The Mariners scored 5 runs in the first 3 innings and decided after that they didn't need to score anymore runs. They decided they could take the rest of the night off. For a while it seemed like the 5-0 lead would stand up. Even though Washburn lasted only 5 innings, he only gave up 2 earned runs. It is nights like this that our bullpen is supposed to carry the game the rest of the way. They did nothing even close to that this game. What they did was come in to the game and give up 1 run at a time until all of a sudden we no longer had a 5-0 lead. In fact the 5-0 lead turned into a 7-5 lead for Baltimore in the top of the 7th inning.
Corcoran came in and gave up 2 hits and 1 earned run. Arthur Rhodes came into the game gave up 2 hits, 1 walk and 3 earned runs. Mark Lowe came into the game when the Mariners still had a slim lead but he gave up 2 hits a walk and a run. We were given a brief glimmer of hope we would actually win this one when in the bottom of the 7th Ichiro hit a run 2 run HR to tie the game. But in the 8th Sean Green decided to give the lead right back to the O's by giving up a solo HR to Brian Roberts. So lets see here... our bullpen in ONE game managed to give up 7 hits and 6 earned runs in only THREE innings of work. Disgraceful.
Who cares that Ichiro hit a HR. Who cares Washburn only gave up 2 earned runs. You CAN'T blow a 5-0 lead in a baseball game and come away with anything positive to say.
The A's are in town this weekend. Batista is up first tonight against rookie Dana Eveland who is 2-1 with a 1.91 ERA. Not too shabby. The boys best find a way to beat him tonight. Lose this series and they could be in some trouble.