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Monday, May 01, 2006



The O's slipped under .500 tonight, and it was as bad as the last 3 have been.

Like the last few games, the O's started out well. After a Corey Patterson ground out, Melvin Mora walked on 5 pitches. Then came the hobbling Miguel Tejada to the dish, and he grounded one down the third base line. It was fielded by Troy Glaus, but a bad throw to second allowed both runners to reach safely. Jeff Conine hit a squibber down the 3rd base line that Glaus couldn't field. The O's had the bases loaded with one out, and Ted Lilly was in trouble. Ramon knocked a single over John McDonald's head at shortstop scoring Melvin from third and giving the O's a 1-0 lead. Up came the scorching Jeff Conine, who lined a shot over secondbase to score the 2nd run of the inning. A Markakis K and Gomez groundout ended the threat, but nonetheless, 2-0 O's after one.

The first batter of the 2nd inning, Troy Glaus, cut the lead in half with a solo shot to center. Through 2, 2-1 Orioles.

Well, somebody stepped up on the offensive side of the plate, and it was Ramon Hernandez. With 2 outs in the bottom of the 3rd, Ramon lifted off on Ted Lilly, giving the O's their 2 run lead back, and giving Ramon his second RBI of the night. 3-1 O's.

The Blue Jays wouldn't go away, though, and in the 6th inning after a Troy Glaus double to center that got past Corey, a bloop single made the score 3-2 Orioles. Another bloop single put me on first and third with 2 outs, and the 9th place hitter John McDonald at the plate, but a shallow blooper to Chris Gomez at second ended the Jays half of the inning, and scoring threat.

That was Erik Bedard's last inning, and here is his line:
6 IP, 2 ER, 7 hits, 3 BB's, 2 K's. Not Erik's best game when it comes to hits and walks, but it didn't change the 2 most important categories-IP and ER. I was only off by an inning in my prediction. Pretty good:-)

In came Hawk. After a lead-off flyout, a soft single up the middle and an infield single put 2 on with one out for Troy Glaus. Gone. Glaus went opposite field onto the flag court, and it was 5-3 Jays in the top of the 7th. 5-3 through 6 1/2.

With 2 outs in the bottom of the 8th Ted Lilly was pulled. The line...
7 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 hits, 2 BB's, 4 K's. Great game for Lilly tonight. He really settled down after the first inning and shut the O's down.

In the top of the 9th, the Jays expanded the lead. After an infield single scored a run, a Lyle Overbay 3-run shot gave the Jays a 9-3 lead. What a shock, it was off Jim Brower.

The O's still had a little fight in them in the 9th. A one-out walk for Gomez started it off in the ninth. Raul Chavez grounded out to advance him to second, and with 2 outs C-Pat got an RBI single, 9-4. Patterson got to second on fielder's indifference, and scored on a Melvin single. Up came Miggy, out went Miggy. Miggy went long to the deepest part of the ballpark, cutting the lead to 9-7. In came BJ Ryan. Strike one. Ball. Strike two. Strike out. Game over. O's lose.

Would have been nice to not have given up 4 runs in the ninth, or to have gotten to BJ Ryan, but neither happen, and the O's lose. At least we showed some fight...

Game notes
-Ramon had a pretty good game. He got a homer and an RBI single. He also went 3/4, and was the only form of offense in our lineup.

-Troy Glaus went 4-5 with 4 RBI's and 2 homers.

-Miggy got his 7th homer of the season in the 9th inning. Ramon's was his third.

-Key players:Patterson, I said, was key to set the table for the big boppers, and he didn't. Coincidentally the O's lost. Hmmm. Other key player, Alex Rios, solid game. 2-5, but not earth shattering.

-Ted Lilly the winner, 3-1. Hawkins the loser, 0-1. BJ Ryan with the save.

Tomorrow we have the Jays again at 7:05.
Jays vs. Benson.
No point in posting the O's vs. Janssen stats, as they are extremely thin.

Salvage the series, win tomorrow.

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