For the third Friday in a row, the Orioles staked their starter to a lead early, this time on a two run home run by Nick Markakis.
If you’ll remember two weeks ago, Markakis had an early grand slam in Boston to give Jeremy Guthrie a 7-0 lead, which was promptly squandered by some bad pitches and some unfortunate breaks. The Orioles kicked off a four game series against the Red Sox with a 10-8 loss. Boston went on to sweep the series.
Last Friday it was Koji Uehara who was staked to the early lead against the Rangers, which was nicely held until the bullpen allowed a run in the eighth and two in the ninth on a two run shot by the Rangers’ Michael Young. The homerun proved to be the game winner, and seemingly sent the Orioles into a tailspin and a 1-5 week at home.
Tonight, Mark Hendrickson looked like he might have a decent outing through three, but watched the wheels come off after getting an out in the 4th. Kevin Millar delivered the go ahead run with a double to right. Millar is off to a productive start for the Jays, but I can’t say I miss him.
We get Rick Dempsey with Gary Thorne tonight on MASN. Seems like Halladay has settled down a little, and according to Dempsey, he won’t be allowing any more runs tonight. So I guess if you’re watching, you’re as dumb as me. But if you are, feel free to post.
Halfway home, 4-2 Blue Jays.
End of 7- Sarfate gave up two before Jamie Walker and his empty pockets came in to record the last out. O’s send the top of the lineup to the plate in the eighth. Had their hitters taken some pitches along the way, it probably wouldn’t have to be against Halladay.
Top of 8- Huff picks up an RBI and after a PB, Mora grounds out to score Markakis. Scott gets an infield hit to put runners at the corners, but Wigginton can’t deliver. They’ll need to hold the Jays and work some magic in the 9th. In case you’re wondering, Zaun, Izturis and Roberts are scheduled, and the bench consists of Pie, Andino, Moeller, and Montanez tonight.
Nevermind. Chris Ray seems to have other ideas. 8-4 now. As Rick Dempsey says, it’s more difficult to overcome a four run deficit than a two run deficit. Thanks, Rick. Is he in the booth all weekend?
No can do in the 9th for the O’s, as they go quietly into the night.
Fourteen hits for the Jays. Geez. AND they left 12.
Trembley has no answers in his postgame interview.
The Orioles are now 9-14, and have guaranteed that they will return home next week under .500.