Friday, April 11, 2008

The Streak Snapped; Loewen, Facing the Rays Next

The Orioles on Thursday got swept in a day-night doubleheader to the Texas Rangers. Their six game win streak ended, and has been replaced with a two game losing skid.

Despite the losses, the Oriole pitching came through and the strength of the team, the bullpen cost the team late in game two.

Baltimore lost to Texas, 3-1 in the first game of the double-header. Trachsel was respectable; however, he had a tough seventh inning and ended up yielding two runs.

In game two, Loewen is looking as I thought he’d be — off. From my point of view, he’s trying to find himself on the mound and seems to be kind of forcing things. At the rate he’s going, it could be a short night for the tall lefty. However, he’s managed to work himself out a few jams. Despite Jay Payton's two-run shot and Millar's game tying RBI late, Bradford was the hard luck loser as they Rangers just gained little by little off the bullpen and were able to cross the plate in the 8th.

Let's give the Baltimore Orioles credit -- they had the fight in them and really wanted to win, the chance to despite packing it in -- which was the case in quite a few games last year.

Now, they head over to Tampa to face the Rays for three. In light of the predictions for Tampa Bay this season, I don't where they'll end now considering the injuries to Kazmir and Garza; however, I can say this with my own eyes, both teams seem to be playing much better baseball than they have in the past.

Can Aubrey continue to lay the smack down on his former team? Can Guthrie send us to victory on Friday and which Daniel Cabrera will we see this series?

Stay tuned, it should be fun to watch.

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