On Wednesday the Orioles activated J.J. Hardy off the disabled list. Who knew that he would help and ignite the Baltimore Orioles and lead them to a series sweep against the Seattle Mariners?
Well Hardy started his surge in his first at-bat of the series when he blasted a solo home run to get the Orioles on the board. To top off his return Hardy would get 3 more hits all singles.
In the first game of the series the game went 13 innings. The game would be finished in dramatic fashion, as Matt Wieters would get the hit that plated Felix Pie and gave the Orioles the win.
In the second game of the series the Orioles would have a tough task, as they had to face Felix Hernandez. Hernandez is one of the great young starting pitchers, but the Orioles would find a way to get to him.
The Orioles would get their big chance to take the lead in the game in the 5th inning, as they would get 3 runs to take a 4-1 lead. Luke Scott and Adam Jones were the ones to help accomplish this, as Scott would get the go ahead RBI and Jones would get a triple to score 2 more runs that would ultimately put the game away.
Hardy would also put his name on this game with a single and he would catch the final out of the game.
In the finale the Orioles would send their best pitcher to the mound in Zach Britton. Britton would have a great game, as he would go 9 strong innings. He would get a no-decision as the game was still tied 0-0 when he left the game, but all in all he would have a great day.
Just like the first game this game would have to be decided in extra innings. The Mariners would strike first in the 12th inning with a run, but the Orioles would score 2 runs in the bottom half of the inning to get the walk-off win.
To no surprise the game would be won by Hardy.
The Orioles hope to keep this going when they hit the road to take on the Tampa Bay Rays.