Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Quick Hits: The Game Yesterday with Tigers and the Rundown...

Well, after the excitement of last night and both benches being fired up, many of us were hoping for the incident with Daniel Cabrera, Gary Sheffield along with Miguel Tejada and Jeremy Bonderman to simmer into Tuesday.

It didn't.

The Orioles once again lost a game, this time one that was winnable, to the Detroit Tigers by a score of 5-4.

The game was tied 3-3 in the eighth inning, until Sean Casey, who has been struggling and missed a few games due to the flu, came up with a pinch hit single that squeaked by Melvin Mora and allowed in 2 runs.

Reliever Danys Baez came in the 8th inning, gave up two runs, and took the loss.

Starter Adam Loewen pitched 5 innings, struck out 4, walked 2 and gave up 3 runs. However, he had to leave the game due to forearm pain.

Brian Roberts stole 3 bases in last night’s game. As well, Miguel Tejada had 2 hits and drove in 2 runs, Melvin Mora homered, and Roman Hernandez drove in a run.

Todd Jones got the save for the Tigers, and Joel Zumaya earned the win in relief.

This will mark the Orioles’ 9th loss in 10 games, and right now things are not going good – in fact, it’s been very lackluster. It seems that the offense is still struggling in spots and the pitching really needs to get deeper in games.

Right now, the bullpen is being used way, way too much and it being only May; therefore if the trend keeps up, there might be an injury or two and cases of tired arms.

I expected the Orioles to be around .500 as they have faced teams that are perennial contenders, but after their strong start, the fall has been pretty hard.

The offense needs to wake up, and the pitching needs to be a lot more consistent.


Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun has a recap of the game, and sadly Brian Roberts opined that “it seems that we find a way to lose every night”.

The Baltimore Examiner has more on the loss, as does the

Rick Maese touched upon a point I made earlier about the starting pitching needing to go deeper into games – he’s right. If the O’s pitching cannot go deeper into games, they will be in trouble for the season.

Peter Schmuck says it’s good that the Orioles showed some fight against the Detroit Tigers ala the Cabrera-Sheffield incident.

The Baltimore Sun asks Corey Patterson a question – this time on brawls…

Millar griped about playing time to the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore. At this point, he’s trying to patient, but considering the situation with the bench, it was to be expected (at least on my end…). There’s also a report on this very topic on the website.

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