Orioles: Roberts rocks again...and again (updated)
Brian Roberts went deep in the third inning for his third home run in as many games. It wasn't as grand as his slam on Thursday at Tropicana Field, but it put the Orioles in front and kept Roberts on a major roll.
BRob has been hammering the ball for awhile now. He has hit in ten straight games, going 19-for-49 (.388) with eight doubles, four homers, seven runs and 11 RBI.
There are some posters who are wondering why he looks so inspired now, when he looked defeated a few weeks ago. It might be that he wasn't so much frustrated earlier in the season as banged up. He had a lingering bronchial infection for several weeks and has had a variety of bumps and bruises -- most recently that nasty foul tip off his shin two weeks ago.
If he was simply discouraged, his terrific performance the past two weeks makes little sense, since the situation is worse now than it was when so many people assumed that he was letting down because the O's were so far out of contention at midseason.
Instant update: Brian just did it again, launching his second homer of the game and fourth in the last three games to give the Orioles a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning. Jeremy Guthrie has been terrific, but his pitch count is getting up there and Danys Baez is warming up in bullpen.