Archive for September, 2006

Orioles Lose Close Contest, 4-3

September 30, 2006

Erik Bedard gets the loss to conclude his season with a very respectable 15-11 record.

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Bedard didn’t save his best stuff for last like Cabrera did. Bedard went just 5 innings, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks. He struck out 3 batters. I’m not worried about him, he logged alot of innings this year. We could need that experience in the future. Todd Williams, Chris Britton, and Brian Burres combined to pitch 3 innings of shut out ball to finish the game.

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8 singles and one homerun. Thats what the offense did tonight. The homerun was Kevin Millar’s 15th. The singles consisted of three by Melvin Mora, two by Miguel Tejada, and one each from Ramon Hernandez, Jay Gibbons, and David Newhan. 2 games left to go, hoping to see a few more solid performances.

Markakis watch: 0-4 (.294)

Adam Loewen (6-6, 5.30) pitches the second to last game of the season. Tim Wakefield (7-11, 4.63) goes for the Red Sox. Go O’s.

Cabrera Goes All Nine, O’s Win 7-1

September 29, 2006

Cabrera gets the win to finish the season at 9-10.

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Cabrera pitched a complete game shut out (I think…he gave up a run, but it was unearned) and flirted with a no-hitter until Robinson Cano hit a single with one out in the 9th inning. That one hit was all he would give up. He walked 2 and struck out 5 batters. Tonight, I drink to you Mr. Daniel Cabrera. Good game.

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Ramon Hernandez is having a great month. He hit 2 more homeruns last night (his 22nd and 23rd) and continues to salvage his season here in September. Nick Markakis had 2 hits including a double. Miguel Tejada also had a couple of hits. Jay Gibbons and David Newhan each had 2 hits each. Jeff Fiorentino and Brian Roberts had the others.

Markakis watch: 2-5 (.296)

Erik Bedard (15-10, 3.76) gets his last start of the year. He’ll be facing Julian Tavarez (4-4, 4.52) and the Boston Red Sox. Go O’s.

O’s Get Smashed By Division Champs, 16-5

September 29, 2006

Kris Benson takes the not-so-hard-luck loss. He finishes 11-12 for the year.

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Benson could only last 2 and 2/3rd innings before being removed from the game. He gave up 8 hits, 8 runs, a walk, and 3 homeruns in his brief time. Bruce Chen came in and opened up the flood gates even more. Chen allowed 5 hits, 5 runs, a walk, and another homerun before getting out of the inning. Sendy Rleal pitched 2 solid innings of relief before Winston Abreu came in and gave up 3 runs in an inning of work. Abreu started off hot, but now his ERA is at 10.13. Julio Manon finished it up with 2 scoreless innings. It looks like most peoples prediction of Benson before the season held true.

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Obviously it didn’t matter what the offense did, it wouldn’t be good enough to win the game. Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis had doubles. So did David Newhan, who also had a single. Melvin Mora had 3 hits. Ramon Hernandez had two. Kevin Millar, Jay Gibbons, and Chris Gomez had the other hits.

Markakis watch: 1-5 (.295)

Daniel Cabrera (8-10, 5.10) and Darrell Rasner (3-0, 3.55) pitch against one another in the next match up. Go O’s.

O’s Lose A Close One, 5-4

September 27, 2006

Rodrigo Lopez loses another one, his 18th loss.

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Lopez came in during the 4th inning after Hayden Penn injured himself. Penn pitched the first 3 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks. Lopez came in and pitched pretty similar. His line was 3 innings pitched, 2 runs, 3 hits, and 5 strikeouts. LaTroy Hawkins gave up another run the next inning on 2 hits to make the lead insurmountable. Brian Burres pitched a perfect 8th to round it out. It looked like Penn was favoring his back before being taken out of the game. Don’t expect to see too muchof Rodrigo from here on out to protect him from losing 20 games.

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The hitting had pop again last night, but they were all solo shots again. Jay Gibbons hit his 13th. Ramon Hernandez hit his 21st. And Corey Patterson hit another one for his 16th. He also had a single in the game. Kevin Millar went 4 for 4 in the game. Miguel Tejada and Jeff Fiorentino had the other hits. Nick Markakis went hitless. I need him to go on a tear in these last 5 games and finish over .300….

Markakis watch: 0-3 (.296)

Tonight, Kris Benson (11-11, 4.49) faces off against the Yankee’s young ace Chien-Ming Wang (18-6, 3.57). Go O’s.

O’s Lose Series Finale To Twins, 6-3

September 26, 2006

Adam Loewen loses to even his record at 6-6.

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Loewen wasn’t terrible and if the bullpen could have kept things the same (alot to ask for with this squad) we might have been able to pull off the victory. Loewen went 6 innings, gave up 8 hits, 4 run (3 earned), walked one, and had 8 strikeouts. Brian Burres and Todd Williams combined for a scoreless 7th. Russ Ortiz started the 8th and gave up 2 more runs, Bruce Chen got the last out of the inning for him. Julio Manon struck out the side in the 9th.

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The Orioles scored 3 runs, all on solo homeruns. Miguel Tejada led the way with two of the solo shots, his 23rd and 24th, and a walk. Corey Patterson had the other one, his 15th, and a double. Raul Chavez had a couple of hits. Chris Gomez, Nick Markakis, and Jay Gibbons had a single each. Theres 6 games left in the season, still time to evaluate for next season.

