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June Juggernaut

Written by: Peter Coolbaugh

The Orioles were assured of the series win entering last nights game, but they attacked the Pirates pitching staff, in particular former O Erik Bedard, with reckless abandon.  And while Tommy Hunter did give up some runs himself and keep his ERA over 5, the Orioles ran away with it during the sweep of the surprising Pirates who themselves are over .500 currently.

For the month of June, after an early blip in Tampa Bay, the Birds are flying high with an 8-4 record and three straight series wins as they head back out on the road to Atlanta and New York before hosting Washington, Anaheim, and Cleveland to close out the month.

For those of us in attendance last night, and there were close to 30K there, we saw a real explosion on offense.  Both Matt Wieters and Steve Peace had 5 RBIs, and some great catches made the night memorable.  Mark Reynolds sent one into the left field seats and the place was rocking with role players stepping up and getting it done.  Brian Roberts was robbed of a home run at the wall but otherwise looked great in the field and at the plate.

The 2nd place Orioles are only a half game back of New York right now as we finish up the inter league play over the next 10 days.  Even with the constant barrage of injuries (like the Matusz bunt to the face) and the little unexpected things that crop up, it appears for the moment at least, the Orioles appear to have righted the ship and gotten back on track.

Will the black and orange make the post season?  Probably not, especially with NYY and Tampa in our division.  But we are sure making it interesting.  The preseason favorites like the Phillies and Boston are awful, and much to the sportswriters chagrin, the Orioles are becoming a legitimate contender once again after so many seasons of wandering in the wilderness.

20th Anniversary of Camden Yards and the return of the cartoon bird.  Could they be good luck charms or is it Buck's doing?  Or is it the quality draft choices and good trades are finally coming together.  Whatever the reason, we sure as heck love it.

June 15, 2012


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