Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Birds Fall Just Short

The O's came close but fell to Boston 8-7 at Camden Yards on Tuesday night.

With the tying run on second base and a run already in, Adam Jones worked a ten pitch at-bat against Jonathan Papelbon before grounding out to third to end the game and keep the Red Sox's playoff hopes alive.

Zach Britton took the loss and finished his rookie season with an 11-11 record...I was certainly hoping for better, but the young lefty still shows plenty of promise and hopefully will continue to grow and improve. Britton allowed five runs on seven hits (two homers) and two walks in just 4 1/3 innings, fanning two. Jason Berken and Zach Phillips both served up a long ball to the Sox as fact, all eight of Boston's runs came via the home run.

The Birds knocked Erik Bedard out in the fourth inning and went deep twice in the game: Matt Wieters slapped his 22nd homer in the fourth and Adam Jones went yard in the sixth. Jones celebrated two personal milestones in the game, hitting the 100th double and 75th homer of his career. It just wasn't enough...

The Rays beat the Yankees, so Tampa Bay and Boston are still tied for the Wild Card with just one game left in the regular season. Alfredo Simon takes the mound for the Birds on Wednesday night, while Jon Lester will start for the Sox. Lester has never lost to Baltimore in his career...

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