Thursday, August 20, 2009
O's Continue Push For First Overall Draft Pick.
A weekend series against the AL West leading LA Angels is the last thing the struggling O's wanted to see.
On Friday, the O's put a beat down on Angels' starting pitcher Jered Weaver (8 ER in 3 1/3 IP) as they cruised to a 16-6 victory. Felix Pie went 4/5 and drove in 4 runs as he became probably the worst player to ever hit for the cycle. Chris Tillman pitched well and earned his first major league win.
And then the losing began...
On Saturday, Brian Matusz had one bad inning as he was roughed up for 5 runs in the 3rd. That was all the Angels needed as John Lackey pitched 7 strong innings to earn a 5-1 victory. Nick Markakis drove in the lone Orioles' run.
The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... Adam Jones!
Jones has had a stellar season but he went 1/5 in this game, leaving 3 men on base and committing an error in center field that led to an Angels run.
On Sunday, the O's accomplished something I have never seen before. With the game tied 8-8 in the 13th inning, Brian Bass and Douchey Matt Albers combined to give up 9 runs as the O's lost 17-8. I don't even want to talk anymore about this game. It is the epitome of this joke of an O's season.
The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... Douchey Matt Albers!
Ol' Douchey, we meet again. He allowed all 3 of his inherited runners to score PLUS he gave up 5 more runs. I could have done better. (Douchey was sent down to the minors after this. Hooray!)
On Monday, the O's hopes to gain a series tie were quickly squashed as Vlad Guerrero hit 2 homer runs and drove in 5. Nick Markakis and Melvin Mora in drove in 2 runs in the O's 8-5 loss.
The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... David Hernandez!
Hernandez gave up 5 runs in 5 1/3 innings while surrendering 3 home runs.
I'll be back soon with news from the Rays series. Orioles Magic!