The designated ace of the Orioles, Erik Bedard, went six innings, struck out seven and gave up three runs, but left the game with a 4-3 lead.
Too bad the Orioles could not hold onto it.
Chad Bradford came in the 8th inning, after Jamie Walker came in and got two outs, but also gave up two singles.
Then John Parrish came in.
Pinch hitter Jose Vidro drove in the tying run on a single off Parrish, and then Inchiro Suzuki to drive in another run and then Jose Lopez added the final two runs with a double.
The O’s were able to touch young phenom Felix Hernandez for 11 hits and four runs over five innings plus, but that was all scoring they were able to muster.
Red-hot Brian Roberts had 3 hits, and Nick Markakis had two hits and drove in two runs. Aubrey Huff and Melvin Mora had two hits; meanwhile Jay Payton and Ramon Hernandez drove in the other runs.
This was a game that could have been won, but the pendulum swung in favor of the Mariners after a horrible eighth inning for the Orioles.
After last night’s game, I’m sure there will be more questions about the bullpen and further questions on its effectiveness.
Roch Kubatko of the Baltimore Sun via his blog has his thoughts on last night’s game, and as well the bullpen.
Sam Perlozzo still has confidence in Chris Ray as a closer, despite the events of Sunday. There’s more on the situation from the Washington Post and the Orioles MLB site.
Jeremy Guthrie is doing quite well so far in his tenure with the Orioles, and other teams are now taking notice…
The O, By the Way Blog has his thoughts on the game last night, and also Mark Teixeira.
There might be a glimmer of hope in the minors, as Radhames Liz, a starter in Double-A Bowie, was named the Eastern League pitcher of the week for throwing a complete-game no-hitter last Friday against the Harrisburg Senators at Prince George’s Stadium.
The Orioles MLB site has their take on the upcoming 2007 First-Year Player Draft for the organization…