According to plate umpire Brian Gorman, you can tag a runner with your hamstrings instead of the ball.
Gorman called out Josh Bell at the plate in the sixth inning after the Orioles rookie slid hard into Jeff Mathis, knocking the Angels’ catcher on his backside. Bell touched the plate as Mathis tried to swipe at him with his mitt. He was clearly safe, except in the closed eyes of Brian Gorman.
Nick Markakis lost an RBI. The Orioles will try not to lose a game.
Matt Wieters’ sacrifice fly in the seventh scored Luke Scott for a 1-0 lead. No way to deny the Orioles that run.
Down on the farm, Triple-A Norfolk left-hander Troy Patton held Gwinnett to two runs and four hits in six innings, but Alberto Castillo took the loss after allowing two runs in two-thirds of an inning.
Nolan Reimold went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Maybe we’ll see Patton and Reimold at Camden Yards on Wedneday. Reimold’s definitely coming to Baltimore. Patton deserves to pitch in at least one game.