Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Orioles August Blues


OPACY August 29, 2016
The Sun Setting on the Orioles Season
I can almost feel the successful baseball season slipping away. 

I witnesses another lackluster hitting performance by the Orioles last evening which squandered some outstanding defensive plays and a solid pitching performance in a 5-1 loss.

It was good to be at the park, although at times the most exciting thing happening was happening with my Pokemon Go.

It almost looks like the Astros visit to the OPACY two weeks ago all over again. The pitching staff responded admirably with 11 strike outs against a Bluejays team that is definitely gearing up for the post-season, but the hitters were largely ineffective at the plate. 

Box Score for Middle Five Hitters
AB, H, R, RBI, BB, SO, LOB
Bluejays vs Orioles
August 29, 2016
The vaunted offense was stifled with only 4 hits--two by JJ Hardy including the lone Orioles run, a solo shot that food its way out of the stadium. The five big guys in the middle of the order were 0-16 with a walk. It was painful to watch as the Orioles slipped to four games out of first.

September is almost upon us and here's hoping for a resurgence of the power that I witnessed earlier in the season. The playoffs are in sight, but the vision is fading. 

It is definitely go time!

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD
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