Thursday, May 19, 2011

A Frustrating Night at the Yard and Gonzo

What a frustrating night on WednesdayWhat a frustrating night on Wednesday. There's not much more to be said as to what happened at Camden Yards.what happened at Camden Yards. As we all know, the OriolesOrioles lost to the New York Yankees, 4-1, in 15 inningsNew York Yankees, 4-1, in 15 innings. They are now 19-22 on the year.

I went to the game last night from work and stayed there until the end of the 12th inning. Really, I would have loved to have stayed, but could not. In the end, I am glad I didn't.

The game was absolutely confounding to watch as the Yankees came back to win it as Robinson Cano plated in two runs with a double, breaking a 1-1 tie off Oriole reliever Mike Gonzalez breaking a 1-1 tie off Oriole reliever Mike Gonzalez. A few minutes later, Gonzalez drilled Yankee Chris DickersonYankee Chris Dickerson in the helmet and was ejected. Gonzalez got a crazy, quick hook and honestly, the beaning was not intentional -- all of us Oriole fans know that Gonzalez has been wild during his tenure in Baltimore.

The Orioles managed to get two runners on base in the bottom of the 15th inning; however, Brandon Snyder - who was pinch-running for Vladmir Guerrero - perhaps inadvertently killed the momentum as he got knicked in the foot while trying to run to second off Matt Wieters' drive to right field. That would have been a base hit and at least loaded the bases, plus given the Orioles a chance to come back - again.

Right now, I really don't know what to think of Gonzalez. I feel bad for the guy. Hopefully, he can figure things out, but as it is, maybe he might need to be sent on his way. Last night, the man simply imploded and that cannot happen in that situation. He's just been way too inconsistent over the past two years and who knows if he can ever get his career back on track.

Jeremy Accardo (2-1), who started off the frame by allowing two runners to reach base took the loss; meanwhile, Hector Noesi (1-0), in his major league debut, got the victory, going four shutout innings.

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