This was an offensive shoot-out that I had the pleasure of attending. Unfortunately, I didn’t see the home team win but it was still an exciting game as all but ONE of the 15 runs was scored by a homerun. And as the saying goes, chicks love the longball. It started in the bottom of the 1st with Adam Jones hitting his 2nd homerun in as many days. But the Reds came right back in the next inning with their DH Jonny Gomes hitting a solo shot to left. In the 3rd, Brian Matusz game up a 3-run homer to Joey Votto allowing the Reds to go up 4-1. But, you guessed it, we came right back with a 2-run shot by Nick Markakis (Hardy also scored) putting the O’s down by only 1 run. And guess what? Matt Wieters hit a homerun in the 4th to tie it up! I’m telling you it was such an exciting game.
In the 5th, Joey Votto hit his 2nd homerun of the game, a 2-run homer that also scored Brandon Phillips. And with Brad Bergesen on the mound in the 7th, Scott Rolen hit a 2-run homerun putting them up 8-4. In the bottom of the 7th, J.J. Hardy hit a solo shot making it 8-5. Could it be? Could the O’s be coming back? No. Because Brad Bergesen gave up another homer to Drew Stubbs (what a name) followed by an RBI single to Brandon Phillips to make it 10-5, which would be the final score.
Though the pitching couldn’t get anything done, we can take some positives out of this. The offense is HOT. Adam Jones hit his 13th homer of the season, Nick Markakis hit his 6th, Matt Wieters hit his 7th, and Hardy hit his 10th.
It was also Luke Scott’s birthday and Camden Yards put a little video tribute together for him featuring clips from Star Wars and showing highlights of him hitting homeruns with his bat lit up like a light saber. It was funny and clever and Camden Yards gave him a very big applause causing him to come out of the dug out and do a little wave/fist pump thingy. I tried to get the whole stadium to sing Happy Birthday but it didn’t work out too well.
ALSO, it was crazy as to how many Reds fans were there. The announced attendance was close to 39,000, almost a full house and I’d say there was a good 15,000 to almost 20,000 Reds fans there (that’s about half). It was surprising and disappointing but I still love seeing a full house over 18,000 O’s fans.