The Orioles beat the Cleveland Indians, but not without controversy by a score of 7-4. However, more importantly, the team snapped their 5 game losing streak. Some key players had big games including, Miguel Tejada and Brian both had three hits; however, Ramon Hernandez had an incredible day as he drove in 4 runs & had 2 hits, Corey Patterson drove in 2, and Miguel Tejada drove in a run as well.
Erik Bedard threw six innings and gave up four runs, but struck out eleven (!), but didn’t get the decision. Jamie Walker got the win, and the bullpen once again held check with the contributions of Chad Bradford, Danys Baez. Chris Ray got his seventh save.
The controversial moment of the game came in sixth inning; actually, it happened in the third. Well, the O’s were up 2-1 on the Indians and Ramon Hernandez seared a line drive into centerfield that Grady Sizemore dove for and caught.
Nick ‘the Stick’ Markakis was on third and looked to score off Ramon’s rocket. Miguel Tejada was on first, and Sizemore doubled him off, but Markakis has crossed the plate before he was tagged out.
However, the plate umpire did not count the run (which should have indeed been counted!)
Well, the umpires realized their screw-up, and run got added the game in the sixth inning (the run got credited in the third inning) after they conferenced, and both Sam Perlozzo along with Tom Treblehorn, the bench coach made their case.
Eric Wedge, the Cleveland would protest the game, as the change happened much later than the actual incident.
Today, Jaret Wright comes back from injury and takes the mound against Fausto Carmona.
Jeff Zrebiec has a detailed recap of the game on Saturday, as does Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
The bullpen, which has been a source of strength, has been used a lot – I mean a lot. The starting pitching must get deeper into games, or else the bullpen will be tired by May or June. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has a piece on the bullpen, and as well as Jay Gibbons.
Jay Gibbons is struggling and is 0 for his last 21. Well, Gibbons is not worrying about it and hopes to hit his way out of the slump.
The Baltimore Sun has a question for Sam Perlozzo and it dealt how he handled the losing streak.