Wieters goes hitless in big league debut
Catcher shows quickness on bunt play in first inning
BALTIMORE -- The first cheers came at 7:01 p.m. ET, moments after Matt Wieters exited the dugout and began walking toward the bullpen to warm up starter Brad Bergesen. They continued when his name was shown on the scoreboard during introductions and fans stood at attention when the Orioles took the field for the national anthem.
And then, finally, there was nothing left to do but let Wieters play ball. Baltimore's highest profile prospect in two decades had finally arrived intact, running through the media gauntlet and taking his rightful place on the field. Wieters, catching and batting seventh, stole the crowd's heart just by being safe at home.
7:28: Orioles fans unleash a mighty "O" during the final strains of the national anthem.
7:31: Wieters makes his first play on the first pitch, a forceout on a bunt by leadoff man Josh Anderson.
7:39: A shirtless group with WIETERS painted on their chests becomes visible in the left-field upper deck.
7:44: Wieters throws a warmup toss into center field right before the second inning starts.
7:51: Wieters appears in the on-deck circle for the first time and takes a few practice cuts.
7:52: Batting righty in a scoreless game, Wieters gets a standing ovation as he steps into the batter's box. The crowd stood for the duration of his at-bat. Wieters fouled the first pitch back, then took one and swung through another. Wieters made contact on the 1-2 pitch, lining out to Detroit right fielder Clete Thomas. Melvin Mora tried to tag up from second, but got thrown out at third on the play.
8:10: Nick Markakis, another homegrown player, singles to give the Orioles the first lead of the game, 1-0.
8:16: Luke Scott hits a grand slam right in front of Wieters, giving Baltimore a 5-0 lead. Scott has now hit four home runs in the first three games since returning from the disabled list.
8:17: Wieters takes the first pitch and swings through the second. A chant of "Let's Go Wieters" filters through the stadium, but the rookie grounds right back to the box. Dontrelle Willis makes a nice play and throws him out.
8:46: Scott homers again to give the Orioles a 7-0 lead and bring Wieters up for the third time.
8:47: Wieters takes two pitches and then grounds out to third base, an easy play for Brandon Inge.
8:52: The Wave, not often seen at Camden Yards this season, begins to trickle around the park.
9:26: Wieters watches a 2-2 pitch and gets rung up for the first looking strikeout of his career.
9:38: Bergesen gets a wild ovation when he leaves the game in the top of the ninth inning.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.