Tonight didn’t go well.
It started out well enough, with Jason Hammel dealing and the Orioles going up 2-0 in the first. Unfortunately, the pitching and defense faltered at bad times throughout the night, with Chris Davis missing at least two plays at first base that could have made things better. As a result, Chris Davis became this game’s scapegoat.
Chris Davis is tonight’s Morris Marina, everybody!
Now that we’ve named today’s Morris Marina of the game, let’s move on and look at this a little more closely. There were a few instances, for example, where the Orioles had men on base and were unable to score. At one point, they had two men on and were still able to get neither of them across. The biggest blow they managed on the night was a three-run homer from J.J. Hardy, which actually put the Orioles up 5-2 at one point. For a while, they looked like they had a chance.
Success is truly elusive in this town, it seems.
That being said, once again the team did fight until the end, and although they were defensively incompetent and couldn’t pitch at times, they didn’t quite give up, which I certainly approve of. The problem is that they didn’t take the opportunities that they needed to take. Ivan Nova was spotty when he started this game for the Yankees, but too many batters swung and missed instead of letting Nova walk them. Had we been patient, we might have had a better chance here.
Well, that and I think we need a competent first baseman. Anyone have one they can share with us? We promise we won’t total him* or anything…
*Not actually guaranteed. These are the Orioles.