Last night’s game was awful, and the sad part is that it was over before it even practically got started. Their first inning was as good as ours was bad, and that’s all the O’s needed to win. It’s a sad, sad day when the outcome of an entire game is decided right out of the gate.
Obviously we batted first, and we scored one run. Podsednik singled on the second pitch of the game, moved to second on a throwing error and third on a sac fly by Ciriaco, and scored on a sac fly by Pedroia. It was a great example of manufacturing a run. All we needed to have done was do it more.
Then Cook took the mound for the bottom of the first, and it didn’t take long to get a sense of how his start was going to go. His very first pitch was hit for a single. Then he induced a groundout and gave up a two-run home run. Then he induced another groundout and gave up a single, a walk, and another single to load the bases. And then he allowed that most embarrassing scoring play: a grand slam. A grand total of six runs were scored on a grand total of two swings. We were down by five runs before the first inning was over.
After issuing two consecutive walks to start the second, Cook was replaced by Aceves, who pitched just fine until the fifth. After getting the inning’s first two outs, Aceves gave up three consecutive doubles followed by a single, which resulted in three more runs scoring. Pedro Beato then took the ball and pitched extremely well; both of his full innings were one-two-three. Then Bard pitched the eighth which, except for a walk, was blemish-free.
Meanwhile, we didn’t score again for the rest of the game. We didn’t even threaten for the rest of the game. Seriously. Podsednik’s single was our only hit. That’s right; we were one single away from being no-hit by the Baltimore Orioles. We haven’t been one-hit since 2009. And we walked only twice; one belonged to Pedroia and the other to Nava. The final score was 9-1.