Look on the bright side: The Orioles weren't no-hit today. And they didn't allow 30 runs in the game, or 11 in an inning.
Now for the dark side: Two more runners were thrown out on the basepaths, with Miguel Tejada being cut down at home on Ramon Hernandez's shallow fly ball to right in the fourth inning, and Kevin Millar taking a wide turn around second on Melvin Mora's RBI single in the sixth and being doubled off.
They both hurt.
Tejada really had no chance unless J.D. Drew air-mailed his throw into the third row of seats or his arm snapped off at the shoulder, which is always a possibility with Drew. And Millar apparently didn't think Mike Lowell was going to cut off the throw from left field, though that tends to happen.
The Orioles are having enough trouble with their opponents. They need to go a little easier on themselves.
So it's on to Tampa, where I'll be blogging the next three nights. Technically, it's St. Petersburg, but for the sake of argument...
If I had a Rookie of the Year vote, Dustin Pedroia would get my selection. And I'd keep trying to work Magglio Ordonez into the MVP talk, just so Alex Rodriguez wasn't a unanimous choice.
Hayden Penn had a rough outing last night for Triple-A Norfolk, allowing seven runs and 10 hits in five innings in a 7-5 loss to Richmond. But reports say his velocity is good and his arm is strong. He just needs to get a feel for pitching again.
Penn will pitch in the Arizona Fall League, but no word yet on whether the Orioles will add him to their expanded roster. Norfolk's season ends tomorrow. Discussions continue on which players to bring up.
"In 48 hours, we'll know the answer to that," said David Stockstill, director of minor league operations. "But in general, his progression is going to be toward the Arizona Fall League."