Friday, June 12, 2009

O's Lose Last Night to Mariners; Uehara, Wieters & Attendance

A couple of weeks ago, most fans were on a wave of excitement as the Orioles were hot, Luke Scott was hitting homers like there was no tomorrow, and the kids from Norfolk were going to be all right. However, after starting play on the West Coast and coming home, the Orioles have struggled to score runs, and the affliction caught up with them again as former Oriole Garrett Olson and resurgent bat of Russell Branyan led Seattle over Baltimore, 6-3.

Koji Uehara -- who just came off the disabled list and started the game for Baltimore -- was solid for the first two innings; however, after a rain delay of a little less than half an hour, everything changed. He would give up three runs in the third inning, and another in the fifth to take the loss on the night.

Meanwhile, Olson, the young southpaw who was dealt in the offseason, looked like the pitcher who got exiled from Baltimore early as he gave up two runs -- off a Luke Scott two-run homer (his 14th) -- to put them up 2-0. It looked for sure that Olson was going to struggle, but after the delay -- unlike Uehara -- he was effective and looked in control as he gave up two runs in his five innings of work for the win.

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