Boom and bust

Wednesday night's loss to the Cleveland Indians was actually three games in one. The Orioles were totally dominated by Indians starter Scott Kazmir for seven innings, then showed again that they are a great comeback team before losing in a ninth-inning situation they used to take for granted. It isn't fair to expect Jim Johnson to be perfect -- and it certainly wasn't fair for fans to boo a guy who was probably the most indispensable player in last year's surprising playoff run -- but he did pick a real bad time to walk the leadoff hitter on four pitches in the ninth inning. The Orioles, who had just snapped a four-game losing streak the night before, really could have used another uplifting comeback win.

( Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun / June 26, 2013 )

Wednesday night's loss to the Cleveland Indians was actually three games in one. The Orioles were totally dominated by Indians starter Scott Kazmir for seven innings, then showed again that they are a great comeback team before losing in a ninth-inning situation they used to take for granted. It isn't fair to expect Jim Johnson to be perfect -- and it certainly wasn't fair for fans to boo a guy who was probably the most indispensable player in last year's surprising playoff run -- but he did pick a real bad time to walk the leadoff hitter on four pitches in the ninth inning. The Orioles, who had just snapped a four-game losing streak the night before, really could have used another uplifting comeback win.

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