The Orioles squandered another scoring opportunity, putting runners on first and second with no outs in the ninth. Nick Markakis swung at the first pitch and bounced into a 1-6-3 double play.
I had to hold down my father so he didn’t launch himself through the ceiling.
The first pitch? A tapper to the mound?
Go ahead and scream at the top of your lungs. It’s OK.
Ty Wigginton walked to keep the rally alive, but second baseman Chris Getz made a diving stop of Luke Scott’s grounder and threw to first for the final out.
I’d second-guess the decision to let Cesar Izturis lead off the ninth, but he singled to start the rally.
Never mind. I’ll still second-guess it. You have Brian Roberts, Corey Patterson and Matt Wieters on the bench. Sounds like the right time to send up a pinch-hitter.
I didn’t want interim manager Juan Samuel to leave his post without one more second-guess.
Samuel is expected to decline Andy MacPhail’s offer to coach third base. He went 17-34 as Dave Trembley’s replacement, but he did calm things down a bit after taking over. Nobody’s going to hand you a trophy for that achievement, but it just felt...calmer. I hope that makes sense.
This team has major flaws. Buck Showalter won’t plop down in the manager’s chair and instantly lead a miraculous turnaround. If that’s what you’re expecting, you’re in for a huge disappointment.