O’s Lose Sloppy Game 5-2

Jason Berken was given the loss, his 4th.

That was a tough game to watch. Where are the fundamentals? Trembley preaches solid fundamentals, yet we make more basic mental mistakes than any team I’ve ever seen. In the first inning, we get the first two batters on base with back to back singles. So Trembley tries a double steal and Felix Pie gets thrown out at second. We end up not scoring any runs. In the 7th inning Emilio Bonafacio gets a single, then attempts to steal second. Matt Wieters threw the ball into the outfield, so Bonafacio goes to third – but doesn’t stop there and scores because Pie inexplicably holds on to the ball before lazily throwing it in back to the infield. A Melvin Mora throwing error also led to two runs in the first inning. Berken didn’t pitch bad. He had a little bad luck and probably would’ve gone at least one more inning if he didn’t get pinch hit for in the 6th. Mark Hendrickson gave up 3 hits but no runs in one inning, while Matt Albers gave up two runs in two innings.

All seven of the Orioles hits came from four players. Our only runs came in the 6th inning when Brian Roberts hit his 25th double with one out. Pie grounded out for the second, then Nick Markakis reached on a throwing error allowing Roberts to score. Aubrey Huff would walk before Mora hit an RBI single. Mora and Roberts both had two hits, as did Felix Pie. Matt Wieters had the other hit with a single.

Player of the game: Brian Roberts (2-3, R, BB, double (25) (.294 AVG))

The O’s try to avoid a sweep tonight. They’ll send Rich Hill (3-1, 5.18) to the mound, countered by Sean West (2-2, 3.97) for the Marlins.

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