We can't expect perfection. I'd settle for competence.
I have no problem with manager Sam Perlozzo bringing in John Parrish once Ben Broussard was announced as the pinch-hitter. If Perlozzo doesn't make the move and Broussard reaches, there would be an avalanche of complaints about how he should have summoned the left-hander.
Turns out, Seattle manager Mike Hargrove countered with Jose Vidro, and you know the rest.
It was up to Parrish to get out of the inning, a task made more difficult once he fell behind, 3-1.
Chilling stat from Jeff Zrebiec's Orioles notebook in today's Sun: Chris Ray has an 8.18 ERA in 13 2/3 innings in save situations. He hasn't allowed an earned run in 13 innings in non-save situations.
Let me say again that I'm not a big fan of the first-inning sacrifice bunt. Or how Taco Bell decided last night to put a second crunchy taco shell outside the first one that had a crack in the bottom.
Any chance you could just make a new one? And next time, remember that "fire sauce" isn't a catchy way of asking for mild.
Also, let me say again that one of the best decisions the Orioles have made in a long time was making Nick Markakis the full-time right fielder instead of moving him around or forcing another position on him.
Touted in the minors as being able to play all three outfield spots, he's clearly superior in right. And the Orioles figured this out pretty quick in spring training last year, though they gave him every chance to prove them wrong.
While we're pushing Jeremy Guthrie for Rookie of the Year, maybe we should also campaign for a Gold Glove for Markakis.
Oakland second baseman Mark Ellis hit for the cycle last night. We've all seen that done before, but how often is the last hit a single?