I only "saw" parts of this game (thanks, MLB.tv), but I'll give the 'ole recap business a shot.
Adam Eaton was servicable at best in his first game since duping a few pollyannas into thinking he might have talent. I predict this will become a pattern in which, like so many other scrap heap pitching projects we've had, he is "surprisingly decent" once a month or so, selling false hope to anyone who wants it. The majority of his starts will range from mediocre to downright awful.
Melvin Mora made his triumphant return from the DL tonight and with 3 hits, 2 RBI and a nice backhanded stop at 3rd, played like he was happy to be out of the house (you would too, if you had 6 kids). It was intended for this to be his AAA rehab start, but he got stuck in traffic, so he played for the Orioles instead. Not to imply that he's not a playoff hero or that he didn't have a good game, but - if there is a precedent in team philosophy of letting guys play for the big league team just because they got stuck in traffic somewhere near Baltimore, well...I think we may have found the root of our problems.
It wasn't textbook game all around for either team, with uncharacteristic errors on both sides and a combined 16 runners left on base, but when it came down to being BAD AT YOUR JOB, no one had any game on home-plate umpire Angel Hernandez tonight. O's had a ballgame going until the 7th, when Hernandez called an inexplicable balk on our man, Jamie Walker. I mean, really. It was a straight up bad call. The man was wrong.
Dave Trembley got tossed for the first, and certainly not the last time this season after taking it to Hernandez in what MLB.com describes as an "extended on-field dispute" or what I would alternatively describe as "giving him the business".
In short, F#@k yeah, Diamond Dave.
The "balk" extended the inning, we coughed up the runs, and we never came back. Adam Jones hit a home run in the 9th that was far enough and fast enough to prompt a round of Bull Durham quotes from the Camden Chat community, but it was too little, too late. Shoddy umpiring won the day.
Who was tonight's Most Birdland Player?
Melvin Mora, numbnuts. (3-5, 2 RBI, triumphant return) (76 votes)
Adam Jones, Son. (2-4, 2 R, 1 HR) (35 votes)
Diamond Dave Trembley (109 votes)
220 total votes