Game 107: Hellickson Battered As Orioles Shutout Rays

By David Hill

Last night, the Rays shut out the Orioles to take over second place. Today, it was the Orioles turn to reciprocate.

Baltimore did all their damage with two outs, as Jeremy Hellickson was unable to get out of trouble all night. The Orioles jumped on the board in the top of the first. Nick Markakis walked to lead off the game. After two strikeouts, Adam Jones singled, putting runners on first and second. Matt Wieters singled, driving in Markakis with the first run of the night.

In the top of the second, Nate McLouth doubled to lead off the frame. Again, Hellickson struck out the next two batters, but gave up a Markakis single, putting the Orioles up 2-0. The score held up until the fourth, when the Orioles had one on and two out. Hellickson gave up a walk to Markakis, and an infield single to J.J. Hardy to load the bases. Chris Davis followed wih a two run single, putting Baltimore up 4-0.

That was all for Hellickson, as he left the game after the fourth. For the game, he gave up 4 earned runs on 8 hits and 4 walks over his 4 innings of work. He did strike out 4 batters, all through the first two innings.

Meanwhile, Wei-Yin Chen was in control for the Orioles. He ran into a bit of trouble in the bottom of the fourth, as the Rays had two on and only one out, but Chen was able to strike out Carlos Pena and get Sean Rodriguez on a foul ball to the catcher to end the threat. The only other real scoring chance came in the bottom of the fifth, as the Rays had Sam Fuld on second with one out. However, Fuld was nailed trying to steal third, and Jose Molina popped out.

Chen picked up the victory, giving up only 5 hits and 1 walk through 7 scoreless innings, while striking out 4 batters. Pedro Strop and Jim Johnson pitched the final two innings, closing out the win.

With the victory, the Rays and Orioles find themselves once again in a tie for second in the American League East.

Game Notes: McLouth was added to the roster just before the game, as his contract was purchased from Norfolk. Endy Chavez was designated for assignment to make room on the roster.