Yes, but can he walk on water? - Matt Wieters' two-run homer in the last of the 9th gave the O's a 4-2 win over Tampa tonight. Wieters went 1 for 3 with 3 RBI. Wieters has two homers and 8 RBI over the past two games.
In the three games of this series vs. Tampa, Wieters is 5 for 10 with two homers and 9 RBI. Over his last 11 games, he is batting .333 (13 for 39) with two homers and 9 RBI.
This was the Orioles 3rd walk-off homer this year:
***May 27 - Nolan Reimold vs. Toronto, bottom of 11th
***July 11 - Melvin Mora vs. Toronto, bottom of 12th
***September 16 - Matt Wieters vs. Tampa, bottom of 9th
Tillman time - Tonight, Chris Tillman put together the best of his ten Major League starts. Over 6 2/3 innings, he gave up just five hits and one run. He walked one and did not strike out a batter throwing, 95 pitches.
Tillman lowered his ERA from 4.91 to 4.50.
He tied a season-best, going 6 2/3. He tied a season-best allowing just one run (he also did it over five innings on 8-29 vs. Cleveland).
Tillman retired the first nine batters in a row on just 33 pitches and he had a one-hit shutout through five innings. Gregg Zaun led off the 6th with a homer to get Tampa on the board.
For the first time all year, in 28 starts between Triple-A and the Majors, Tillman did not record a single strikeout. In his last outing vs. the Yankees he had fanned a season-high eight batters.
Tillman, 2009 with Orioles:
First two starts: 6.75 ERA
Last eight starts: 3.99
Last two starts: 1-0, 3.86 ERA
The gun - Carl Crawford, the AL stolen base leader in four of the last six seasons, was thrown out trying to steal second twice tonight by catcher Matt Wieters.
This is just the second time in his career Crawford has been thrown out twice in the same game. Gerald Laird of Texas first did it on April 10, 2007.
Crawford, who has 56 steals on the year, was caught stealing tonight by Wieters in the 4th and 6th innings.
Melvin Mora was 2 for 4 tonight with a single and double. He is 6 for 15 during a four-game hit streak and, over his last 15 games, is batting .345-3-9.
Luke Scott went 1 for 3 with an RBI double. In this series, Scott is 4 for 10 with a homer and 4 RBI.
The O's improve to 36-38 in home games and 12-17 in games decided by two runs.
A different year - The O's improve to 7-6 on the year vs. Tampa (3-15 last year vs. Rays). They are 5-3 at home vs. the Rays and improve their lead in the all-time series to 103-96.
The O's have now won four of their last six games, six of the past ten and are 12-13 over the previous 25 games.
Tonight's attendance was 10,548. Time of game was 2:22, but that does not count the rain delay of one hour and 40 minutes in the bottom of the 8th.
Tampa has lost 13 of its last 14 games and 16 of 20. Tampa is 13-24 since August 7th. The Rays are 2-14 in September.
The Orioles have scored 38 runs over the last six games.