Written by Michael Williams and Wally Booth
It was a full house for Jim Palmer and his statue. Roy Firestone could not make it, Jim cried anyway.
Wei Yin Chen gave up his only run to the first batter of the game who walked.
The Orioles came back to tie the game in the bottom of the first on Nick Markakis and Jim Thome doubles.
A two run Robert ANdino Homer in the second and single run in the third put the O's safely ahead for the rest of the ball game.
Or did it.
Chen ran his pitch count up to prevent him from pitching the seventh giving up only two hits, but Darren O'Day handled that beautifully. Pedro Shop danced around a wee bit of difficulty , but handed the three run lead over to the ORioles All Star close Jim Johnson. If not for a fabulous throw to end the inning by Endy Chavex, the Oriole would have trailed going into the bottom of the 9th. Johnson's second blown save of the year.
A packed house was understandably upset that the certain victory was now going on to extra innings.
Miguel Scolovitch made his MLB debut and pitched well, but in his second inning of work Troy Patton came on to finish out a potential scoring opportunity for the Tigers and their hero AL Kaline in attendance. The mojo of Al, who never played a day in the minor leagues got to Troy and the Tigers took the lead.
Now I am making this all seem like an abridged version, and it is, but the game went on and on. With two out Adam Jones stroked a base hit off of Jose Valverde to once again knot the score both closer had blown there saves. The Orioles continued to trot out their bullpen, to varying degrees of success. Lindstrom handled the twelfth, but faltered in the unlucky thirteenth and again the Orioles trailed. If not for the Heroics of Kevin Gregg, the game would have gotten out of hand. But Kevin did not give in. Two outs on three pitches.
Eddie Murray appeared on the big screen to wave to the croud to counteract the Al Kaline curse, and to a rousing cheer of Eddie, Eddie, Eddie..there was slight hope that the Orioles could once again rally to tie this game up.
Nick Markakis tried to even the score, but he was unable, one away. J.J. Hardy who was mired in a 3 for 46 slump hit a majestic shot the left field seats to once again tie this game. Would it go on?
Chris Davis was no longer in the game so the thoughts of him coming in to pitch mightily were dashed. Jim Thome was not able to win the game. There were two away. Adam Jones valiantly tried to end it for the Good Guys, but he was struck with a pitch. With Adam on first, the game's fate rested on the shoulders of Talyor Teagargen, who had come on in his first game as an Oriole to catch when Matt Wieters was removed for a pinch runner in an earlier attempt to win the game. In his only previous at bat, he struck out to kill the Orioles best rally in extras. THis time he deposited a fastball on top of the Gardeners shed in right field to win the game for the Orioles and Jim Palmer 8-6.
A pie ensued.
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