Some more clubhouse quotes after the Orioles 5-1 win over Oakland from Ty Wigginton, Jeremy Guthrie and Nick Markakis.
Wigginton on the win: “A lot of credit goes to Guthrie. He did a good job getting us in and out of the dugout. Miggy got a couple of walks and Nicky came through with a big homer late in the game.”
Guthrie on his night: “I thought the quality of my stuff was so-so. This was not one of my better games pitched, but it was a nice way to battle. That’s important, getting out of jams with runners in scoring position and keeping the team in the game. It’s a confidence booster to know you don’t have to be at your best every time to compete. I really scuffled with a lot of high pitch counts, but got a big out with the bases loaded with Kouzmanoff at the plate.”
Guthrie on getting some runs to work with: “We’ve had to really battle to get our runs at times. To take advantage of those leadoff walks with the flies to right field, that’s good baseball. When you don’t consistently score a lot of runs, you have to do little things right.”
Guthrie on eight quality starts in ten outings: “It’s important. It’s important to be out there and try to give up less than three runs each time to give your team a chance to win. It feels good, but I’d like to go deeper. The last two games I haven’t been able to go as deep as I’d like. But it’s a nice start to a season and I want to do it for 24 or 25 more starts.”
Markakis on Guthrie’s outing: “He threw the ball well. Had a few walks but kept us in the game. This club has a good eye, they preach it in their organization. He got behind in his pitch count early, but stayed in there and battled.”
Markakis on ending a 21-game homer drought: “It is what it is. You just have to go up there with a good approach every time. Try to hit the mistake pitches that the pitchers make. He left one over the plate. You know I’ve been feeling good lately, you know, getting on and trying to make things happen. You keep plugging away and keep battling and things will come around.”
*It was the first homer for Markakis since May first vs. Boston’s Tim Wakefield. He is now 12-30/1/2 during an eight-game batting streak after going 2 for 2 with two walks tonight.
*Brothers Corey and Eric Patterson were both starters in left field in this game. It’s the first time brothers have played at Camden Yards since Jerry and Scott Hairston on June 10, 2004 with Jerry on the O’s and Scott on the Diamondbacks.
*The Orioles drew six walks, one shy of a season high.
*This was Guthrie’s 50th career home start for the Orioles and he is now 13-22, 4.22 with 27 quality starts in those games. Guthrie has an ERA of 1.35 over his last three starts.
*Oakland entered off back-to-back shutouts vs. San Francisco but its scoreless innings streak ended at 23 when the O’s scored once in the fourth. The A’s are now 18-9 at home but just 5-14 on the road and have won just one of six road series.
*Beginning with this series, the Orioles will play 17 of their next 18 series vs. teams that have a current record of .500 or over.