Wieters Crushes Double in O’s Second Straight Walk-Off Win
June 10, 2012
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Orioles designated hitter Matt Wieters watching his walk-off double in the 10th inning. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Orioles 5, Phillies 4 (10 innings)
WP – David O’Day (0-1, 3.06)
LP – Joe Savery (4-0, 1.78)
BALTIMORE — The quality that Baltimore that has made it such a successful team in the league’s toughest division is that they have the ability to strike at any given moment.
A pair of timely sources of power led the Orioles to their second straight walk-off hit in extra innings of the series, a 5-4 win in 10 innings Sunday afternoon. This one came from Matt Wieters, and it was a missile.
In the 10th after Ty Wigginton allowed an Adam Jones ground ball to tie him up, Wieters blasted a double off the wall in right field, scoring Jones from first to end the game.
Surely Cliff Lee was going to get his first win of the season. Lee was coasting through the first three innings, allowing a run and striking out six. Meanwhile, the Phillies had put up a three-spot in the 2nd inning and another in the top of the 4th to give him a comfortable 4-1 lead.
The 4th started off in Lee’s favor again. After a lead-off walk to Wieters, Lee got Ronny Paulino to ground into a double play. Baltimore followed that up with a walk and double.
The complexion suddenly changed with one swing of the bat with two outs. Steve Tolleson launched a three-run homer to left field, tying the game up at four and killing Lee’s chance at his bid for win number one.
Lee was done after six, giving way to Michael Schwimer. Schwimer went on to pitch three shut out innings of one-hit ball, striking out four to hold the Orioles off. But Joe Savery couldn’t hold off the O-Birds, and it dropped the Phillies to four games under .500 and eight games out of first.