And just four hits off of Javier Freakin’ Vasquez.
Five lousy hits for the Orioles on Tuesday night.
Hell, Alanis Morissette had that many on “Jagged Little Pill”.
The Orioles fell by the final of 3-1 in New York on Tuesday night and they did it in a new way. With the score tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the 7th inning, Miguel Tejada threw a ball in the dirt to first base that couldn’t be scooped by Ty Wigginton and the two deciding runs scored for the Yankees.
Poor Brian Matusz.
As Dave Trembley said when he took him out of the game, “You pitched your ass off”.
Matusz did indeed pitch his ass off on Tuesday, but all he has to show for it is another loss.
And the O’s couldn’t do anything against Javier Vasquez, squeezing out just one run on a Corey Patterson dinger. The defeat drops the Birds to 15-37.
Yep, 15 and 37.
And this one was VERY doable tonight, as the O’s kept it close throughout but couldn’t capitalize when they had their chances. They had the bases loaded with only one out in the 7th inning, but Adam Jones (strike out) and Julio Lugo (ground out) ended the threat…setting the stage for the bottom 7 fireworks and the Tejada-Wigginton faux pas x 2. Tejada’s throw certainly wasn’t great – and he was charged with an error and rightfully so – but a skilled first baseman scoops that up and retreats to the dugout to get high fives and “atta boys”.
This team’s offense – the O’s that is – is officially in neutral.
They’ve managed four runs in their last four games.
“We’re going to grow the arms and buy the bats”.
Boy, has any phrase ever been more of an outright fib than that one?
“Buy the bats”.
Game 2 is tomorrow night. Somehow, someway, the Orioles will lose.
If I’m sounding defeated, it’s with good reason.