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7/8/09
Written by: Anna C.

I had intended to write something days ago, but to be honest, I didn’t have much say. I know, those who know me will laugh at the fact that I was speechless. But seriously, after losing the Boston series in the well-played but heartbreaking 11-inning final game and then losing 3 of 4 games against the Angels, I wasn’t feeling particularly happy with my Birds. And you know what Mom always said: if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all

It is a relief to me that I feel like writing about the Orioles today – the Seattle series is making me feel a bit better. Maybe it is the fact that I have always had a fondness for the Mariners; whether it is the lovable Mariner Moose, the understated athleticism of Ichiro or the return of one of the greats from the Mariners of the 90s in Griffey, the Mariners are my West Coast team. Or maybe it is just the fact that the O’s are finally showing some signs of life…

Don’t get me wrong, I was not happy with the results of Monday’s game, but if Baltimore is going to lose, at least let it be an extremely well-pitched gem of a game. Hats off to Jarrod Washburn for a fantastic complete game, and kudos to Nick Markakis for providing the one hit and base runner of the entire 9 innings.

Tuesday, though, was a completely different story. Finally, the offense showed a little life, perhaps sparked by Trembley’s impassioned argument and subsequent ejection. While the brief appearance by Jeremy Guthrie leaves some serious doubts as to the pitcher’s abilities this year, it was reassuring to see only two zeroes in the hits column of the box score this time around (Side note: Aubrey Huff may want to rethink that mustache – his hitting has certainly not improved since he debuted the facial hair!).

With the series tied, this is the Orioles’ chance to gain some momentum and hopefully enter the All Star break less than 10 games under 500. So far, so good – O’s are down by 2 in the 3rd inning, but David Hernandez seems to be pitching well, and if last night was any indication, the O’s have some hits saved up from the losses of the recent past.

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