Oriole Magic almost came through on the left coast; however, with the game tied in the ninth, closer George Sherrill in trying to keep the game tied -- imploded.
After loading up the bases, he walked home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth and the Angels snuck by the Orioles, 6-5. After a poor start by Dennis Sarfate (who is assuredly more comfortable in a relief role), it looked like the game was going to get out of hand in fourth inning as Randor Beird hit Torii Hunter with the bases loaded to drive in the Angels' fifth run.
Despite being down, the Oriole bullpen held things as they were thanks to four innings of scoreless ball. In the ninth inning, Baltimore roared back in the game with four runs -- all off stud reliever Francisco Rodriguez, and greatly assisted by a key error from Mark Teixiera.
With all being said, the Orioles are now 53-58, and let a game get by them in which they valiantly fought to come back from. Meanwhile, it looks like Adam Jones might be headed to the disabled list (the team is very smart in doing this) and they are bringing up big slugger Luis "Lou" Montanez from Bowie, and Brandon Fahey was sent back to the minors.
As well, another fireballer from Norfolk, Chris Waters, will be making his major league debut tonight out in California.
Waters, 27, was 8-6 with a 4.65 ERA in 24 games at Double-A Bowie and Norfolk this season. He went 3-1 with a 3.60 ERA in six starts for the Tides in July.It will be interesting to see how he does, and might be up just as a reinforcement until the pitching situation becomes clearer.
Fahey, 27, hit .241 with five runs and 11 RBIs in 33 games with the Orioles.
At this point, we might as see what we have at the lower levels and see if one of them could be a viable part of the major league roster for a rebuilding Oriole squad.