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June 16, 2011

O's: Reversing the curse...finally

The Orioles finally pried a victory out of Rogers Centre, beating the Blue Jays, 4-3, though not without a ton of intrigue and one big piece of disturbing news. Jeremy Guthrie was cruising along with a one-hit shutout when his back seized up after the fifth inning. The Orioles put him in position to win with two runs in the top of the sixth, but took him out of the decision when a defensive blunder by young Ryan Adams helped the Blue Jays tie the game.

For once, however, the Orioles managed to hold them there and scored two runs in the top of the ninth to end the Jays' 16-game winning streak against them in Toronto.

Adams had a very tough day, making the big error and hitting into three double plays, but he got one more chance in the ninth and poked a single through the drawn-up infield to account for the final margin of victory.

There was suspense to the end. Closer Kevin Gregg gave up a foul screen home run to sizzling Adam Lind to lead off the bottom of the ninth, but retired the next three batters in order to record his 13th save.

I'm not surprised, of course, since I guaranteed an Orioles victory this morning. I also guaranteed a win by Guthrie, but his back refused to cooperate. Hopefully for the Orioles, the back spasm was minor and he'll be ready to go in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 2:56 PM | | Comments (15)
Categories: Just baseball



Congrats on your scientifically-proven predicted win! The Sun should put a Nobel prize nomination in for you.


I'll take the win, but I bet Pete was thinking, as I was ... I will never make a prediction about the O's again.. when Gregg gave up that home run to Lind.

Gregg sucks, but I have this unscientific hunch that Lind, Bautista and perhaps other Jays are on steroids, perhaps as far back as 2-3 years ago and continuing today.

Even a Schmuck gets one right now and then. But heck, a blind hog finds an acorn once in a while!

Pete, you must have ESPn.


Give me a four digit number for the lottery tomorrow. Also, my nephew's wife is pregnant. Will it be a boy or a girl?

Peter: You were clearly lucky by predicting an O's win today. Now just to confirm your skills of seeing into the future, just give us the numbers for this week's Powerball......I don't mind sharing the winnings with all of your readers,.....even Wayne.

The Orioles are 1-0 in games in which Guthrie gets hurt. If he'd stayed around, he could have dished up a three-run homer...

EUREKA! PROGRESS! Now let's smoke those Washington Stiffs like bad cigars!


How do you feel about playing Ryan Adams on a more regular basis to see what the kid is made of? Considering Andino's penchant for the big, costly error and his inability to get a clutch hit, I don't think Adams could be much worse, even though he did have a tough day. I would interject that most days are tough for Andino.

Swami: Are Canucks fans rioting in response to this second setback?

Do you ever listen to the Orioles on radio? Is it me or is it so bush league how Manfra and Angel constanly call the Orioles players by the first name? Luke, Nick, Adam, JJ. it just seems so unprofessional. I would like to hear your thoughts and the thoughts of your readers.



I would love to know how many times the Orioles have had RISP (pariticularly the bases loaded) with 0 outs and fail to score a run. It's absurd how many times that has happed to this squad.

Are we on?

Just once this year I'd like to see the word "sizzling" applied to an Oriole. I guess Jones and Wieters have had their moments, but they were more "hot" and "clutch" than sizzling. Luuuuuke is the guy most capable of sizzle I supposed, and if you had told me at the beginning of the year that Luke Scott would not be streaky this season I would have assumed good things, not bad. I would have been wrong. Not to blast the guy, I know he's trying, it's just painful to watch.

Peter - I miss the blog. What's going on?

Go O's

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