Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Quick Hits - The Game Yesterday and O's Stuffage...

I am just watching the replay of this game now (well, I know we lost, however a game like this one that really hurts). I didn’t go to the game, nor watch it at work, but I caught a little of what was said online at the various forums, and almost everyone universally slammed the play of the team, especially the infield.

The O’s lost by a score of 4-2.

This is a game that should not have been lost. The Orioles beat themselves today by miscues, bad play and mental mistakes.

More or less, Guthrie should not have lost the game, and Melvin Mora’s error allowed a run to come in, and then another scored off a sacrifice fly.

Jeremy Guthrie was impressive, and with Jaret Wright possibly back next week or so, he left an impression on those who witnessed his pitching performance.

The O’s scored in the second as Jay Payton drove in Aubrey Huff (after he tripled), and once again in the seventh thanks to a RBI by Huff.

The A’s scored 2 more runs in the sixth inning (should not have happened), as John Parrish was pitching in a bases loaded situation and a ball was hit to second off the bat of Jason Kendall.

The ball approached Brian Roberts and he flipped the ball towards second to get the force out.

The only problem was that Miguel Tejada was not covering second base.

A run came in off that play, and another scored thanks to a walk by John Parrish.

There was no comeback today, and Huston Street got the save.

The starting pitcher for the A’s, minor league callup, Dallas Braden pitched six innings and struck out six. He won his first major league game.

Well, a nice start for a young pitcher.

On that note, Miguel Tejada played in his 1,100th straight game, the seventh longest in baseball history.

Well, the Orioles just need to lick their wounds, forget about today and play good fundamental baseball from here on out. The Red Sox are coming to town, and they are always tough customers with Curt Schilling and Josh Beckett taking the hill against us.

The town will be painted in red and blue for the next few days, as Boston fans make their pilgrimage into the Yard.

If we can play like we did until Monday against the Red Sox, we can definitely split, or win the series, or at least make things interesting. With a lineup with David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, and a cast of seven others, it’s a tall order.


The Washington Post has a recap of the action from Tuesday afternoon, as does the Baltimore Sun.

Roch Kubatko has his thoughts and tidbits from the game.

According to Alexander Pyles of the Sun, both Jaret Wright and Ramon Hernandez felt okay in their rehab starts. Ramon felt tiny discomfort, while Jaret was pain free.

Ramon may be back on Friday to join the team in Cleveland, and Jaret Wright might be back during the weekend.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun has a great article on the Orioles and their international scouting situation, in which they have no involvement in Asia and as of right now, the Orioles lag far, far behind.


Well, “the bunt”, by Melvin Mora is still news in Oriole-land today as all the various blogs, newspapers and forums had their say about it.

Spencer Fordin reports that Melvin Mora (when he addressed the media) he tried to catch the A’s off guard in the 9th inning, and it was pretty much his decision.


Baltimore Orioles right-hander Scott Williamson was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday because of tightness in his right triceps tendon, reports the Baltimore Examiner.

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