Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Orioles Losing Skid Reaches Four in a Row. The Trip Isn't Going So Well...

Once again, an Oriole pitcher struggledOriole 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 lost to Seattle this afternoon, 4-3this afternoon, 4-3, to start off their three-game seriesthree-game series. They have now lost four in a row.

Not good.

Baltimore’s Arrieta struggled on the mound and lasted only 2 1/3 innings on Sundayonly 2 1/3 innings  on Sunday. He gave up two runs in the first and second innings, which was enough for Seattleenough for Seattle.

The Orioles came within a run of tying the game ascame 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 moundgot 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 scorelessAlfredo 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.

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