Another Close Game, Another Loss; 4-3

W – Manny Delcarmen (1-1)     L – Matt Albers (0-2)

Jeremy Guthrie gave us a quality start. He pitched 6 innings allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks. He kept the Orioles in the game even though he left with the team trailing 3-0 going into the 7th inning. He didn’t factor into the decision because the O’s tied it in the 8th. He didn’t strike out a batter and gave up a homerun but it was a solo shot. I still don’t like the way Dave Trembley manages the bullpen. He used five pitchers to get through the last two innings, which basically means your going to run into somebody thats having an off night. Cla Meredith started the 7th but was quickly pulled after walking the lead off batter. Mark Hendrickson was next and recorded an out on a sacrifice bunt. He was lifted immediately for Matt Albers who walked the first guy he faced before getting a double play. He came back for the 8th, gave up a single and got back to back ground outs to leave the runner at third with two outs. Will Ohman was called upon and promptly walked the only two batters he faced to load the bases. Then it was Jim Johnson’s turn, who walked in the go ahead and eventual winning run before getting out of the inning. Its just mind blowing how much he over-manages. I guess its damned if you do, damned if you don’t at this point…

The Orioles were held scoreless until the 7th when we finally got on the board with an Adam Jones two run homerun after Lou Montanez singled. In the 8th we tied it up. Matt Wieters led off with a double into left center field and was taken out for a pinch runner, Julio Lugo. Nolan Reimold walked for the third time in the game. Garrett Atkins tried to sacrifice the runners to second and third but pushed it too hard and Reimold was thrown out at second. I thought the second baseman was pulled off the bag but the home team got the call. Luke Scott pinch hit and hit a weak grounder, but it was enough to bring the run in. We had a chance in the 9th but Nick Markakis got thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double and Julio Lugo struck out to end the game after Miguel Tejada and Ty Wiggington walked back to back. Tejada also had two singles in the game, Wiggington a single and two other walks. Just another frustrating loss to give us four in a row.

Player of the game: Adam Jones (1-5, 2 Run HR (2) (.203 AVG))

At least we have our ace on the mound tomorrow night, the guy who has our only two wins on the season – Brian Matusz (2-0, 4.34). The O’s will get their first taste of John Lackey (1-1, 5.63) in a Red Sox uniform.

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