I don’t know about you, but I’m just not a fan of these two game series. There have been a lot of complaints about them too from fans and commentators.
So what’s the deal with run support for good pitchers? Koji doesn’t get any after a good start, but Hendrickson gets a no decision after he gives up 5 after 2 innings. Brad Bergesen was a victim of poor run support tonight.
In fact the Orioles haven’t won a game without scoring 5 runs this year, well except for that rain shortened game.
There was some really good defense in this game from both teams. Carlos Pena made a ridiculous catch while falling into the Oriole’s dugout and Brian Roberts leaped up to make a grab too.
Baltimore took an early lead with a Ty Wigginton solo homerun in the 2nd, his second homer of the year. Wiggi had a big game going 3 for 5.
Bergesen gave up 4 earned runs through 5 2/3 innings. Chris Ray and Jamie Walker held things through the 7th inning.
In the 9th Bob McCrory walked 3 and scored one on a wild pitch. 5-2 Rays. Then he served it up and handed the win to Tampa with 3 more runs on RBI singles as the Rays batted around. All four runs were needed.
The O’s rallied in the 9th but fell short. Brian Roberts hit a 2-run homer that drove in Cesar Izturis. Then Felix Pie hit one out immediately after B-Rob. Aubrey Huff stretched out a double down the right field line and was later driven in by Melvin Mora. But the O’s fell.
Adam Jones left the game in the 4th inning due to a right hamstring strain. Jones felt pain early and played through it. He was pulled out by manager Dave Trembley after hitting an RBI single in the 4th inning that scored Brian Roberts. Felix Pie replaced Jones in centerfield, Lou Montanez played left, and Luke Scott is still feeling pain from his injury. Lots of questions for Baltimore in the outfield.
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