Walkoff 9-8 Loss Is 9th In A Row

W – Kerry Wood (3-3, 4.33) L – Jim Johnson (4-6)

This was a high scoring, entertaining game. Unfortunately it resulted in another loss for the Orioles. Jason Berken started and got through the first three innings unscathed, but couldn’t get out of the 4th. He gave up 2 homeruns and 4 runs and could only get two outs before being removed. He gave up 8 hits, didn’t walk a batter, and struck out 3. Chris Waters finished the inning and pitched a perfect 5th. Cla Meredith pitched a scoreless 6th. Sean Henn started the 7th, but couldn’t record an out before giving up 3 runs on 2 hits and a walk. Chris Ray finished the inning, but gave up a run of his own on 2 hits and a walk. Danys Baez tossed a perfect 8th before Jim Johnson gave up the game winning run, only recording one out. Hes had his problems in the closers role and even though this wasn’t a save situation, it was a situation where he had to keep them off the board. He might be proving to the manager/front office that hes not capable as a closer.

Recently the pitching has been decent, but there just hasn’t been enough run support. Last night was the opposite. The offense put up 8 runs, but the pitching gave up 9. After a big 4th inning for the Indians had us own 4-0, we scored 5 in the top of the 5th. Robert Andino led off the inning with his 2nd homerun of the season. Brian Roberts singled and after a Lou Montanez fly out, Matt Wieters doubled to score Roberts. Nick Markakis grounded out, then Melvin Mora walked setting up Luke Scott to hit a 3 run homer and give us the lead. We got another run in the 6th on a Michael Aubrey solo homerun, his 2nd of the season and on this road trip. We were down two runs heading into the 9th and we tied it up. Roberts led off with a single, Jeff Fiorentino walked, and Wieters singled to load the bases. Back to back sacrifice flies by Markakis and Mora brought in Roberts and Fiorentino. The way we fought back made it all the more disappointing when Johnson let the Indians win it.

Player of the game: Luke Scott (3-5, R, 3 RBI, HR (25) (.259 AVG))

Can we avoid dropping our 10th game in a row? We’ll find out this afternoon as we’ll also try to avoid getting swept by the 4th worst team in baseball. Chris Tillman (2-4, 4.71) takes the mound for the Orioles against David Huff (10-8, 5.98).

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