First of all, yes, I forgot to put Franklin Gutierrez in today's lineup in the previous post. I wish I could say it was an accident. But it was purely out of jealousy. The guy is an all-star centerfielder, he's now hitting third, he just got a huge contract extension and he is adored - especially by females - in this area.
Like the saying goes, "Women want him, men want to be him."
Orioles manager Dave Trembley is on the cusp of being fired. I think he's starting realize that. While his players have tried to defend him, I don't know if he will have a job much longer. After this game, the O's have back to back series against the Red Sox and Yankees.
Today before the game, Trembley let his feelings be known.
“It's time to dial it up and get this thing going in a positive direction and quit accepting it and saying 'it's ok' because it's not ok,” he said. “It’s not ok at all. I’m tired of covering for people. I’m not going to cover for them anymore.”
But Trembley wasn’t finished.
“I’ve been in a position where I’m a really nice fella and I’ll cover and I’ll get questions point blank and I feel like I’m a damn presidential press secretary sometimes instead of telling it what is it, I have to smooth it over,” he said. “I’m not smoothing it over anymore. Everybody here is intuitive enough. I love the players. There are people that want to see them fail. I’m not one of them. I don't want to see them fail. I want to see the Baltimore Orioles succeed. I know the odds are against us but I think we can do it. I think we can do it. That's how I feel.”
Trembley came into Wednesday’s game with a 174-257 in four seasons as manager of the Orioles.
Well, I set the over/under for attendance tonight on Twitter for 21,000. I'm pretty certain it will be under by quite a bit. It's quite chill up here, even with the sun shining.
Felix gives up a run in the first inning - that's not a typo. He gave up three hits in the first inning. One was erased by a double play, but a single from Nick Markakis and an error on Matt Tuiasosopo allowing him to move up a base led to Matt Wieters RBI single. O's lead 1-0.
Millwood goes 1-2-3 against the M's
Now that's the Felix you expect, a 1-2-3 inning and easy strikeouts of Garrett Atkins and Justin Turner.
Unfortunately, Kevin Millwood has almost as easy of an inning, going 1-2-3.
Lou Montanez has his second hit off of Felix - raise your hand if you saw that coming. But a nice 5-4-3 double play started by Lopez erases it.
The Mariners get a little something going with Rob Johnson of all people starting it. Johnson singled into left field and then later stole second -- that's not a typo. Jack Wilson was later hit by a pitch to put runner on first and second. But Ichiro and Figgins both flew out to end the inning . O's still lead 1-0
A tough error for Chone Figgins on a groundball in the hole from Matt Wieters, but I'm sure he'd say he should have had it.
Well, the four-run inning starts off with a walk by Jose Lopez ... how many times we have said that before, less than five times I bet. So Lopez works a walk with two outs, then Kotchman and Tuiasosopo follow with singles. I really thought that Lopez got a horrible jump on Tui's single. So it loaded the bases for Rob Johnson, who hit a soft ground ball up the middle. Tui showed Lopez how to get a jump with two outs as he beats the force play at second and the M's get a run and Johnson gets a single and RBI.
Speaking of things I'd never thought I'd type, how about Jack Wilson ripping a three-run double to right. center But he did just that. Millwood is a little flustered and walks Ichiro and Figgins, but Gutierrez flies out to left to end the inning. He made two outs in one inning. Johnson has done that once this season as well.
M's lead 4-1.
So Rob Johnson puts a frightened scare into Mariners fans everywhere as he tries to field and a bunt, then kind of knocks Felix over and then sort of kicks him in the face. Computers servers aren't equipped to handle the rage filled comments that would flood the internet. But Felix is fine. His hat even went straight for a moment.
Mike Sweeney comes into the inning .033 and leaves hitting lower as he hits into a double play. Sweeney has seen four pitches in three at-bats.
Felix gets out of a minor jam by striking out Adam Jones, throwing a high fastball by him and then coming back with a nasty pitch on the outside corner, it may have been that cutting changeup he was throwing the other start.
Mariners go 1-2-3 in the sixth. The first time since the second inning.
Not much going on for either team.
Felix gets out of the inning at 95 pitches. Will Wak send him back out?
Mike Sweeney is now hitting .100, he came into his final at-bat hitting .077 and flew out deep to center.