A leadoff walk in the first inning after the count ran to 3-1.

A single after the count ran to 3-1.


And then Miguel Tejada swings at the first pitch and grounds into a double play.

Did anyone else have a weird feeling that 22-year-old Jesse Litsch was going to cruise from that point?

The Orioles could have gotten in his head real early. They could have elevated his pitch count and his blood pressure.

Instead, they did him a huge favor.

And this is the way he thanks them?

By the way, do you think Blue Jays fans would have been screaming for John Gibbons' head if the bullpen had blown that 2-1 lead?

Litsch was 5-1 with a 0.96 ERA at Double-A New Hampshire. He hadn't faced competition above the Double-A level before tonight.

Judging by the way the Orioles swung the bats, I'm still not sure he has.


OK, so much for my theory that the Orioles should sweep Toronto and Washington. So much for feeling really good about this road trip.