Thursday’s game between the Orioles and Nationals wrapped up a great week of baseball as the teams finished their annual “Battle of the Beltway.”
On Memorial Day, both teams sported camouflage jerseys, which will be auctioned off to support our troops. Although there was a combined effort to raise money for charity, the game was one-sided. With fifteen base hits, the Orioles won the first game 6-2.
When the series switched over to Baltimore, the exhilaration, along with the weather, heated up tremendously. The third game was undoubtedly the best of the four game series. The Nationals started strong, led by third basemen Ryan Zimmerman, who hit a home run in each of his first three at bats. It seemed as if this game would be another lopsided Washington victory.
The final game of the series was a pitcher’s duel. The Orioles’ pitching staff gave up only three hits to Washington’s talented offense. Orioles’ pitcher Freddy Garcia threw eight innings, gave up three hits, and no earned runs.
The Nationals’ starting pitcher Dan Haren had a solid night as well. In seven and one-third innings, Haren gave up two runs and eight hits. D.C.’s offense could not give Haren the proper run support, resulting in another loss.
The Orioles lead the all-time series 29-21 after taking three out of four from their rivals down the street. Although Baltimore showed they were the stronger team this week, both teams have to like the direction their ballclub is heading after a competitive series of baseball.