the game with his throw to the plate. Catcher Matt Wieters made a tremendous tag, blocking the plate while reaching far to his right for the ball.
That’s the obvious stuff.
Now for the little things.
Did anyone notice how Nick Markakis slid hard into second base to break up a potential double play on Miguel Tejada’s grounder to third, just before Ty Wigginton walked and Scott cleared the bases?
“I hope it didn’t go unnoticed and I hope everybody saw it, and I just told Markakis the importance of him playing hard and sliding in there on that double play ball and getting us the extra out in that inning. That was a real big play,” manager Dave Trembley said.
“Obviously, Luke hits the ball out of the ballpark and Corey throws the potential tying run out at the plate. A lot of other things happened in the game, but a little thing like that is really a team play and tells you what the guys are trying to do.”
Another key moment was more hidden from view. First base coach John “T-Bone” Shelby, who works with the outfielders, repositioned Patterson in left before the newest Oriole fielded Ichiro Suzuki’s two-out single in the ninth and cut down Josh Wilson at the plate.
“I’ll give Bone a lot of credit,” Trembley said. “Bone moved Patterson. Little thing like positioning played a big part. With two strikes, he moved Patterson over and he moved him in a little bit. That seemed to be the difference getting the guy out at the plate.”