The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the first inning thanks to some small ball. Corey Patterson, who had struck out in nine of his first 19 at-bats against left-handed pitchers, singled to right and then reached second when Toronto starter Ricky Romero was called for a balk.
Julio Lugo gave himself up and bunted Patterson over to third, and he then scored on Nick Markakis' single to left.
That's when the Orioles remembered, well, that they're the Orioles. Ty Wigginton bounced into an inning-end double play, the Orioles' 55th of the season. That's the third highest total in the American League.
Given a 1-0 lead, Jeremy Guthrie allowed a leadoff double to Fred Lewis, but then got two quick outs and appeared on his way to getting out of it. However, Vernon Wells, who absolutely kills the Orioles, tied the game with an RBI double. Jose Bautista walked and Alex Gonzalez and Lyle Overbay hit back-to-back RBI singles, giving the Jays a 3-1 lead. Guthrie threw 26 pitches in the bottom of the first.
So what do the Oriole hitters do?
Take a couple of pitches to give Guthrie a chance to catch his breath? That's what a winning team would do.
Of course not, Miguel Tejada hacks at the first pitch and grounds out to begin the top of the second. Luke Scott and Adam Jones then go down in order on a total of eight pitches.
Tejada is a team leader and all, and he plays his butt off. He also has had a pretty solid career as a free swinger. But he swung at the first pitch to lead off an inning for the second game in a row after one of his starters had a prolonged bottom half of the inning. That's not good team baseball and he should know better. And it wouldn't hurt if Scott and Jones were a little more selective as well