Friday, June 26, 2009

The O's Have Been Hit By, They've Been Struck By, A Smooth Criminal.

That 'thud' you just heard was the O's momentum coming to a crashing halt in Florida during their mid-week series with the Marlins. The Marlins (especially star shortstop Hanley Ramirez) feasted on the O's pitching as they ended the Orioles 5 game winning streak against NL opponents.

Tuesday's game started as a pitchers duel and ended in thrilling fashion (if you are a Marlins fan I guess) as the O's scored 5 runs in the 8th and 9th innings only to lose 7-6 in extra innings. Koji Uehara pitched a nice game, going 6 innings and giving up 1 run. Unfortunately the bullpen (specifically Danys Baez, but we'll get to that in a second) let Koji down as the Marlins scored 5 runs in the 7th inning.

The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for Tuesday's game is... Danys Baez!

Baez pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up all of the 5 aforementioned earned runs, making it nearly impossible for the O's to overcome the deficit.

In Wednesday's game, the O's hitters were baffled by Ricky Nolasco's pitching as they struck out 7 times against Nolasco and only managed to score 2 runs as they lost 5-2. Jason Berken pitched well, giving up 2 earned runs in 5 innings, but the O's were unable to muster enough offense to really be a threat.

The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for Wednesday's game is... Nick Markakis!

I've been avoiding this for awhile now but Markakis deserves this one. He has been slumping lately and this game was no different as he went 0/4 with 2 strikeouts.

In Thursday's game, Rich Hill was pounded by the Marlins, surrendering 6 earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. Hanley Ramirez added a grand slam off of Chris Ray in the 8th inning to pour salt on the O's wounds, as the Marlins completed the sweep, 11-3.

The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for Thursday's game is... Rich Hill!

No surprise here, you can't give up 6 runs and expect to have a chance to win. Damn you Rich Hill! Stop letting me down!

All in all, Hanley Ramirez was 6/13 with 4 runs scored, 2 HRs, 11 RBIs, and 2 SBs for the series, as he raped and pillaged the buttholes of the O's pitchers. For those of you scoring at home, he nearly drove in half of the Marlins runs during the series. Luckily the O's play the Nats to close out interleague play so we should be able to feel good about ourselves again by the end of the weekend.

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