Orioles Magic Finally Shows Up…on the Fifth Try
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Anyone who caught last night’s O’s game will tell you that it was one of the weirdest games they’ve ever witnessed. A quick sampling from the twitterverse:
Stacey at Camden Chat summed it up thusly:
The Orioles and Mariners combined for thirty-four hits, fifteen walks, and left twenty-seven men on base. What a debacle this game was, honestly.
For a while there though, it was looking like it was just going to be another heart wrenching loss for B’More’s Birds. In the 6th, the O’s took a 4-3 lead, which was their first time leading a game in the last FORTY INNINGS. Incredible – and extremely pathetic – but true.
After grabbing hold of a lead for the first time in over three full games, Mike Gonzalez came in and immediately surrendered it, taking just 2/3 of an inning to do so.
Lead for the first time in 40 innings. Hold it for a big two full outs.
The Fightin’ Showalters would battle back again though, and take a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the eighth. Closer Kevin Gregg came in and did his best Gonzalez impression though, holding the lead for…yup, 2/3 of an inning.
5-5 after 9.
After Gregg’s blown save though, things really got interesting, as the O’s had a chance for a walk-off win in each of their next FIVE at bats:
- In the bottom of the 9th, they had J.J. Hardy on 2nd with 1 out. Nick Markakis singled to left, and the entire stadium and everyone watching on TV could see that the Mariners’ left fielder was picking the ball up before Hardy even reached third base, and scoring was not an option. Hardy had even slowed down coming into the base. However, O’s 3B coach John Russel – apparently watching some other game – sent Hardy, who was out by 5-25 steps. FAIL
- In the bottom of the 10th, Adam Jones doubled with one down. Matt Wieters and Mark Reynolds struck out and flew out, respectively. FAIL
- In the bottom of the 11th, J.J Hardy singled to lead off the inning and was bunted to second by Brian Roberts. Same situation as in the 9th. This time, Markakis struck out. The Mariners then walked Derrek Lee to get to Jake Fox (who was in after some pinch running hijinks earlier in the game), who grounded out weakly. FAIL
- In the bottom of the 12th, Felix Pie doubled to lead off the inning. After an intentional walk to Jones, Wieters flew out and Reynolds struck out (shocking, I know). Hardy then reached on an infield single, loading the bases with two outs for Brian Roberts. Roberts – who is now hitting a magnificent .213 – struck out swinging. FAIL
- In the bottom of the 13th, after tying the game at 6 thanks to singles by Markakis, Fox, and Felix Pie, the O’s had runners on the corners with one out. Adam Jones grounded hard to the shortstop, who bobbled it…but not long enough to matter. Fox was gunned down at home. Matt Wieters then….
SINGLED IN PIE FOR THE WALK OFF WIN!
It was definitely a strange ball game, and quite an ugly one in all honesty. These are obviously two not-very-good baseball teams. Still, it’s much more satisfying to be on the winning end than the losing one of any game, even a clusterfudge like this.
Let’s hope this sparks the team to a nice little run of wins here. Not that things look too promising tonight, with Chris Tillman going up against Felix Hernandez. But hey, 2/3 would be plenty acceptable.