Don’t tell me that Koji Uehara isn’t the closer on this team.
Uehara has four saves since Aug. 21. He retired Torii Hunter on one pitch for the final out today to preserve a 1-0 victory and give the Orioles back-to-back shutouts for the first time since July 22 and 24, 2007 (Jeremy Guthrie and, yes, Daniel Cabrera.)
Koji’s the closer.
I’ll say it again: Koji’s the closer.
Wash my mouth out with soap, but Koji’s the closer.
Then again, Michael Gonzalez was called upon to strike out Bobby Abreu for the second out. The closer normally would have been used in that situation.
I’m still saying that Koji is the closer until somebody else records a save.
Down on the farm, Single-A Frederick ended a five-game losing streak when Pedro Florimon was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score Ronnie Welty with the winning run.
A walk-off HBP. Take the wins where you can get them.
Billy Rowell hit his 11th home run.
Outfielder Kyle Hudson left the game with an undisclosed injury in the top of the fifth after robbing Potomac first baseman Tyler Moore of a home run.