Saturday, September 6, 2008

O's Bullpen Lets A's Walk Away with the Win

The Orioles lost their seventh straight game last night, falling to the Oakland Athletics 11-2 at Camden Yards. The Birds (63-77) are now worse than the A's (64-77).

Chris Waters (2-2) took the loss, but he kept the Birds in the game...he went five and 1/3 innings, allowing just three runs while walking three, hitting a batter and striking out two.

Enter the bullpen...three relievers (Brian Bass, Brian Burres and Kameron Mickolio) combined to walk seven batters (Bass even hit one) in a single inning. They walked in five runs...but hey, at least they didn't allow a single hit! Randor Bierd came on to stop the bleeding and he did allow a hit, a grand slam, to give the A's an eight-run inning and an 11-2 lead in the eighth inning.

Meanwhile, the O's offense was held to just six hits and managed just two runs (one earned). Oakland had just one more hit than the Birds, but allowed just two's tough to win when you walk ten batters (and hit two more) in nine innings...haven't I wrote this same column before?

The Orioles are scheduled for a doubleheader later today (weather permitting) so the Ravens can begin their season on Sunday with no interruptions. Garrett Olson and Daniel Cabrera are scheduled to take the mound for the Birds...

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