We saw Wednesday night how tough this month is going to be. The O's, for all intents and purposes, played a solid game. Jones and Reynolds homered, and Miguel Gonzalez gave his team a chance to win. But the Jays scratched across enough runs and got the benefit of the closest call of the night.
As the O's said after the game, that's baseball -- and that's also why surviving one of the most cluttered September battle royales in baseball history is going to be a nightly, nail-biting challenge.
In a matter of 24 hours, the AL East and AL wild-card races both clenched even tighter. After sitting in first place for one glorious Wednesday in September, the O's could finish this weekend on the outside of both races and scrambling to catch up.
Of course, they'll have 40,000+ in their corner tonight, and those fans will be full of hope. Kind of like an Opening Day, but something you don't expect to see in these parts on Sept. 6.
Inside the enemy clubhouses
Tweet of the night
Adam Jones (@SimplyAJ10): Back in the USA. Ahhhhhhhhhh (at 1:46 a.m.)