Friday, April 11, 2008

Now That's The O's I Know

I missed the O's-Rays game today. It was probably for the best, as the team blew a 5-2 lead to lose 10-5. Jeremy Guthrie had a quality start, working around 8 hits including a Carlos Pena HR to only give up 2 runs in 6 1/3 IP. Jamie Walker came in and gave up 3 hits, including Pena' second HR of the day (a three run shot) without getting an out. With the game tied at 5-5, Dennis Sarfate came in. He started out well - blowing away BJ Upton - but it went down-hill from there. He walked a batter and hit another, before getting out of the jam with another K. Even though his control wasn't there, Sarfate was brought out for the eighth. A single and 3 walks later (the third a base-loaded one to Pena), Greg Aquino came in in a 6-5 game. Three hits and a walk later it was 10-5, and the O's went down 1-2-3 in the ninth. On the bright side, Luke Scott continued swinging the bat well, going 2-4 with a pair of RBI. The O's have lost three in a row after the six game winning streak, and are now 6-4. They're still in first place in the East though. With James Shields on the hill for Tampa Bay today I was expecting a loss. Still, it was disappointing that the bullpen, which had pitched so well this year, was what lost the game for them. On the Rays' side, congratulation to Carl Crawford on picking up his 1,000th career hit.

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