Despite 18 Hits O’s Lose 8-4

W – Sean Burnett (3-3)     L – Jeremy Accardo (3-3)

– I didn’t know it was possible to have 18 hits in a game and only score four runs. Apparently it is because the Orioles did it. Seemed like we had base runners on every inning but could only get anything in for two of them. In the 4th Robert Andino singled in a run and Zach Britton got his first major league hit with an RBI double. Maybe he needs to pull a Babe Ruth and play first base when hes not pitching. In the 6th Vladimir Guerrero hit a pinch hit RBI single and JJ Hardy lifted a sacrifice fly for the final run.
– Nick Markakis continued to climb out of his offensive hole with four hits, raising his average to .260. Adam Jones also had four hits including a double and Derrek Lee had five hits with a double. Andino had a double to go with his RBI single and Mark Reynolds singled in the game. It was a rough night for Matt Wieters. It seemed like every time he came up to the plate there were runners in scoring position but he went hitless and grounded into a double play. I guess its the law of averages after his torrid start with RISP.
– Zach Britton actually pitched pretty good but Mark Reynolds made a terrible error to lead to a four run inning. After back to back singles to open the inning the pitcher laid down a sacrifice bunt but Reynolds threw the ball away allowing a run to score. The Nationals went on to score three unearned runs. Only one run was charged to Britton who pitched five innings before being pinch hit for. He allowed five hits and two walks while striking out four. Jeremy Accardo came in to start the 6th after the offense rallied to tie the game and promptly walked the first batter he faced on four pitches. Old Orioles Jerry Hairston doubled and then another batter walked. He got one out before Jason Berken came in and allowed a run to score, but he didn’t allow any of his own runners in. Michael Gonzalez gave up a solo homerun over his 1.2 innings and Koji Uehara struck out the only batter he faced to end the 8th.

Player of the game: Derrek Lee – 5-5, R, double (7) (.234 AVG)

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