Saturday, June 18, 2011

All Kinds of Ugly in D.C. Last Night...

There was some good, but a whole lot of bad in the nation's capital for the Orioles.

As James noted earlier, the Birds got spanked by the Nationals, 8-4, and although Nick Markakis and Derrek Lee had banner nights for the Orioles.

That's wonderful as two struggling players finally themselves going -- especially Lee -- who had five hits; however, it’s what the Orioles didn’t do that left a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths.

A crowd of 35,562 - with a healthy mix of orange and black, sprinkled in with red - sat through a rain delay of under an hour before the game on Friday night. When things got started, it was one wacky game.

It seemed that the Orioles - despite pounding 18 hits and scoring only *four runs* - handed the game to the Nationals. In a sense, they buried themselves with errors, an alarming pitching performance in the bottom of the sixth inning, and a confounding inability to push runners across home plate. The Nationals would take advantage of it.

We all know aforementioned paragraph listed a litany of issues that the Orioles have had sprout up at one time or another. It was disturbing to watch on Friday.

With the score tied at four in the sixth inning, Baltimore reliever, Jeremy Accardo, walked Wilson Ramos to start the frame. He would then give up an RBI-double to Jerry Hairston that gave Washington a 5-4 lead.

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