The Orioles' 7-6 loss to the Chicago White Sox was particularly ugly.
Starter Jeremy Guthrie gave up two homers, both on 0-2 counts.
The Orioles' No. 2 through No. 6 hitters were a combined 2-for-21 with nine strikeouts and one RBI.
And yet, on J.J. Hardy's three-run homer against Jesse Crain in the seventh, the Orioles took a 6-5 lead.
So the real disappointment centers on the eighth inning, when two defensive miscues cost the Orioles the game.
With one out, Jim Johnson walked Paul Konerko, who was replaced by speedy Brent Lillibridge. Carlos Quentin flared a pitch to center that allowed Lillibridge to get to third.
Then the Orioles fell apart.
A.J. Pierzynski hit a fly ball to center that Adam Jones caught. There is no way Jones could have gotten the sprinting Lillibridge at home. But Jones tried anyway. The throw was way off line, and it allowed Quentin to move from first to second.
Alex Rios followed with a hard grounder to third that Josh Bell, at the least, should have knocked down. It got past him, Quentin scored and the Orioles lost.
After the game, Jones and Bell answered questions and accepted responsibility for the mistakes – one mental, one physical.
Here's Jones: "I was trying to get the guy at home. It was first a bad idea because it was way too deep. You got to understand the runners and then it was a poor throw that allowed Quentin to walk into second base. You can't put a man in scoring position, especially that late in the game."
More Jones: "I don't think it was trying to do too much. I was trying to make a play and you
can't make every play. That was just a play you're not going to make, no matter who's running and I just have to realize that and (not) force the issue and it worked out horribly for us."
Here's Bell: "You got to knock it down. On my part, it's just a bad read. The long skip off the grass gave me a longer hop than I thought. You got to knock it down. You got to make the plays. That's the bottom line.
And more Bell: "You can't make excuses. There's no way to put it other than you got
to make the plays and you got to help your team win. I felt like I didn't really do that tonight."