Sunday, July 10, 2011

Orioles Lose Six in a Row; Lackey and the Sox Have Their Way With The Birds...

It’s been a drag watching the Orioles as of late. They lost their sixth in a row on Saturday in Boston, losing to the Red Sox, 4-0.

The Orioles made the struggling John Lackey look amazing and once again struggled offensively – again. They had four hits on the night, went 0-4for-4 with men in scoring position, and only got seven men on base.

Not good.

Alfredo Simon struggled from the onset, but kept his team in the game until the Red Sox busted it open in the fifth inning, scoring three times. He had obviously tired, as Saturday’s start was his first of the year after working in the bullpen.

The bean-ball played a role in last night’s game as Lackey hit two Orioles – Derek Lee and Nick Markakis.

One would think after the tussle last night between the teams, the umpires would be on high alert.

But, oh no. Only after the second hit batter for the Orioles did the umpires issue a warning to both dugouts.

As Buck Showalter said in his post-game chat (and I’m paraphrasing), if Simon hit two guys, he would have been ejected.

So true.

The pent-up anger and energy the Orioles had on Friday in their dust-up with the Red Sox, didn’t exactly translate on Saturday. Then again, with the talent level on the Birds right now, it would have been hard.

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