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Player of the Game: Felix Hernandez (2.250 NRuns: 1.867 pitching, 0.383 fielding). 2.92 EXERA
Seattle Outfield (Saunders, Langerhans, Ichiro): 4.671 NRuns
Orioles Player of the Game: Corey Patterson (2.213 NRuns: 0.805 hitting, 1.517 fielding, -0.109 running)
Orioles with more than 2.000 NRuns: 3 (Patterson, Ty Wigginton, Luke Scott)
Orioles Luckbox: 1.183 NRuns
Goat: Rob Johnson (-1.889 NRuns: -1.007 hitting, -0.882 fielding)
Felix Hernandez had one of his best starts of the season, the offense picked him up with five runs off a bad performance from Kevin Millwood, and it all went to waste with help from Rob Johnson and Brandon League.
League, usually solid, got some bad luck early in his outing and he made it worse with two cardinal sins in the fatal 8th inning: A line drive that led to a base hit, and a walk that loaded the bases. Short of walking in a run, the worst situation to walk a guy is with two men on, as said walk loads the bases. And sure enough, the walk set up Luke Scott's backbreaking grand slam. That's why you can't allow line drives and bases loading walks, Brandon.
And Rob Johnson... Rob Johnson produced a change in the Net Runs scoring rules regarding wild pitches. Previously, wild pitches were credited to the pitcher as, while some wild pitches hit the dirt and could be stopped, there are also wild pitches that just sail past the catcher. Blaming the catcher for pitches that far off the plate seemed a bit unfair. But after two blockable balls in the dirt got past Johnson, I decided I just couldn't blame Felix for his catcher's failures. So now I have decided to credit the catcher, not the pitcher, for wild pitches from this point forward save for the occasional judgment call on a pitch well off the plate. Congratulations, Rob Johnson. You're a trendsetter. Now please ask your manager to send you to Tacoma.
Camden Yards' dimensions produced over six runs today. The Mariners, meanwhile, may have driven a stake through their season's heart by finding a way to lose this winnable game, and in turn finding a way to lose an easily winnable series against arguably the worst team in the American League this side of the Kansas City Royals or... dare I say it... the Seattle Mariners.