Wednesday, July 23, 2008

About Last Night; Looking Forward to Tonight

It was hot, and the ball was flying out of the Yard last night; however, despite four hits and five RBIS from Melvin Mora, the Orioles lost to the offensive barrage by the Blue Jays, 10-8.

The battle of the bottom feeders in the AL East was an ugly one as both starting pitchers -- Olson for Baltimore and Marcum for the Jays -- were nothing but awful and could not escape out of the fifth inning.

Garrett Olson looked fine as he labored through the heat, until the about fifth inning. In that fateful frame, he was stung for five runs, and he once again could not manage to get deeper into the game.

Once again, the Birds came back -- mainly, off of Mora's bat and a hot Ramon Hernandez -- however, in the seventh, Adam Lind took reliever Alberto Castillo for a three-run homer and that made all the difference.

In the end, Baltimore's inability to get their starters deep into the game and as well a bullpen that is starting to wilt because of the weight put on it contributed to last night's loss. There is only so much the offense can do; however, if the pitching cannot cooperate, there's no way the Orioles can expect to win night in and night out.

Dave Trembley can do all he wants with moving guys and strategy, but until the pitchers can do their job -- the team will struggle.

Tonight should bring some nostalgia and good feelings back the Orioles celebrate the 25th anniversary of their 1983 World Championship Team at the Yard tonight.

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