Orioles get the roll, not the runs

It's Game 4 of the American League Division Series, and Joe Saunders is starting for the Baltimore Orioles. This is not a drill.

Also not a drill: Nate McLouth leading off for the Orioles in the playoffs. I feel like that's something I should write on a sandwich board and wear as I wander around the city with a glazed look. But McLouth has been excellent for the O's, and in the top of the first, he drew an eight-pitch walk against Phil Hughes.

The walk led to a bunt, because when you're playing behind Joe Saunders, one run is usually enough. The bunt in question:


That would be a base hit, and it would put runners on first and second with no one out. But Hughes would get Chris Davis, Adam Jones, and Matt Wieters on consecutive fly outs, and the rally was quashed.

In the bottom of the first, Saunders allowed a walk to Mark Teixeira, but got out of the jam by getting Robinson Cano to pop out.

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