Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Back From My Vacation. The O's Losing Never Takes A Break.
When I left for the Outer Banks last week I planned on making a concerted effort to steal the neighbor's wireless internet every night and continue to be the only writer for BWP. Unfortunately I made the decision to relax instead, so now it is time to update all 10 of the readers that decided to stick around, on the Clipped Wing Award standings and all of that fun stuff. I refuse to let BlazingWithPhelps die!
Sunday 6/28: The O's went for the sweep against the Washington Nationals. David Hernandez gave up 3 runs in 5 2/3 innings and the Nats added 2 runs against the O's bullpen as the O's lost 5-3.
The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for the game is... Luke Scott!
Scott led the O's offense in futility as he went 1/4 while only seeing 9 pitches in his 4 at bats (I'm grasping at straws on this one, all of the hitters sucked).
Monday 6/29: The O's opened up a series against the Red Sox and Jon Lester shut down the O's batters, pitching 7 scoreless innings while striking out 8. Jason Berken gave up 4 runs in 5 innings and the O's only managed 6 hits against Lester as they lost 4-0.
The BWP Clipped Win Award winner for the game is... Brian Roberts!
Roberts went 0/4, striking out once and going 0/1 with runners in scoring position.
Tuesday 6/30: A date that will live in O's infamy and a game that will be the subject of multiple MASN Orioles Defining Moments. Entering the bottom half of the 7th inning, the O's were down 10-1 and I had already thrown the television remote in frustration and jumped off of the top deck of the beach house. When suddenly, a text from former BWP writer, John, brought me back to life.
He was attending the game (he is a Red Sox fan and a homosexual) and he made me aware that the O's were making a minor comeback. I didn't expect much but I decided to turn the game back on just in case. What happened next was a miracle.
The O's scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 7th and 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th to take an 11-10 lead. George Sherrill pitched a scoreless 9th inning to earn his 17th save. My explanation can not do the comeback justice, so I'm not going to try. But take my word for it; it was exciting.
Wednesday 7/1: In true Orioles fashion, the O's took all of the momentum and excitement from the previous days game, and threw it right out the window. Up 5-1 entering the 9th inning, after a dominating 8 inning performance from Brad Bergesen, the O's needed only 3 outs to take the series from the Red Sox.
Jim Johnson gave up a lead off walk and then Kevin Youkilis bombed a home run into the right field bleachers to start off the 9th cutting the lead 5-3. George Sherrill came in to stop the bleeding, striking out the first 2 batters he faced. Sherrill followed this up by walking the next 3 batters. Pinch hitter Rocco Baldelli then hit a 2 run single, tying the game. The O's went on to lose in extra innings. Yuck.
The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... George Sherrill!
Thursday 7/2: The O's opened up a 4 game series against the Angels in spectacular fashion by losing 5-2. John Lackey held the O's to 4 hits in 8 innings as the top 3 batters in the O's lineup went 0/12 combined and Bobby Abreu hit 2 HRs for the Angels.
The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... Jeremy Guthrie!
Guthrie gave up 5 earned runs in 7 innings and he added a throwing error to seal his CWA fate.
Friday 7/3: David Hernandez pitched a great game, and the O's knocked around Ervin Santana en route to a 6-4 victory. Hernandez gave up 3 earned runs in 6 2/3 innings and Aubrey Huff led the O's hitters with a HR and 3 RBIs.
Saturday 7/4: Happy 4th of July BWP readers! The O's suck! They hung around in this game until they gave up 6 runs in the 8th inning and lost 11-4. The O's were credited with 2 errors and had several other lapses in judgement and talent that contributed to their late game collapse.
The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... Brian Bass!
He gave up all 6 of the runs in the 8th inning. That should do it.
Sunday 7/5: The Orioles jumped out to a 4-0 lead only to see golden boy Rich Hill blow it by giving up 6 runs in 5 1/3 innings as the O's ended up losing 9-6.
The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... Rich Hill!
DAMN YOU RICH HILL! STOP MAKING ME LOOK LIKE A DAMN FOOL!
Monday 7/6: The Orioles would have been more productive if they would have forfeited yesterday's game and spent the day taking extra batting practice. Jarrod Washburn made them look foolish as the O's (Nick Markakis) were only able to muster 1 hit throughout the whole game. The O's are now 2-9 on the West Coast this season (blame the jet lag).
The BWP Clipped Wing Award for this game is... Brian Roberts!
He was the only O's batter with 4 at bats and he went 0/4 so he wins by default. Yayyy Brian!
So there you have it. The O's seem to have also gone on vacation for the 4th of July holiday. I've placed a call to China asking them to mass produce more Clipped Wing Award trophies in anticipation for the large amount of O's losing in the second half of the season.