O’s Rally, Lose In Extras 6-5

W – Shawn Camp (1-1)     L – Koji Uehara (1-1)

– The Orioles have now lost 15 straight games in Toronto and it was a rough one. They battled all the way back from 4-1 and 5-3 deficits to tie the game and send it to extra innings before giving up a walk off homerun. Chris jakubauskas made his second start for the O’s but didn’t fare near as well as his first. He struggled through 5.1 innings giving up four runs on seven hits and four walks with two strikeouts. Toronto has a great offense and he just wasn’t at the top of his game. With his marginal stuff he doesn’t have much margin for error. He’ll be better off working out of the bullpen when the Orioles call up another fifth starter.
– Mike Gonzalez finished the 6th inning walking and striking out a batter. Jeremy Accardo gave up a run in the 7th. Hes struggling again after pitching pretty well for a while. Hes this years Matt Albers. Jim Johnson held the Blue Jays scoreless in the 8th and 9th to get us into extras. Koji Uehara breezed through the 10th, striking out two batters, but on the second pitch he threw in the 11th inning to Adam Lind the game was lost. I don’t blame Buck Showalter for bringing back Koji for the second inning, hes been our best pitcher out of the bullpen. He was pitching well but just gave up a very poor timed homerun, which he is prone to do as a fly ball pitcher.
– The Orioles opened the game with back to back singles from JJ Hardy and Nick Markakis but Nick made a base running mistake and got caught in a run down. Hardy reached third before Markakis was tagged out and then scored on Adam Jones sacrifice fly. The O’s didn’t score again until the 7th inning. Luke Scott bunted against the shift for his second time of the game to lead off the inning. Mark Reynolds walked and they both moved up on a wild pitch. Robert Andino hit a sacrifice fly and then Hardy doubled to score Reynolds. Scott later singled again on a line drive. Hes working hard to get teams to stop using the infield shift on him. Reynolds singled and Hardy doubled earlier in the game.
– In the 8th Matt Wieters hit a two run homer after Vladimir Guerrero walked. It was hit into the second deck. Guerrero also singled in the game. Markakis had his first three hit game in a long time and also walked and hit a double, his sixth. Looks like he might finally be out of his slump. Felix Pie singled after pinch running for Scott earlier in the game. Derrek Lee walked in his first game back from the bereavement list. The offense had 13 hits but missed on some good opportunities, ending up 1-12 with runners in scoring position. The streaky team continues to be so, this time on the losing side.

Player of the game: JJ Hardy – 3-6, R, RBI, 2 doubles (8) (.296 AVG)

The O’s will try to end this crazy losing streak in the Sky Dome by sending Jake Arrieta (8-3, 4.48) to the mound. Toronto counters with Ricky Romero (5-6, 3.18).


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