It wasn't that another early lead quickly was turned into a deficit or that his offense again failed to build on a hot start that drew the ire of Orioles manager Dave Trembley on Tuesday night.
Trembley was incensed by a seventh-inning balk called on reliever Jamie Walker that wiped away a pickoff of designated hitter Maicer Izturis and led to two Los Angeles Angels runs, and he let plate umpire Angel Hernandez know how he felt in an animated chest-to-chest conversation. Trembley's first ejection of the season couldn't stop the Orioles' 7-5 loss to the Angels before an announced 11,857 at Camden Yards.
"I've seen it; I see it in my mind. I don't need to see it on the TV," said Trembley, who got his money's worth in his seventh career ejection. "It was a pivotal part of the game. It was the difference of two runs being scored or two runs not being scored, and obviously the way the game is, there's differences of opinion.
"Umpires aren't always right; managers and coaches aren't always right. I know what the rules are; the rules are distance and direction. That set me off. Angel didn't see it. He didn't think he stepped good enough towards first base."
The Orioles' 10th loss in their past 13 games lowered their record to 9-12 overall (3-5 on this homestand) and left Trembley and Walker stewing after the game. Had the pickoff stood, it would have been the second out in a one-run game and Walker would have faced Bobby Abreu with two strikes and nobody on.
Walker eventually struck out Abreu for the second out, but Chris Ray came on and allowed a two-run double to Kendry Morales. That gave the Angels a 7-4 lead and loomed large when Adam Jones connected for a solo homer off closer Brian Fuentes in the ninth inning.
"No way in hell did I balk on that pitch," Walker said. "I don't know if the guy has something against me or what, but no way in hell did I balk. It changed the whole damn game. I may get screwed in the long run, but that's just unacceptable at this level. ... I don't know if he had money betting on the game or what, but that's a horses- - call. I don't even have a damn pickoff move. I think that might be my first career balk."
Hernandez declined to comment through a club spokesman after the game.
"I don't like it when somebody is wrong and they try to tell me they're right," Trembley said. "I don't play that game. If I'm wrong, I admit it. ... I don't like people thinking they are right all the time. They are umpires, they do a great job, but they are not always right."
The alternatives - another blown lead and uneven pitching performance - weren't much easier for Trembley to talk about. The Orioles scored three times in the third inning off Angels starter Joe Saunders to take a 4-2 lead. The inning included a second run-scoring single by Melvin Mora, who went 3-for-5 with two RBIs in his return from the disabled list.
But the offense was mostly shut down the rest of the way by Saunders, who is 5-0 in his career against the Orioles, and three Angels relievers.
Meanwhile, starter Adam Eaton couldn't build off his previous start, allowing five earned runs over six innings. Howie Kendrick tied the score with a two-run homer in the fourth, and Torii Hunter gave the Angels the lead for good with an RBI groundout in the fifth.
"The game plan was good, but some of my execution wasn't as sharp as it has been," Eaton said.
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