Tuesday, May 8, 2007

The Game Yesterday: Indians vs. Orioles - Quick Hits & the Rundown, Condensed Video...

It looks like the Baltimore Orioles are once again in a deep funk.

Well, the Orioles were handily beat by the Cleveland Indians late in the game by a score of 10-1.

Steve Trachsel, perhaps the most surprising pitcher in the rotation, threw six strong innings before leaving due to tightness in his arm, as he got hit by a Travis Hafner line drive in the 1st inning.

The Orioles once again suffered from a lackluster offense, and the bullpen that has been so highly touted lost the game for Steve Trachsel and put it out of reach.

The starting pitcher, Fausto Carmona, had the Orioles’ number last weekend, and had it on Monday, as he threw seven great innings. He only allowed one run, which was unearned.

The score was tied 1-1 in the 7th, and Chad Braford came and gave up 2 runs, and thereafter John Parrish came in and gave up another 2 runs.

In the eighth inning, Jamie Walker came in to hold the game, and he was ineffective as he gave up 3 hits, walked one; therefore, served up a grand slam home run to Travis Hafner.

In the ninth inning, Todd Williams gave up yet another home run, this time to Jhonny Peralta.

Trot Nixon has completely destroyed the Orioles the past 2 games, as he had 5 hits on Sunday, and yesterday he had 3 hits and drove in 2 runs. Grady Sizemore had 2 RBI, and Victor Martinez also added an RBI.

The only run for the Orioles came via a Jay Payton RBI in the 4th inning.

We have Tampa Bay in town for the next three days, and then we are onto Boston.


Comment of the day: “"I am kind of glad we are not in New York, or otherwise there would be some serious panic going on," said the pitcher who has been the victim of anemic offensive support this season.” – Steve Trachsel on the loss yesterday via the ‘O, by the Way’ blog…

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun has a recap of the game yesterday, Spencer Fordin of the orioles.com, as does the Baltimore Examiner.

The orioles.com has a mailbag with beat reporter Spencer Fordin.

Jay Gibbons is on the bench as a reserve player at the moment. From what I have seen from him this season, he might actually need to go to the minors to work on some things. He just looks lost and over-matched at the plate.

Adam Kilgore has more on the Jay Gibbons issue, and also reports that Orioles called up John Leicester from Class AAA Norfolk, sending down Kurt Birkins.

Peter Schmuck has an article in today’s Baltimore Sun where he opines that the Roger Clemens signing just shows that the Orioles are at a great disadvantage when it comes to the free agent market; sadly, due to economics.

This is more than an economic case; the Orioles need to be much smarter in player development, drafting and hope MASN pays great dividends.

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