Orioles 9, Indians 8
FIRST: Indians sinkerballer Derek Lowe has thrown 1,577 pitches this season. He called his sixth-inning sinker to Matt Wieters on Friday night his most frustrating offering of the year.
“Awful choice,” Lowe said. “It cost us the game.”
With one out and two runners aboard in the sixth, and Cleveland clinging to a 5-4 lead, Lowe opted for a first-pitch sinker to the left-handed-hitting Wieters. It was a mistake and the Baltimore catcher let Lowe know by sending it sailing out of Camden Yards and on to Eutaw St.
Lowe said he was going with a gut feeling, but in hindsight — and in the moment — he should have tried to make Wieters beat him to the opposite field. Lowe said lefties especially have an easier time just “dropping the head” of the bat on the two-seamer and making contact.
Wieters’ blast turned a…
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