Scott Moore just hit his first home run, driving a 1-0 pitch over the right-center field fence to tie the game, 3-3, in the fifth inning. The ball traveled 394 feet.
Moore hadn’t homered in the majors since April 8, 2008 against Texas’ Jason Jennings.
Jake Arrieta has retired nine of the last 10 batters he’s faced. He walked Derek Jeter with two outs in the fifth, but struck out Nick Swisher on a slider. His fastball is still hitting 96 mph on the stadium gun.
Arrieta has allowed three runs and three hits, with two walks and five strikeouts. He’s thrown 82 pitches.
Interim manager Juan Samuel said before the game that Arrieta wasn’t on a strict pitch count.
Update: It was gut-check time in the sixth, and Arrieta showed no fear. He left the bases loaded by striking out Marcus Thames on a nasty slider. Mark Teixeira led off the inning with a double and took third on a sac bunt. Arrieta issued two intentional walks around Jorge Posada’s shallow fly ball to center. He’s up to 106 pitches. All four hits off him have been for extra bases.
Tonight’s attendance: 27,064.
Tim Bascom, drafted one round ahead of Arrieta in 2007, has held Gwinnett to one run over five innings in his Triple-A debut. He’s allowed four hits, walked one and struck out five.
The Tides have one hit through four innings, a Rhyne Hughes single.
Jacob Julius hit his sixth home run tonight for Single-A Frederick. Miguel Abreu is 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBIs. Billy Rowell also is 2-for-2.
The first 25,000 fans 21 and over attending tomorrow night’s game will receive an Orioles floppy hat.
Trust me, fellas, no woman can turn down a guy in a floppy hat.