It’s Sunday in late May, which means you can count on two things today.
60 Minutes will air on CBS tonight.
And the Orioles will lose their game.
The latter has been take care of, courtesy of a 3-0 whitewashing by the Detroit Tigers earlier this afternoon at Camden Yards.
The Birds had two hits in the game. Yes, you read that right. Two hits in the game…one from Nick Markakis and another from Ty Wigginton.
Jason Berken’s second career start was better than his first, as he went 7 full innings and surrendered only four hits and two earned runs.
Don’t look now, but the Birds might have an issue to deal with in 10 days when (if) Koji Uehara is ready to come off the disabled list. We need to see more of David Hernandez, obviously, but right now, it might make sense to give Uehara some hamstring-stretching exercises in the bullpen and tell him to expect a phone call around the 6th or 7th inning…if you know what I mean.
Meanwhile, Luke Scott failed to homer today, and the league has ordered a drug test for him. Come to think of it, based on his recent surge power, maybe the league — oh, never mind.
Manager Dave Trembley had his hand in the loss, sending Robert Andino on a steal attempt in the bottom of the 6th with one out. Andino was thrown out — and that was pretty much the end of any O’s scoring threat for the afternoon. Why, with the top of the order coming up, would Trembley send ANYONE in a 1-run game? Well, like Trembley said afterwards, “We’ll just get on a plane and head to Seattle and be ready to play tomorrow.” Yeah, no need to fret over silly mistakes that help contribute to losses.
Matt Wieters was given the day off behind the plate, as the Birds went with their traditional lose-on-purpose Sunday lineup which featured Gregg Zaun at catcher and Robert Andino at shortstop. Wieters, like most of his teammates today, had little to offer at the plate as the team’s DH…he went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
Rich Hill gets the start tomorrow night in Seattle.