Wiggy making most of playing time

One of the bright spots in the Orioles’ dismal offense Tuesday was Ty Wigginton, who homered twice. And before I get comments about being harsh on the bats here are some figures:

The team went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position on Tuesday night, which means they are now 10-for-63 total. With RISP and two outs they are 1-for-29 (.034). Ouch.

Now for the good stuff. Wiggy made his first start at second base this season and clubbed his first homer with a two-run shot to left in the sixth. It came on a 1-0 pitch and traveled an estimated 378 feet. He homered again in the bottom of the 10th against Rafael Soriano to close the Rays lead to 8-6.

As we all know, that was as close as it would get.

“I think when you come into the season and you don’t have an everyday role your job as a player is to go out there and make it tough on that manager not to put your name in there,” Wigginton said.  “You want to find a way for him to put you in there and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

As for the team’s struggles, Wiggy was optimistic.

“It is a long season and although we’ve been on the wrong side a lot  –and it’s not a whole lot of fun when you are on that side – but, at the same time, I think, the guys are playing hard, we’re playing good baseball. It just hasn’t worked out yet. If we keep playing this style of baseball in the end everything’s going to be good. “

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