The Tribe.

"Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta looks on during the third inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, July 17, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Cleveland Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner runs toward home plate after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, July 17, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Cleveland Indians first baseman Matt LaPorta dives for a foul ball in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, July 17, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Cleveland Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore looks toward home plate in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Friday, July 15, 2011 in Baltimore."

Here are some of my impressions of the Cleveland Indians, who were in Baltimore for a four game series last week. 

Orioles’ Nick Markakis records 1000th career hit

"Baltimore Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis singles to left field in the third inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Friday, July 15, 2011 in Baltimore. The hit was the thousandth of his career."

The night before I shot this, a Major League Baseball game ball authenticator sitting next to me near the Orioles’ dugout pointed out that the next hit recorded by Nick Markakis would be the thousandth of his career. 

So here it is – number 1,000. 

Baltimore Orioles Photography: Friday, July 15, 2011 vs. Cleveland Indians

"Baltimore Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run in the second inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Friday, July 15, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters throws to first base in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Friday, July 15, 2011 in Baltimore."

The Orioles weren’t able to rally to win this one. Here is the box score.

Friday night games are always fun. Bigger crowds bring more energy and, usually, more excitement to the games. As a shooter, I certainly feed off more crowd involvement. It makes me wonder what it’s like to have that day in and day out for 81 plus games a season. 

Some nice light fell on the Orioles’ dugout early in the game, which comes through nicely in this image of Nolan Reimold. I had to post this frame of Matt Wieters as well just because it’s so similar to the shot I made in 2009, which is still used on all kinds of Orioles advertising and promotions. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned:” Eating sunflower seeds while shooting is a great idea. 

Baltimore Orioles Photography: Thursday, July 14, 2011 vs. Cleveland Indians

"Baltimore Orioles first baseman Derrek Lee dives for a ground ball in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, July 14, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones catches a fly ball in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, July 14, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles pitcher Mike Gonzales falls as he throws to first base in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, July 14, 2011 in Baltimore."

Back at it last night for the start of a long post All-Star break homestand. The Orioles started it off with a loss to the Indians. 

There wasn’t much action to shoot throughout this game, but I did manage to make a few good frames. I also used my own Canon 7D as my primary camera last night. That’s what happens when you forget to bring your other camera’s charger up from the pit and it sits outside for two weeks. The Mark II’s batteries were dead, and water-logged chargers don’t work so well, so I’ve switched temporarily to my own body until our new charger arrives. 

It’s funny how my 7D seems so slow after using the Mark II so much. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned:” Don’t forget your gear on the field!