Extra Innings?, O’s Lose 17-8

Brian Bass falls to 5-3 pitching out of relief.

As I’ve said before, Matt Albers needs to be shut down. The Orioles were tied heading into the 13th inning with Brian Bass pitching. Bass had pitched a scoreless 12th, but couldn’t record an out before allowing 1 run to score and leaving the bases loaded when Albers was brought in. Albers would go on to allow all 3 of the inherited runners to score, along with 5 of his own. He gave up 4 hits (including a homerun) and a walk. I’ve also said before that something has to be wrong with Jeremy Guthrie. He started the game yesterday and gave up 7 runs on 10 hits and 2 walks over 5.2 innings. Guthrie’s ERA is up to 5.66. Thats not good enough, not even close. Mark Hendrickson struck out the only batter he faced. Chris Ray pitched 2 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits and a walk. He had 2 strikeouts. Danys Baez threw a perfect inning in the 9th before Jim Johnson threw 2 scoreless innings in the 10th and 11th.

The offense wasn’t the problem yesterday. 8 runs is usually sufficient. We got on the board in the 3rd when Brian Roberts hit a 2 run homerun (his 10th). He also hit his 45th double in the game. In the 4th, Luke Scott hit his 20th homerun of the season, a solo shot. Ty Wiggington singled and scored on a Chad Moeller double. We scored 2 more runs in the 5th when Nick Markakis hit a 2 run shot, giving him 82 RBI on the season. It was 8-6 Angels heading into the bottom of the 8th. Nolan Reimold led off with a double and would score on a pinch hit RBI single by Matt Wieters. Needing a run to tie the game up, Roberts led off with that double I talked about earlier. Adam Jones would follow that with a deep shot to left field that just missed going out, but it was a sacrifice fly nonetheless and sent us into extra innings. Unfortunately we couldn’t put anything together in the extra frames and by the time LA scored, we needed 9 runs to tie it back up.

Player of the game: Nick Markakis (2-6, R, 2 RBI, HR (14) (.304 AVG))

The Orioles need to win tonight against Ervin Santanna (5-6, 6.38) to tie the series up. We’ll send David Hernandez (4-4, 3.81) to the hill.

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