Saturday, May 5, 2007

Quick Hits: The Game Last Night, Condensed Video & Adam Loewen

Well, the Orioles for one day can feel good about themselves! Anyhow, after a prolonged losing streak, the team finally hit pay dirt as Nick Markakis singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, giving the Orioles a 3-2 a dramatic comeback victory over the Indians.

The Orioles offense was once again pretty lackluster, but things came together at the right time.

The starter for the Orioles, Erik Bedard, went 6 innings, struck out 4, and had a rough 5th inning where he gave up a two-run homer to David Dellucci.

Bedard has been a fighter all this year on the mound, but he has given up 7 home runs already which would be a cause for concern for me; however, I gather he’ll get himself together.

Paul Byrd, starter for the Indians, pitched a valiant 6 2/3 innings, but got the no-decision.

Chad Bradford and John Parrish held the game in check for the Orioles, and Chris Ray pitched 2 innings for the win.

Nick Markakis drove in 2 runs for the Orioles, including the walk-off hit, as did Jay Payton who homered off Paul Byrd in the 3rd inning.

The crowd left happy last night as the losing streak was halted for a day…

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun has a recap of the game, as does the Baltimore Examiner and the Washington Post.


In light of the win yesterday came some bad news.

Last night before the game, the Orioles held a press conference, and starting pitcher Adam Loewen has a stress fracture in his elbow, and will be out for up to 2 months.

To replace Adam on the roster, the O's called up reliever Todd Williams from AAA Norfolk.

It’s too bad for him obviously, as he is one of the team’s young guns and hope for the future.

Keep in mind, he’s young and should bounce back.

Team officials noted that surgery is a "potential option," but Loewen will be out at least eight weeks even if he doesn't choose to undergo a corrective procedure.

"This is definitely a step back for me," Loewen said. "It's frustrating to hear that when I worked so hard in the offseason. I thought I made huge strides, but it's not the end of the world. I'm 23, and I think the future's going to be bright."

Great attitude, Adam. I’m hoping you come back sooner rather than later.

The Orioles will be impacted in a major way due to his injury. It will be determined if his injury will a long lasting effect on the season, but we are heading into unknown.

With Jaret Wright, Kris Benson and Adam Loewen on the DL, 3/5 of the original slotted starting rotation is on the shelf, and could the season be lost?

Only time will tell.

Roch Kubatko of the Baltimore Sun has more on the Loewen injury, & Peter Schmuck believes that the Orioles will be severely impacted

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post notes that Adam Loewen will miss most of the season now…

On that note, long reliever Brian Burres is expected to start Sunday in place of Adam Loewen.

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