“The first two (pitches) I was a little late on and a little behind, so I wanted to shorten up with two strikes especially and find something on the barrel,” Wieters said. “I got something up and got it to that wall in right. I knew Jonsesy could score with his speed from first.”
The victory was the Orioles’ ninth in a row this year in extra innings, a new club record, breaking the mark that was first set in 1997 and matched in 2010.
Wieters was asked about the key to the extra-inning success.
“You know it’s the bullpen,” he said. “The bullpen is doing a great job of just keeping teams where they are at. If you keep the other team from scoring, eventually someone will get the run. The bullpen has been great keeping us in games.”
Wieters went 3-for-4 today and is now 14-for-36 (.389) over his last nine games after going through a 3-for-42 slump.
He talked about O’s starter Jason Hammel, who walked a season-high five batters today and gave up four runs over six innings.
“They battled, and they got some hits and some hits where he made good pitches and they found holes,” Wieters said. “But he battled and was able to get through six innings. I think he had 50 plus pitches after two innings, so that was pretty impressive.”
As for Hammel, he said it was a day where he did not have his best command. This was just the third time in his career that he walked five in one appearance.
“I just grinded and battled,” Hammel said. “Fastball command was not there today. Just had to find a way to get it done. Just feel good to get through six, and we are still putting a lot of innings on the bullpen and they keep coming through for us.”
Hammel and the Orioles trailed 4-1 going to the last of the fourth when Steve Tolleson hit a game-tying three-run homer off Cliff Lee. Two innings later, Tolleson made a diving stop to help Hammel put up a 1-2-3 sixth inning.
“That (homer) was huge,” Hammel said. “That was new life for me. At that point, that was us fighting back right there. It was kind of dead, kind of hot out there. We were grinding through it, and that was a big uplift.
“If he doesn’t make that (defensive) play, I’m probably out of the game, and Patton comes in to finish the inning.”
Hammel got a no-decision, but the Orioles improved to 9-3 this year in his 12 starts. Maybe one of the toughest moments for the right-hander came during the on-field celebration after Wieters’ game-ending double.
“I was chasing him down in the middle of the infield and he put a deke on me, and I was worried about my knee. I thought he blew out my knee. But that was huge. Every day somebody new comes through. We have a great team with a good vibe, and we’re all pulling for each other,” Hammel said.