Markakis watch: 1-4 (.298)

We finish the season off with a series at New York, then a series at Boston. Tonight, Hayden Penn (0-3, 15.43) starts things off against the Yankees and Cory Lidle (11-10, 4.86). Go O’s.

O’s Stumble Against Twins, 8-5

September 24, 2006

Erik Bedard falls to 15-10 on the season.

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Bedard pitched as bad as I can remember since early June, but it wasn’t all his fault. The defense was shoddy behind him and 3 of the 6 runs he gave up were unearned. He only managed 4 and 2/3rd innings, giving up those 6 runs on 12 hits, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Russ Ortiz and LaTroy Hawkins pitched through the 7th without allowing a run. Todd Williams pitched the 8th, allowing a run on 3 hits and a walk. Rodrigo Lopez and Bruce Chen formed a tandem for the 9th, letting in the last run of the game.

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The hitting wasn’t too bad, 5 runs on 12 hits, but it wasn’t enough. Brian Roberts had 2 hits including a double. Nick Markakis had a couple of hits. So did Chris Gomez to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. Miguel Tejada hit a double. Corey Patterson had 3 hits including a triple. He also stole his 44th base of the season. Kevin Millar hit a double and Jay Gibbons had the other hit.

Markakis watch: 2-5 (.298)

Adam Loewen (6-5, 5.35) will pitch the final home game of the season for the O’s. Matt Garza (2-5, 5.40) pitches for the Twins. Go O’s.

O’s Win Again Against Playoff Contender, 7-3

September 23, 2006

Daniel Cabrera gets his 8th win.

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Cabrera pitched pretty good. He was charged with 3 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks over 6 and 2/3rd innings. He struck out 8 batters and had 2 wild pitches. It was a good effort and he deserved the win. Brian Burres pitched until the 9th and only gave up one hit. Chris Ray pitched a perfect 9th in a non save situation.

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Brian Roberts had a hell of a game, going 3 for 5 with a double and a homerun (his 10th). Nick Markakis had 2 doubles in the game. Jeff Fiorentino had one also. Melvin Mora had a couple hits. So did Jay Gibbons. Miguel Tejada had 3 more hits tonight to set a career high.

Markakis watch: 2-4 (.297)

Tomorrow Erik Bedard (15-9, 3.62) goes for his 16th win against Scott Baker (5-8, 6.33) and the Twins. Go O’s.

O’s Win On Protest Day, 4-3

September 22, 2006

Kris Benson gets the win. He evens his record at 11-11. Chris Ray gets the save, his 33rd.

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Benson pitched a great game, going 8 innings while giving up 3 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks. He left the game with a lead, and actually kept it for the win this time. He struck out 4 batters and 2 of the hits he gave up were homeruns. Chris Ray pitched a hitless 9th to earn the save. The protest seemed to be succuessful. Around 1,000 people left the game at 5:08 PM after cheering loudly for the O’s prior to walking out. They were chanting “free the birds” and “sell the team” all the way while exiting.

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Chris Gomez had another multi hit game, this time with 2 singles. Melvin Mora had a double and 2 walks. Miguel Tejada had 3 hits. Kevin Millar hit a double. Not much else, but it was enough for the win. Mora’s double was the deciding factor in the win. Good come from behind win against a team in the playoff race.

Markakis watch: 1-5 (.295)

Daniel Cabrera (7-10, 5.10) is up first in the final home series of the season. The Twins come to town and send Carlos Silva (10-13, 5.88) to the mound. Go O’s.

From One Penn To Another, O’s Lose 4-2

September 21, 2006

Rodrigo Lopez manages to get his 17th loss of the year.

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Hayden Penn started the game and pitched his best performance by far since being called up. He went 6 and 2/3rd innings, only giving up 2 runs. He also walked 2 and let up 5 hits to go with his 3 strikeouts. He pitched a good game and finally showed everyone what he is capable of. But of course he didn’t get any run support and Rodrigo Lopez came in and lost the game. Rodrigo pitched the last inning and a third for the O’s. He gave up a 2 run homer to Ty Wiggington. Can he make it 20 losses? We’ll fins out soon.

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The hitting was terrible as you might expect from the final score. Chris Gomez had a couple of hits. Jay Gibbons had a double. Corey Patterson had a double, a triple, a walk, and a stolen base to lead the way. But that was about it, besides a few singles from Miguel Tejada and Raul Chavez. Nick Markakis has been slumping this past month. I think it is due to fatigue. They only play until August in the minor leagues and this is the first time he’s played into September. Its a good learning experience for him though.

Markakis watch: 0-4 (.296)

Today is the “Free the Birds” protest organized by Nestor from WNST. We come home to face the Tigers in a make up game. Kris Benson (10-11, 4.54) goes up against Nate Robertson (13-12, 3.68). Go O’s.

O’s Hold Off Rays For Win, 5-4

September 20, 2006

Adam Loewen is rewarded with his 6th win of the season. Chris Britton gets his first save.

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Adam Loewen: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

The bullpen pitched a combined 3 innings of scoreless baseball. James Hoey, Todd Williams, Brian Burres, LaTroy Hawkins, and Chris Britton were the pitchers, with Britton finishing it off for the save.

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Brian Roberts had 2 hits. Miguel Tejada had 2 hits, including a double. Jay Gibbons also had a double as part of his 4 hits. Ramon Hernandez had 2 more hits including a double of his own.

Markakis watch: 1-5 (.299)

This afternoon Hayden Penn (0-3, 27.00) gives it another go as the Orioles go for the sweep. He’ll be facing Jae Seo (3-10, 4.98). Go O’s.