Orioles: Final thoughts
There are a number of reasons the Orioles lost tonight, not the least of which is that they kept the Royals in another game until it finally blew up in their face. Don't tell me about Dave Trembley taking out Jason Berken after 88 pitches. Tell me about the bases being loaded in with one out in the fifth and nothing doing. Tell me about all those fruitless at-bats with runners in scoring position (though Matt Wieters and Nolan Reimold obviously get a pass).
Tell me about reliever Jim Johnson giving up that game-tying home run to Willie Bloomquist, who came up to bat in the eighth averaging one home run every 216 at-bats over his career.
Oh, and your No. 9 hitter couldn't get a bunt down with a runner at first and nobody out in the 11th. When you're the No. 9 hitter who's known for your defense, that's something you're supposed to be able to do.
So, give DT a rest on the decision to pull Berken. Even in hindsight, it was the right move.
While I'm on the subject, I can't find a lot of fault with Danys Baez. He gave up one real hit after falling victim to swinging bunt that rolled about 40 feet down the first base chalk line and somehow stayed fair for a leadoff single in the 11th. John Buck delivered a two-out single to right to break the tie and keep the Orioles headed due south.