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Sunday, April 09, 2006



The Orioles lost yet again today, this time 4-1 to the Red Sox. That is 4 in a row and 8 straight vs. the Sox. Every looked good at the start of the game, after Newhan(who reached on an error) got singled in by Miguel Tejada. The O's had several more scoring opportunities until the 5th inning, but on all of them they couldn't convert. Rodrio was nearly perfect until the 5th inning when Adam Stern singled in a run and Josh Bard scored on a Chris Gomez fielding error(that would have ended the inning, had he converted). Then in the 6th, Stern got yet another RBI single, which was followed by a Mark Loretta RBI single. That was the end of Rod's day, as John Hallama came in. He stopped the bleeding by getting David Ortiz to ground out. Then in the bottom half of the 6th the O's bats seemingly came alive. Ramon(who went 3/4) led off the inning with a double and it was followed by a Gomez single. 1st and 3rd, not outs. Strike out Patterson. Strike out Newhan. Strike out Matos. In the 7th the O's had 2 on with 2 outs and Ramon grounded out, the only time he was retired all day. In the 9th, Papelbon showed he was a rookie. Matos led off with a double, and Mora got him to 3rd, Man on third with 1 out. Tejada got hit by a pitch, and that made it 1st and 3rd with one out with Gibby stepping to the plate. On a 1-1 count, Gibby popped out to the catcher, the second time he did that with a man on 3rd and less than 2 outs. Millar then fouled out and the game was over.

The lineup was simply horrible today, without Javy, Markakis or B-Rob. The O's needed to capitolize on the fact that Varitek and Crisp weren't in the lineup today. The O's need some stability in the lineup and the constant scambling is already getting Perlozzo on my bad side. If we don't take at least 3 of 4 from Tampa I am willing to say any chance of competing is gone.

Tomorrow is McClung vs Bedard...again. A must win IMO.

Go Orioles.

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