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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | October 16, 1997
Burned inside, Roberto Alomar spun away from the sound, dancing on feet that should have helped take his team farther into the postseason.Jose Mesa danced a more joyful jig just 60 feet away, waiting for his Cleveland Indians teammates to swallow him before a silenced Camden Yards crowd of 49,075.Mesa had done more than strike out Alomar looking to end an epic 11-inning, 1-0 game. He had put the final touches on a Game 6 win that pushed the Indians into their second World Series appearance in three years and sent the Orioles home numb from a second straight loss in the American League Championship Series.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2013
TORONTO - Orioles manager Buck Showalter readily admits that his team has gone through bad streaks with runners in scoring position. And he said he's guilty of not harping on their struggles when they happen, fearing it could make the situation worse. "One thing I hate being around this group of guys it being Captain Obvious," Showalter said. "They get it. If anything it created more anxiety. They know. Our guys have so much 'want to' to change it that it can create that. "It's got to get better," Showalter added.
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August 28, 1998
Athletics: Oakland was just 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position in losing the first two games of the series against Boston, but went 6-for-12 yesterday.Pub Date: 8/28/98
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2013
The Orioles had more than their share of opportunities to put away the Chicago White Sox on Saturday afternoon at Camden Yards. But as scoring chances came and went, frustration mounted in the home dugout. Through 17 at-bats with runners in scoring position, the Orioles had just one hit, stranding 11 baserunners along the way. But, down to their final out, the Orioles finally came though, as Matt Wieters hit a two-out, two-run single in the 10th inning off White Sox closer Addison Reed to deliver a 4-3 comeback win in front of an announced 23,653.
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April 27, 2002
Who's hot Ryan Klesko of the Padres has a major-league-best 14-game hitting streak. Who's not The Brewers haven't gotten a hit with a runner in scoring position in 28 innings since Wednesday, going 0-for-12. Line of the day Odalis Perez, Dodgers P IP R H BB SO 9 0 1 0 6
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September 8, 2002
The numbers .244 Jeff Conine's batting average with runners in scoring position. 23-41 Jason Johnson's record as an Oriole. 12 Rookies on the expanded Orioles roster. 4-1 Sidney Ponson's record since the All-Star break. .312 Jerry Hairston's batting average since the All-Star break.
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July 9, 2006
A reader wanted to know about the Orioles' success rate with a runner on third base and one out. Unless someone is willing to watch video of every game, and that's too harsh a punishment, I'm told there's no way to garner those figures. Kevin Behan of the Orioles' public relations staff said the Orioles rank seventh in the American League with a .274 average with runners in scoring position. They're batting .273 with runners in scoring position and fewer than two outs. It must have been .450 before the White Sox series.
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By RICK MAESE | April 18, 2006
Half the time he looks like a future All-Star. Half the time he looks like a future minor leaguer. We're left with one question to ponder: Can an arm suffer from multiple-personality disorder? If you were worried about Daniel Cabrera, there were plenty of moments last night that should have suspended those fears. But in the end, the most important pitches weren't the flashiest. All night the fastball was fast - 95-99 mph - and the slider was sliding. But it wasn't the 1 2/3 innings in the first, second, fifth and sixth that should re-ignite hope.
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By STEPHEN WHYNO | April 27, 2007
Gamble backfires With runners on second and third and one out in the eighth inning, the Orioles opted to walk Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek and pitch to center fielder Wily Mo Pena. Pena proceeded to rip Chris Ray's pitch 430 feet into the stands in left-center to turn a one-run deficit into a 5-2 Red Sox lead. Pena's grand slam was devastating, as Orioles pitchers allowed only five hits until Pena's shot broke the game open. Missed opportunities While the Orioles were able to score two runs over the first three innings, their bats often froze in clutch situations.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2013
While the Orioles have scored enough runs to win the past two nights - efforts beset by shaky starting pitching - the funk that their hitters are in with men on base in back-to-back losses to the Texas Rangers might have been most frustrating. The Orioles lost their sixth game in their past eight Tuesday night, an 8-4 defeat in front of an announced 29,160 at Camden Yards. For the second straight night, the Orioles were on the verge of breaking through against a Texas starter but let early opportunities slip away.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2012
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles had an idea of what to expect from Taiwanese left-hander Wei-Yin Chen in his first major league season. But the 27-year-old rookie set a high standard for himself. After striking out a career-high 12 batters on Sunday in Baltimore, he expressed his frustration in being unable to go six innings. After starts, he's regularly said through his interpreter that he measures his success by how deep he's able to go into games. In Saturday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, Chen wasted few pitches, working ahead in the count and challenging an aggressive Tampa Bay lineup, leading the Orioles to a 4-0 win over the Rays in front of an announced crowd of 20,612.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2012
After the kind of night that Mark Reynolds had in Friday's 2-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays - in which the Orioles first baseman was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts while stranding six base runners - it seems as if Reynolds is at the plate an awful lot in key situations, and most of the times leaving Orioles fans disappointed. “We had a bunch of chances,” Reynolds said. “I know I had a lot of chances tonight; we just didn't come through. I know we got to get better; I got to get better in those situations.
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By Zach Helfand and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2012
NEW YORK - For only the second time since the Orioles moved to Baltimore, they went hitless in at least 15 at-bats with runners in scoring position in Wednesday's 12-3 loss to the Yankees. Like Tuesday, the runners, the instruments for another comeback, were there for the Orioles. It started in the second, the same inning in which the Orioles scored seven runs Tuesday and never looked back. On Wednesday, they drove in just one in the inning, on a ground out. Two runners got aboard in the third, and another pair was on in the fourth, and then again in the fifth.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2010
A mere glance at the lineups before Wednesday afternoon's series finale between the Orioles and San Francisco Giants foreshadowed a predictable outcome for the visiting team at sun-drenched AT&T Park. Tim Lincecum, the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner with the floppy hair and devastating arsenal of pitches, was on the mound for the Giants, facing an Orioles lineup that included three hitters hovering near the Mendoza line and a starting pitcher with one career hit. Yet, three hours later, after catcher Matt Wieters became the Orioles' 15th strikeout victim to end a 6-3 loss and another dropped series, the occupants of the visiting clubhouse all expressed the belief that they had just been part of a game they should have won. Instead, they fell for the 17th time in the past 20 contests and remain winless in their past 11 series.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2010
Luke Scott waved the paper in his right hand, a tangible example of the Orioles' offensive frustration, evidence in his mind that he and his fellow scuffling hitters simply can't catch a break. For the 20th time this season, the Orioles lost a game because they failed to score more than a run, this time wasting a strong performance by rookie Brian Matusz while falling to the New York Mets, 3-1. They were victimized by a botched defensive play and another unheralded pitcher.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2010
Even before rookie pitcher Brian Matusz 's ill-fated throw to first base in the fifth inning, the Orioles appeared doomed after three of their best players had opportunities to break open the game against the New York Yankees and they all swung and missed. Orioles pitchers simply have no margin for error, as Matusz found out again Tuesday night when his poor throw to first cost the team another game that it had every opportunity to win. The Yankees got the go-ahead run in a 4-1 victory before an announced 43,260 when Matusz tossed Ramiro Pena's sacrifice-bunt attempt into right field, but that was just one in a series of inept moments — most of them on the offensive end — that showed the Orioles for the last-place team that they are. "In the game, no matter how good you play, there's no room for error," Orioles third baseman Miguel Tejada said.
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