Monday, October 5, 2009

The End of the Road, But the O's Win 4th in a Row to Finish 2009...

After enduring a 13-game losing streak, the Orioles won their fourth straight game - and the penultimate one of the season - 5-4, thanks to an unbelievable 11th inning where the Orioles used two bunts aided by back-to-back errors by Toronto reliever Brandon League.

League, who was on the mound in the deciding frame, threw away two balls - one by Lou Montanez and the other by Jeff Fiorentino - to stun the crowd.

It goes without saying that the Blue Jays literally gave away the game on Sunday.

After the drama last week, and the re-hiring of Dave Trembley as manager, the Orioles started off as hot they took a 2-1 lead thanks to Nick Markakis's two-run homer (his 18th), plus he was able to cross the 100 RBI plateau.

However, the Jays got on the board first as Edwin Encarnacion homered in the first inning, and then they tied the game at two thanks to a Travis Snyder RBI-double. They upped their lead to 3-2 in the fifth inning off a Jose Bautista solo homer.

Baltimore took a 4-3 lead thanks to a two-RBI double by Justin Turner; however, the Jays' John McDonald homered to left.

Jeremy Guthrie started the game for the Orioles, and went 7 2/3 innings, but was plagued by the homer ball - again. He gave up 35 in the 2009 season, and while he's looked a lot better in the second half, overall, his year was a complete disappointment. The man works hard, and cares immensely about his work, therefore, I'm sure Guthrie will get himself in order, see where he went wrong, and try to correct the errors that led him to a 10-17 record.

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