Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Record Low Crowd See Orioles Lose; What Happens Now?

(AP Photo)

Last night, I had wanted to go the game; however, because of the weather and the fact I would have not have it to Camden Yards before at least the third inning, I stayed home.

Once I turned on the TV, I was stunned by the amount of green seats in proportion to actual people in them. The crowd was announced at 9,299 – the second lowest in Camden Yards’ history – but watching on TV, there could not have been more than 2,000 or so (if even that) people at the ballpark.

Seriously, did 2/3 of the ticket holders for last night's game just suddenly decide to stay home? Well, the weather sucked and the Royals were in town – but still?

Honestly, I don’t blame anyone who didn’t go to Camden Yards last night. The product isn’t good right now.

Baltimore lost again, this time to Kansas City, 4-3. The game was close and they had a chance to win it in ninth inning with the bases loaded with two outs, but Miguel Tejada hit a grounder to second to end things.

Again, the Orioles could not do much with runners in scoring position (they went 1-for-12 ) and left ten men on base. They mustered ten hits on the night – including two bunts – however, they could not jump on Royals starter Kyle Davies who won the game, nor closer Joakim Soria – who got his 10th save.

Brad Bergesen pitched fair enough, but instead took the loss. He issued a run in on a balk in the second inning, but went 6 2/3 innings on Monday. He gave up four runs on two hits.

The Orioles are 12-27 and sorely in need of some serious help offensively. Adam Jones has been better, but not producing much and finally blew a gasket last night; Nick Markakis has been hitting, alas, isn’t driving in any runs; Cesar Izturis isn’t hitting .210; of course, we know about Garrett Atkins and I could go on and on.

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