Orioles: Busting out...
Well, maybe. Aubrey Huff hit his first home run in 17 games (May 26) and Matt Wieters hit his first major league home run, while Nick Markakis went 4 for 4 to raise his average almost back to .300 (.298). Does that mean the offense definitely back after a long and painful team slump?
"Hitting's contagious,'' said Markakis afterward. "We go out and the guys who are supposed to hit the ball start hitting the ball and it's contagious and it's good to see it...The biggest thing is to go out and have fun and not stress out too much."
Nick tried to minimize the impact of his own personal slump, which appears to have ended with the six hits he has in his last seven at-bats, including a homer on Tuesday night, but he admitted that it has been a difficult time.
"Yeah, I would say it's one of the toughest stretches in my career so far,'' Markakis said, "but I'm sure there will be others."