The Baltimore Orioles started off the second half of the season much like the first -- with a loss. Detroit, which started off the season in a horrendous fashion have come back to join the dance in the American League Central. And last night, Baltimore saw first hand how potent the Tiger offense can be.
The roaring Tigers rolled into Charm City and downed the Orioles, 6-5, last night at the Yard.
Baltimore had their chances; alas, they made umpteen errors on the base paths (including Markakis' blunder, and Mora being nailed at home) despite 14 hits.
We didn't give up as a ninth inning rally was started and the Orioles scored a lone run off closer Todd Jones, but could not finish the task.
At least they didn't quit.
Garrett Olson looked shaky, as he gave up five runs in six innings of work and the Tigers jumped on him for four home runs; meanwhile, Detroit's Kenny Rogers, didn't look that great -- however, he earned the win.
With the two men, it was experience versus youth and this time, experience won out, as the young pitcher who wasn't on his game got shelled; meanwhile, the crafty veteran used his bag of tricks and a lot of luck to get himself of trouble. At this point, the young pitchers on the squad are going to have to learn how to hunker down and get themselves out of trouble, much like Rogers had to do.
At this point, all we have to do is be patient and hope the Oriole coaching staff can get these guys to focus at the task at hand -- one batter at a time.
Well, if some of you will be in the area on Sunday it might be worth getting an Orioles ticket.
The "We Win, You Win" promotion is back, and this time around, if the Orioles win -- all fans in attendance at the 1:35p.m. game will get two complimentary tickets in the same seating category to any future nonprime game if Baltimore wins. I know many of us have had issues with the PR department, but give them credit -- they are trying to get people back into the park and rally around the team.
Baltimore would be in great shape if they simply just held a .500 record on the day of the Sabbath as they have 13 straight losses on that day.
Lord knows what will happen next if the Orioles lose yet on another Sunday.
Oriole Magic's James Baker looks at what the summer holds for Baltimore, & the team is still dealing with injuries -- mainly to Loewen, Albers and Cintron (who may be back shortly). Spencer Fordin looks back on his first half, and Sun beat reporter Jeff Zrebeic grades the team so far.
Meanwhile, the Orioles feel revived and ready to take on all comers...