O’s rookie pitcher, David Hernandez got alot of support in Angel Stadium last night. The crowd even chanted, “Lets go David!” Hernandez was a native of California, and had a lot of friends and family in attendance to root him on.
The O’s scored five runs in the first two times through the batting order, spotting Hernandez the lead and giving him something to work with. That was all he had needed, as Hernandez only gave up one run in five innings. “Oh I could here them,” said Hernandez. “There are alot of people in Oakland when I pitched there, but there were even more people here to root me on.”
Hernandez pitched two perfect innings on Friday, as he pitched around two singles in the third and left runners stranded in the fourth as well. Hernandez pitched into the seventh inning before coming out of the game. He had a very good outing.
Manager Dave Trembley commented saying, “He just never stopped throwing strikes. He just kept repeating his delivery and commanding his fastball.” Trembley really loved the way Hernandez changed the speeds on his breaking ball though. He thought that was very hard to catch on to.
The O’s offense was very strong on Friday, scoring early on Luke Scott’s two run double. Aubrey Huff made it even better for Hernandez, by hitting a three run bomb giving the O’s five runs to work with. The other run came off of a gap single in which Brian Roberts amazingly scored on from first base.
Following a two run home run by the Angels with two outs in the seventh, Jim Johnson got the call and got out of a tough jam, by giving up a fly ball to deep center. Closer George Sherrill got the call in the ninth, getting a key double play, and taking his 18th save of the year. “You’re anxious”, Sherrill said. “But, you wanna calm your self down and take it slow. Just make sure you go out with your legs under you and throw strikes.”
Hernandez pitched wonderfully as he worked into the seventh for the finished the sixth inning for the first time in his career. David Hernandez really commanded his offspeed pitches and that was the key to his success on Thursday. Matt Wieters commented saying that it was the best control he had seen Hernandez with at the major league level.
Well after a nice O’s win, with the offense in check and the pitching doing fine, for now, the O’s look to take another from the Halo’s tonight at 9:05 ET time. The probable pitchers for tonights’ game are Jason Berken, (1-5) 6.44, and Sean O’Sullivan, (2-0) 3.00. Berken really struggled in his last outing against the Sox giving up four earned in five innings pitched. Berken did have a good changeup against the Sox though, limiting them to only four when they could’ve easily had five or six.
O’Sullivan, has great command, and a crazy sinker, in which he has thrown to perfection. O’Sullivan works out of jams alot, as he worked out of two jams against the Texas Rangers his last outing. My advice to the O’s is,
1. Work the pitcher. With a youngster sinkerballer on the mound, you have to make him throw strikes and get you out, you can’t give him anything.
2. Take what’s given to you. At the same time you are working O’Sullivan, you need to hit any meatballs he gives you, and hit them far.
3. Keep adding on. Make it a parade on July 4th. Keep scoring, and knock him out of games. If you get him in a jam, don’t help him out. Make him come get you and hit a good pitch. Not HIS pitch.
The O’s amazingly are leading the majors in a category! The O’s are hitting .299 (190-636) with runners in scoring position which ranks #1 in the MLB! The O’s weren’t retired in order until the ninth inning of last nights’ game. Robert Andino had his career best seven game hit streak snapped last night. He just didn’t have good at bats.
In other O’s news, Luke Scott has six extra base hits in his last five games. He had just five over twenty three games before. Aubrey Huff is hitting .327, (18-55) with 14 RBI over his last fourteen games, with Nick Markakis hitting .368 (14-36) over his last nine games. Another big stat are the O’s are 24-17 when they score first, and 12-27 when the opponent scores first. Also Baltimore is 28-5 when they outhit the opponent, and 31-18 when they score at least four runs.
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