Well, last night the Orioles lost to the Boston Red Sox 6-1 at the Yard. For the first seven innings, a real competitive game took place as Daniel Cabrera was on the hill for the Orioles and Curt ‘38 Pitches’ Schilling.
Cabrera pitched well, as he struck out 5, but also walked 5 and went 6 2/3 innings. His only run was given up to Alex Cora, of all hitters.
However, Schilling pitched 7 innings, walked two and struck out 3.
The turning point in the game came when Daniel Cabrera was yanked after walking a batter to load the bases in the top of the seventh inning. Jamie Walker, the main left-handed specialist in the bullpen faced the ever-tough David Ortiz in a classic pitcher vs-batter battle, and Ortiz kept fouling pitch after pitch off.
The count got to three balls and two strikes, so with the shift on for Ortiz, he went the other way and dumped the ball into left field, driving in a run and making the score 2-1.
Afterwards, Manny Ramirez drove in another run off Chad Bradford who came in relief of
Thereafter, call-up James Johnson pitched the ninth inning and gave up 2 runs, thus racking up the score to 6-1.
For perhaps the first time season, the bullpen did not keep the Orioles in the game.
The O’s offense was dead last night, with the exception of Miguel Tejada’s second homer.
Hopefully we can come back and hit pay-dirt against Josh Beckett, no easy customer.
Before I go into the news, a special thanks needs to be given to Tony Pente of Orioles Hangout for setting up a game where fans and forum members of the site could meet, congregate and root for the Orioles. I almost never sit in the upper deck, but it was cool to meet up with other fervent O’s fans, especially in a place that was surrounded by Red Sox fans!
The site is offering “Take Back the Yard” nights with games specifically earmarked for the Yankees and Red Sox, plus one game with the Cleveland Indians (details are on the site).
So, I missed the first 6 innings due to work & the radio show; however, it was very cool to hang with some real Orioles fans that evoke a passion not seen in the Yard these days! I met some wonderful people, had great conversation and put names with faces.
If you don’t check out Orioles Hangout – do so, it’s the premier site for Orioles fans.
As well, Spencer Fordin has a recap of last night’s game.
On that note, The Baltimore Examiner reports that Jaret Wright may be ready to go on Sunday.
The Sun has a question for Brian Roberts, this time about what his favorite activity in