It seems like with the Orioles; the more things change, the more they stay the same.
The bullpen came in to hold the lead, and keep the game in order.
That did not happen last night.
Sadly, the Orioles lost to the Blue Jays 5-4 in ten innings as Danys Baez came into the game and served up yet another game winning home run, this time to Alex Rios. After the homerun, the Orioles fans let out their frustrations – with boos.
Baez was in the game because Perlozzo somehow could not get extra use out of his relievers (he used four), as
At this point, Baez should only come into the games during blowouts, or when there’s absolutely no option. Considering he’s signed with the team for another three years, perhaps send him down to the minors (if he’ll agree) and get himself straight in a low pressure environment.
Folks, he’s cost us several games this year and we’re in the point of the season where the team cannot afford to throw away any games, or it will be over by June.
By then, it may be a long, long, hot summer.
Furthermore, the bullpen has lost its effectiveness, as it cannot hold leads in games. I respect Jim Duquette for trying to rebuild the bullpen, but it is usually not a good idea to overspend for relievers.
On a positive note, Miguel Tejada hit a three run homer, his third of the year and first in well over 100 at bats. Nick Markakis drove in the other run for the Orioles.
Jeremy Guthrie was solid last night as he went seven strong innings and gave up 3 runs. It’s too bad the lead could not have been held for him to earn a win.
As well, Frank Thomas hit his 493rd homer – tying Lou Gehrig.
Next, the pesky A’s come into town and hopefully the Orioles can get themselves in gear.
Adam Loewen may come back soon, at least a lot sooner than I ever expected if the results of his test come back positive on his arm. He’s got the attitude and outlook of a bulldog, and he’s a competitor. Let’s hope he’s back soon, although if he’s not 100%, he should not rush it.
Baltimore Sun blogger Roch Kubatko has his thoughts from last night in his excellent blog, and O, By the Way by Bill Ordine has his take on the matter and other things too.