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Rios and Wells Go Deep, Richmond is Terrific, Jays Sweep Orioles

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Orioles 3 Jays 4

Our first sweep of the season brings us to 18-9 at least a game up on the Red Sox. Sox are losing to the Rays at this moment but wonderful sportsnet just stopped showing the game to show poker. Isn't poker on TV the most boring thing around?

Scott Richmond was great yet again, 7 innings, 5 hits, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts and just 2 earned runs. He still hasn't given up more than 3 earned runs in a start. Today would have even been better for him except for a bad call on what should have been an out at first on the back end of a double play.  The next batter, Luke Scott hit a home run giving him an earned run he didn't deserve. He gave up an unearned run in the 5th when Rod Barajas made a terrible throw on a roller near the 3rd base line. Rod should have never thrown the ball, he wasn't going to get the batter and then the off balance throw went into right field.

Cy Carlson and Scott Downs pitched a perfect 8th and 9th respectively. Downs looks good in the closer role, even working in his 3rd day in a row.

Offensively we weren't as good as we've been the last few days but 5 of our 6 hits were for extra bases. A double and a homer for Alex Rios, who hit the ball hard 3 of his 4 times up. He looked great. Vernon Wells hit a two run homer. Barajas and Overbay each had a double. Ofers for Scutaro (who had our 1 walk), Hill, Lind, Rolen and Snider.

Jays of the Day are Snakeface (.168 WPA and the save), Richmond (.135), Carlson (.124), Rios (.130) and Wells (.109). Barajas had the numbers for a JoD (.121) but that was one awful error. No Suckage Jays, Hill came closest (-.089) but he made a number of nice defensive plays.

Oriole manager, Dave Trembley, was thrown out in the 5th inning, for arguing balls and strikes, I guess. Was funny, the plate umpire (a rookie umpire) started to throw him out then, I guess thought better of it, but the crew chief said something, likely 'go ahead' and he did. Aubrey Huff struck out on a pitch that might have been high and he wasn't happy but he didn't turn and yell at the ump.

Tomorrow we start a series against the Indians. Tallet goes tomorrow and on Tuesday Brett Cecil gets his first major league start.