Sunday, May 23, 2010

Bullpen falters again, Nats squeek by O's

The Orioles bullpen was unable to hold down a lead again as the Orioles fell to the Washington Nationals 7-6. The birds took a 6-3 lead going into the sixth inning at Nationals Park thanks to two two-run homers from Ty Wigginton and Adam Jones. Wigginton's homer was a outright blast into the left-field seats while Jones' homer was a bit more exciting.

Jones, who hit a long two-run homer on Friday, smacked a line drive to almost straight away center-field. Nats' center-fielder Nyjer Morgan was tracking the ball, he jumped against the wall and the ball hit his glove and trickled away. But Morgan did not see the ball fall and, assuming he had just helped the ball go over the wall, had an ill-advised temper tantrum on the field. Morgan chucked his hat and glove to the ground as he strolled away from the ball that was still lying on the warning track. Josh Willingham ran over to pick it up and get it back to the bases. Meanwhile, Adam Jones did exactly what you are supposed to do, he kept running. Jones rounded third as the throw from the cutoff man was a bit offline and Jones slid into home with his first career inside-the-park homerun.

You could see how excited Jones was when he slid home yesterday it appears he is finally breaking out. The last seven days Jones is batting .318/.338/.636/.984 with two homeruns and five RBI.

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