The Orioles hit the ball very hard in the first inning against St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Todd Wellemeyer. Adam Jones singled to center and moved up on an error by center fielder Rick Ankiel. Ty Wigginton hammered a double into the gap for the first run and Luke Scott tripled over the head of Ankiel to score Wigginton.
Mark Hendrickson, with a place in the starting rotation possibly hanging in the balance, is also getting hit around in the first. He just gave up a one-out double to Joe Mather, a two-out, RBI double to Ryan Ludwick and a game-tying single to Khalil Greene. The Mather and Greene hits were bouncers through the infield, but Ludwick smoked a line drive into the gap in left.