Orioles reliever Frank Mata gave up a season high 13 runs, including the game winner in the top of the 6thinning, as the Baltimore Orioles company softball team suffered yet another heartbreaking loss toBig Al’s Oil and Heatingbefore a crowd of 11 at the City Of Baltimore Memorial Park. The defeat brings the Orioles current losing streak to 15 games, surpassing the local Subway franchise andDim Sum Asian Cuisinefor longest in league history.
Outfielder Nick Markakis, who struck out looking to end the contest, was visibly frustrated after the game. “I didn’t sign up for this, man”, said Markakis while talking to reporters at the ice cream stand across the street from the field. “I mean, literally, I did not sign up for the company softball team. I thought it was the list for the annual bake sale. I even wrote ‘Brownies- Nick ’. ”
“I don’t know what to say to those guys in there," said interim manager Juan Samuel at the postgame press conference by his Ford F-150. “Each guy gave 35-percent of everything he had, more than anyone has ever given for a softball game, and it tears me apart when we lose games like this," said the former third base coach in between sips of his can of Coors Light.
Some players have attribute a lack of team unity and cohesion to their recent struggles, and point to the fact that they’re too busy with their day jobs as professional baseball players to have any time to work on a game like softball.
“I don’t want to sound like a sore loser,” said outfielder Adam Jones, “But I’m pretty sure the other team had a couple of ringers. I mean, I bet at least a few of those guys definitely played baseball in high school.”