Saturday, April 24, 2010

Bullpen Blows it in the 8th; Orioles Fall to 2-15 With Loss to Red Sox

The Orioles fell to 2-15 on Friday night as they lost the opening contest of a three game set to the Red Sox, 4-3.

Once again, the Orioles could not score with runners is scoring position, the defense was once again shaky - Miguel Tejada had two errors, and the bullpen inexplicably could not get the job done. You want to know why Baltimore lost -- they left twelve on base and were 1-for-12 with men in scoring position.

Baltimore trailed 3-0 in the game, but the offense finally put something together to tie the at game three in Boston in the top of the eighth inning. However, in the bottom of the eighth, the Orioles managed to load the bases with two walks and a single before the damage was done. In that frame, Matt Albers got into a bit of trouble and Will Ohman could not throw a strike at all.

Then reliever Jim Johnson came into the game.

He walked Adrian Beltre for the winning run and the Orioles could not come back in the ninth inning. They had a runner at second bases, but Julio Lugo struck out to end the game. But then again, the Orioles could have done more in the frame, but Nick Markakis had an opposite field single off the Green Monster, but got nailed trying to stretch his hit to a double. If all had gone well, the Orioles could had perhaps had Nick Markakis as the tying run.

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