The here-to-fore winless O’s bested the boys in pinstripes 6-4 at vaunted Yankee Stadium Friday. Former Oriole Mike “Moose” Musina gave up all six runs and lasted only four innings. The Moose abuse was loosed with the very first Oriole, as Brian Roberts opened the game with a double. Melvin Mora then singled on a perfect bunt, before Nick Markakis hit the first of his two doubles, driving in two runs.
The Moose really had no excuse as it was an ideal night for pitchers, cold with the wind blowing in. Adam Lowen threw five strong innings, a hopeful sign for Baltimore, who has had little to cheer about so far. Kevin Millar, who as a former Red Sox has plenty of experience with the Yankees, noted before the game that the Orioles needed to arrive with a swagger and dominate in Yankee Stadium.
The O’s did. At least for one game. The two teams play ball again today with Steve Trachsel matched up against Kai Igawa.
Meanwhile, the teams’ two Triple A clubs are battling it out elsewhere in New York, with the Orioles affiliate Norfolk Tides losing to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 6-3 to even the series at one apiece.
And the Nats fell short after falling behind again…
— Michael Norton