The Baltimore Orioles welcomed the Toronto Blue Jays into Camden Yards for a noon game this Wednesday afternoon.
The Orioles started out on top, Nate McLouth scoring thanks to Adam Jones’ double to deep right, putting the O’s up 1-0. Their lead didn’t last long, because in the second Arencibia of the Blue Jays homered, bringing in two runs. Toronto struck again in the third when Davis homered to left, the score now 3-1.
The Orioles could only bring one run in during the third, McLouth safe at home after Markakis grounded into a fielder’s choice. The Blue Jays tried to seal the deal in the fourth and sixth, Encarnacion and Bautista homering to bring their lead to 3.
It was in the seventh that the Orioles mounted their comeback. A double by Flaherty brought in Reimold, a single by McLouth brought in Flaherty, and a triple by Machado brought in McLouth. The score was now tied, 5-5.
From then on it was scoreless, resulting in extra innings. The tenth looked promising for both teams, the Blue Jays had a runner on but couldn’t bring in Izturis. The Orioles had two runners on, but Davis and Hardy couldn’t bring them in.
In the eleventh, thanks to a bases loaded walk by P Jim Johnson, the Blue Jays scored. Jim Johnson is then relieved by pitcher Brian Matusz, who was able to get the final out.
Due up for the Orioles at the bottom of the eleventh was Reimold, Flaherty, and Teagarden. The Orioles couldn’t get any momentum going, Reimold struck out looking, Flaherty flew out to center, and Dickerson (replacing Teagarden) struck out swinging.
While you can blame the bats for not bringing in the runs the Orioles needed, a disappointing outing by P Stinson didn’t help. 5.21 IP, 5 ER, and a 7.94 ERA are stats you don’t want to see from your starter. The Orioles have some things to work on if they want to knock Boston out of the top spot in the AL East.