Friday Night Baseball and Another Blown Save

July 05, 2013 | Kelly Conroy

Wow. Orioles fans do not seem the least bit impressed by Jim Johnson’s attempt at closing the game out Friday night. Its the Yankees and they seemed to be looking for revenge in New York… We all know that sweeping the Yankees in Baltimore was nothing short of bittersweet, but going up to New York and doing the exact same is what our goal was. All I can think is…

“Way to blow it, Jimmy!!!… No but seriously, can we have Strop back!?”

Johnson comes into the game with a 2-1 lead. David Adams hits a leadoff single. No biggie, right?!?! Wrong!!! Brett Gardner gets on base because Johnson failed to field his bunt, resulting in an error in front of the mound. Then, we decide to intentionally walk, Robinson Cano… The bases are loaded, for the second time in the game… Buck walked out to the mound and chatted with Johnson… We were all rallying behind him (whether you want to admit it or not). His response to our expectations… He walks Travis Hafner and at this point, they’ve tied it up.

Up to bat is Vernon Wells. We all know that he has most definitely been struggling lately. Still hopeful, at this point for extra innings, us O’s fans have scooted to the edge of our seats. Then “it” happened… Wells grounds a single passed Manny Machado and proceeds to run to first base with his hand held high in the air and then was greeted by his teammates around home plate. No matter how many times I blinked, hoping that I had fell asleep and that this horrendous appearance by Jim Johnson, was just a dream… It was reality. Every O’s fan thought the same thing, at the same time, “Are you kidding me!??!?!!”

So, I ask you this, Baltimore… Should the O’s make a change in the closer role or stick with Johnson and let him try to figure it out?