Wrap-up: Rays 9, Orioles 1

(Mike Ricigliano / Special…)
April 14, 2010|By From Sun staff reports

How it happened: This one was over early. Orioles starter Brad Bergesen had gotten one out in the top of the first inning when Carl Crawford hit a routine infield pop-up. Orioles third baseman Miguel Tejada and shortstop Cesar Izturis failed to communicate, however, and the ball fell to the dirt. Crawford reached first safely, and Tejada was charged with a fielding error. Bergesen walked Evan Longoria two batters later, and then Carlos Pena slammed a home run to put the Rays ahead 3-0. That would have been more than enough for Tampa Bay, but Bergesen went on to allow five more runs, including three on B.J. Upton's first of two homers in the game, in going just three innings. The Orioles' only run came on Tejada's homer in the fourth inning.

He said it: "What makes this start really hard on all of us, the fans, ourselves, the players, is that you are 1-8 and everybody knows in the room you could easily be 5-4. Other than today, we haven't been whupped in any game. In any given season, you are going have four to eight games that are really body blows to the stomach that you are going to remember, and we have already had four." -- Andy MacPhail, Orioles president of baseball operations.

You said it: "As was said in Bull Durham, 'What we need is a rainout'." -- mike, commenting on Orioles Insider

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