O’s today: Winning streak was good while it lasted, Birds fall 6-3

May 05, 2009 | Drew Forrester

Too much Evan Longoria.

Is there any stopping that guy?

And not enough Orioles hitting.

Will the Birds ever hit AND pitch well in the same game?

Koji Uehara carried a 3-hitter into the 6th inning and held a 3-1 lead before the Rays rallied for two in the 6th and three in the 7th to quickly end the Baltimore winning streak at one with a 6-3 triumph in the series finale at Tropicana Field.

The big blow?  Two of them.  Longoria authored a seeing-eye double down the right field line in the 6th to tie the game at 3-all, then singled in the 7th to drive in two more runs. 

Will someone PLEASE get that dude out when it matters?

Uehara was outstanding until he reached the 85-pitch mark and then he started to wobble.

I remember back in early April when I was eavesdropping on a certain O’s associate who knows a thing or two about pitching. He said, “I think Koji will be OK as long as they keep him in the 80-90 pitch count.  He’s just not durable enough to go much past that.”

True that.

Uehara showed signs of tiring in the 7th but temporarily removed himself from potential maj0r-damage by picking off Jason Bartlett at 2nd base.  Two batters later, B.J. Upton doubled in the go-ahead run and it was “sayonara” for Koji.  Jamie Walker faced one batter – Carl Crawford – and hit him with a pitch to earn the quick hook from Dave Trembley.  Bob McCrory came in and promptly gave up the 2-run single to Longoria and the juice – no pun intended – had been squeezed from the Birds at Tropicana Field. 

Once again, per their ’09 form, when the O’s get a decent pitching effort, their bats take the early flight home.  The Birds generated a total of just four hits off of Matt Garza on Tuesday – home runs from Brian Roberts and Gregg Zaun accounted for all the Baltimore scoring – as Trembley’s gang fell to 10-17 on the year.

Hey, at least Gregg Zaun is up to .162 at the plate.

The Birds return to Charm City to start a 2-game series with the Twins before the Yankees (with A-Rod) storm in for three games over the weekend.

As long as Evan Longoria doesn’t get traded to Minnesota or New York tonight, the Birds might actually win a game or two in the next five days.