Saturday, June 26, 2010

Orioles Win Improbable Game Against Nationals

It was another go-around in the annual ‘Battle of the Beltways’ interleague series; however, on Friday both the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals would play game that would be remembered for a while by their respective fan bases in a crazy, thrilling 3-hour, 53 minute marathon with 43,484 in attendance.

Only one team would win and in the end, the defense of the Nationals would undo a thrilling game and the Baltimore Orioles would come back from six runs down and earn a 7-6 victory in the bottom of the ninth inning as Jake Fox scored the winning run.

Errors – four in total – doomed the Nationals and the final one was fatal on the night.

With the game tied at six with one out in the ninth inning, Baltimore had runners at first and second base. Julio Lugo – who played second base for the Orioles on the evening – grounded out to shortstop Ian Desmond, who then flipped the ball to Cristian Guzman to start the double play hopefully end the frame.

Guzman’s throw to short would end up short to first base and the ball would sneak under first baseman Adam Dunn’s glove for a devastating error. That would allow Fox to score and send Baltimore (by far the worst team in baseball) to only their 21st win in 73 games.

Perhaps Washington manager Jim Riggleman did Baltimore a favor by leaving reliever Tyler Clippard in the game way too long.

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