By now, there shouldn't be any question to how much leadoff man Brian Roberts means to the Orioles. However, he's offered further proof tonight, going 3-for-3 with a solo homer.
The solo homer just came in the top of the fifth, culminating a classic 12-pitch at-bat against Indians starter Josh Tomlin. It was a 3-2 pitch that Roberts roped just inside the foul pole in right field for his second homer. During the at-bat, he fouled off eight total pitches before finding a pitch that he can drive.
It's 3-0 Orioles heading into the bottom of the fifth as Luke Scott just got thrown out at the plate trying to score from first on Adam Jones' two-out double.