Once again, an Oriole pitcher struggled and was inconsistent; therefore, the offense had to dig out themsleves of a hole for a chance to win. They could not.
The Orioles came within a run of tying the game as they scored two runs with a Nick Markakis and off an error from Mariners' third-baseman Chone Figgins in the eighth inning.
Baltimore has another golden chance to perhaps tie the game at the very end. They had a runner on base in the ninth inning off reliever Brandon League; however, Robert Andino grounded into a double play to end the game. Mark Reynolds would homer in the third inning. Once again, the offense suffered with men in scoring position, as they were 1-for-10.
The Mariners’ Doug Fister got the win on the mound.
As it is, the Orioles are defeating teams they need to; however, they have problems with some of the better teams and staffs with outstanding pitching – which Seattle and Oakland match the criteria.
In addition, Adam Jones did not start today, but came in as a pinch-runner (for Vladmire Guerrero).
If there were positives out of today’s game, Felix Pie had two hits, pitcher Alfredo Simon threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings to keep Baltimore in the game and Pedro Viola did not give up a run in 1 2/3.
After today’s loss, the Orioles have fallen to 24-28 on the season. The Orioles have improved markedly from last season; however, they are one streaky team.