As I sit down and look out the window on a gloomy Saturday with the rain coming down, and the wind whipping through the sky, I ask myself what the hell did I see last night in person at the Yard?
The Orioles seemed in the game, down by a run — that is, until the eighth inning — thus, little did I know how my fandom would be tested.
While sitting in a intermittent rainstorm and wondering how bad conditions would be on Saturday, the Orioles perhaps had one of their worst innings that I think I have seen in person, much less in baseball — ever.
Some teams have given up more runs throughout the course of an inning; however, how can a team walk in four runs in a frame? To add insult to injury, the pinch-runner who came in the beginning of the inning hit a grand slam home run and it served as the only hit in the frame. In the end, the Oakland A’s were handed a win 11-2, because the Oriole relief staff had severe problems even just finding the strike zone in the fatal frame in the eighth.
Last night was embarrassing, and perhaps served as probably the first time that I have left early because I was disheartened by what I saw. If there’s one thing I know, we need pitching — at this point, and into 2009 — a lot of it.
Furthermore, I feel for Dave Trembley, as to have something like this — ok, it was not nearly as bad as the 30-3 game — take place on a day where your option was picked up on your contract is just galling…
Oakland A’s vs. Baltimore Orioles; Sept. 6th, 2008
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