O’s Come Up Short In Comeback Attempt; 7-6

Brian Bass got the loss, his 2nd.

That was a very gutsy attempt by the O’s last night. We took an early 1-0 lead on Brian Roberts 24th double of the season to lead off the game, which was followed by a wild pitch to advance Roberts to third, and a Nick Markakis sacrifice fly. That Roberts double was the only hit we would record until the 8th inning. At that point we were trailing 6-1 and it didn’t look good. Matt Wieters led off the inning by hitting his 2nd homerun, another opposite field shot from the left handed side. Robert Andino and Oscar Salazar had back to back singles, but Roberts would hit into a double play. Fortunately, Andino was able to take third on Salazar’s single, so he scored on the double play to make it 6-3. Heading into the 9th, the Marlins brought their closer in. Adam Jones and Aubrey Huff both went down quickly, so we were down to our last out. 5 consecutive singles by Melvin Mora, Luke Scott, Wieters, Ty Wiggington, and Salazar tied the game up, but Roberts grounded out to end the inning. In the top of the 11th the O’s had a chance to take the lead after Gregg Zaun walked, and Wiggington hit another single. Zaun went to third, but Wiggy inexplicatly tried to stretch it to a double and was thrown out easily. That left a runner on third with 2 outs and the pitcher up next. Rich Hill pinch hit for Jim Johnson and put the ball in play, but it was caught by the left fielder.

Koji Uehara had a nice start, although he showed more evidence that he should end up in the bullpen at some point. He cruised through the first 4 innings before finding some trouble in the 5th. Dan Uggla homered to lead off the inning, and two singles followed. Fortunately Koji was able to stop the damage there by getting a force out at third and a double play. He would end up going 6 innings only giving up that one run. Danys Baez came in for the 7th and got lit up for 5 runs. A grand slam by Hanley Ramirez capped it off. To be fair, he might’ve gotten out of the inning if it wasn’t for a mental mistake from Andino. He had a chance for a double play, but missed 2nd base with his foot and couldn’t get the out at first either. Jim Johnson pitched 2 scoreless innings before being pinch hit for. Then Brian Bass came in. His first inning went smoothly, but he walked the leadoff batter in the 12th, then threw a wild pitch to advance him. Ramirez was intentionally walked, then Jorge Cantu singled to score the game winning run. Zaun had a chance to tag him out but he dropped the ball.

Player of the game: Koji Uehara (6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 K (4.05 ERA))

Tonight its Jason Berken (1-3, 6.84) against Ricky Nolasco (3-6, 7.15) in game 2.


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