If there's one thing you can say about the Baltimore Orioles, it is that they fight and try to remain in every game. Although their record may not indicate how good they are, the orange and black are surely better than last year and not certainly not an easy team to defeat any more.
The Orioles surged back to have the game tied in the 9th inning, 6-6, but the Yankees won lost night thanks to a run that scored off a fielder's choice. However, once again, the bullpen perhaps blew this game due to a hit bat batter (Cabrera) in the 9th, and Jeter's tapper to win the game.
The Yankees won the first game in the series, 7-6.
However, the Orioles did come back in the final frame and cause Mariano Rivera to blow a save. If there's any solace one could take out of the loss, it is the Orioles nearly took the hottest team in all of the land to the brink.
Jeremy Guthrie was off again, and you have to wonder is he wilting, tiring or just not hitting his spots?
Guthrie did not even pitch five innings, and got charged with six earned runs.
The red hot Yankees went on the attack against the Orioles as Bobby Abreu, Wilson Betemit, and Jason Giambi homered off Oriole pitching.
The Orioles has a big three-run first inning, but the lead could not be held.
The two teams play on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Meanwhile, it looks like the Orioles and Matt Wieters are not close to signing to a contract and with two days left, that is not good news.
Bill Ordine's, O, By the Way blog, has thoughts on last night's game...
J.R. House was called up from the minors, so finally we'll get to see what he can do at the highest level. There's more news from the Examiner about the callup.
Jay Payton was given a rest last night, and his slump has continued...
Sean Welsh has an interesting piece on Daniel Cabrera. As noted, time and time again, he's got to get his head in gear and he could potentially be one of the best starters in the game.
OriolesREACH is looking to become a big thing for community service as it relates to the Baltimore Orioles...
As mentioned last week, Cal Ripken was named a goodwill ambassador by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday.
Baseball is now firmly entrenched in the Washington-Baltimore area, and the Examiner takes a look at both Peter Angelos, owner of the Orioles and Ted Lerner, owner of the Nationals.