Questionable Decisions

Picture from today's game between the Orioles and Nationals

By Ben Linton

The Washington Nationals used a four-run sixth inning to come back and defeat the Baltimore Orioles today at Nationals Park. With the bases loaded and one out, First Baseman Adam Dunn hit a two-RBI single off of Mark Hendrickson to put the Nats up 7-6 for good. But this all could have been avoided if it weren’t for a lack of managerial decision making.

In the top of the sixth, the Orioles has gained a 6-3 off of a Ty Wigginton two-run homerun, and had runners on first and third with two outs. Pitcher Brad Bergesen was up, who had given up 3 runs in his 5 innings of work and thrown 87 pitches, which was relatively high. Instead of pinch hitting for Bergesen and trying to add to the lead, manager Dave Trembley decided to let Berg hit, and of course he grounded out to end the inning.

It would be a decision that would cost them when in the bottom of the same inning, the Nationals would rip Bergesen for three consecutive hits and two runs without getting an out. Mark Hendrickson would go on to relieve, but due control issues would not fare any better and blew the lead.

This lack of judgement and a managerial lapse cost the O’s this win and a possible series victory. It makes me start to wonder if Trembley is the problem with the O’s failures right now. He is a very fiery guy that seems to be great with the players, and I respect and admire that. But you would like to see him make smart baseball decisions out there, and today he messed up.

Hopefully the team and manager can redeem themselves tomorrow as the O’s and Nats wrap up part one of the Beltway Series tomorrow.

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