Written by Bruce Smith (VaTech1994)
The Orioles suffered a frustrating defeat at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 2-0 on a rainy night at Camden Yards. The Orioles returned home from the first road trip of the year and, after a day off on Thursday, opened a three game series against the Blue Jays with a game that didn’t send any of the black-and-orange clad faithful home happy.
The Blue Jays scored two runs when the normally excellent Orioles defense faltered in the fourth inning. Rookie 2nd baseman Jonathan Schoop has done an admirable job thus far filling in at 3rd base for the injured Manny Machado but he committed two throwing errors in the inning.
Chris Tillman started for the Orioles and pitched an excellent game. He showed great command on his curveball getting called and swinging strikes all night long. His change-up must have had great deception as the Blue Jays missed several in the middle of the hitting zone. Chris spotted his fastball very well which helped offset his lower than normal velocity.
Overall, Chris pitched 8 innings, gave up 3 singles, 2 runs, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, and 6 strike outs. He retired 13 in a row at one point and the Blue Jays only hit a couple balls hard off him all night. It was a great performance and he deserved a better fate.
The Orioles’ relievers only had to cover one inning tonight. Ryan Webb retired Jose Bautista and Juan Encarnacion. Buck Showalter then summoned Zach Britton who retired Adam Lind. The bullpen continues to pitch well for the Birds.
I’m tempted to type not applicable in this section since the Orioles were shut out and didn’t have a hit after the 5th inning. However, there were actually several hard line drives and long fly balls hit in the first six innings. Davis just missed two homers. Adam Jones hit a ball that Gary Thorne thought was gone off the bat, but was knocked down by the wind, cold, and rain for a long out. It was just a frustrating night for the Orioles. Overall, the Orioles hit many more hard shots than the Blue Jays but the only thing that matters are the runs scored and the Orioles scored none.
Nick Markakis made a beautiful throw to get Navarro trying to stretch a single into a double.
Schoop had two throwing errors in one inning. The first play was very deep and near the line so the throw was tough. Schoop loaded up and threw a rocket, but it sailed on him. It was a tough error in my opinion as many 3B wouldn’t have had the arm to get the runner.
The second error was simply a young player playing in the rain in an unfamiliar position. Schoop fielded a grounder that was going to be a double play to get out of the inning and sort of side-armed it to Flaherty who was coming over to cover second base. His elbow dropped and he pushed it causing it to sail into the outfield. Schoop didn’t look very comfortable making what is a fairly unusual throw for a third baseman.
The inning with the two errors was the key moment in the game.
JJ Hardy may return to the starting line up tomorrow. We need him back in the field and line up.
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