The Baltimore Orioles lost their 8th consecutive game, and drew the ire of what was left of their crowd by Kevin Gregg's results in the 9th inning.
Chris Tillman started the game, and gave the Birds an effective outing over 6.2 innings of work. Down 3-0 to begin the bottom of the 7th, the O's got back into the game with solo homers from Jones, and Wieters.
That score would hold until the 9th inning, when Gregg would enter the game and allow 2 more Twins runs. Scott would homer in the bottom of the inning, but the O's would get no closer losing 5-3.
The losing streak has reached 8 games, and the O's have fallen to 6-9. To end this 10 game home-stand with a .500 record, the Orioles will have to go 6-3 over the remaining 9 games vs. Minnesota, New York and Boston. At this point, I think all fans of the Orioles will settle for one W and an end to the hemoraging we are seeing between the white lines.
1) Enjoyed seeing Tillman get through the 1st unscathed. The Twins have been scuffling offensively and of course their lineup is missing Mauer, and Morneau tonight, so it was a good opportunity for Tillman to get going. In the 1st I counted 7 Tillman pitches above 90mph, topping out at 92. Considering two starts ago he did not get above 89.5, I'll take it.
1a) In the 4th, the Twins first two hitters (Young, Cuddyer) reached 2nd and 3rd with none out. Tillman did an effective job of limiting the damage done. (1 run allowed.)
1b) You have to feel good for Tillman with his outing tonight. 6.2 ip, 6 hits, 3 er, 0 bb's, 5 k's, 11 grounders. He gave the O's an effective appearance, and earned his next start. I like that Showalter took him out after the Andino error, and made sure his night did not end on a sour note.
2) Lee has yet to hit with any authority, but he earned his 8th and 9th walks of the year tonight.
3) Down 3-0 in the 5th, Roberts had an outstanding ab to go from 1-2, to working the walk.
4) Rapada, who was promoted to Baltimore today, came on as the LOOGY and struck-out Span to end the 7th. Was somewhat interesting as Span entered the game with a .794 career OPS vs. lefties (524 ab's) and a .745 career OPS vs. righties (1,089 ab's). He also retired the side in the 8th with K's of Kubel, and Thome.
5) Jones broke the shut-out in the 7th with a HR launched to left.
6) I'm always interested in watching Wieters and looking for signs of development, particularly against LHP. In his third ab of the night against Liriano, Wieters parked a HR 400+ feet away.
7) Andino had 2 hits, with the second one ending Liriano's night.
8) Jones had another good catch in CF tonight. Ranging towards the O's bullpen in the 9th, he caught up with a drive from Cuddyer. He also made an extremely impressive throw from the track, almost making a play on Repko at 1st (who had not tagged).
8a) Jones throw there got away from Lee, and Wieters did his job by backing-up effectively.
9) Scott homered in a PinchHit apperance for Andino in the 9th.
1) Immediately after Lee's walk in the 1st (and with Roberts also on), Guerrero again swung (and missed) at the first pitch he saw. In the 6th (again after a Lee walk) Guerrero would hit into a double-play.
2) Similar to Guerrero earlier in the game, Markakis swung at the first pitch he saw after Roberts' walk in the 5th. Down 3 runs with two runners on, this was an opportunity to get back into the game.
3) The Andino error in the 7th was interesting. He played the ball to the side, and then uncorked a throw into the 1st base stands.
4) The O's have struggled scoring runs in-general, and also specifically struggled hitting with runners in scoring position (especially with 2 out). By definition the success rate is going to be low in that situation, but this simply has to improve. Lee had the latest opportunity in the 7th.
1) Gregg entered the game in the 9th, and walked Young to start the inning. That leadoff walk (in the form of PR Jason Repko) would come around to score pushing the lead back to two. With runners on 1st, and 2nd, he would then walk the 9th place hitter Casilla forcing the based loaded. It got uglier when he bounced a pitch several feet in-front of the mound, allowing the Twins 5th run to score.
2) Orioles Hangout poster 'Drungo Hazewood' reminded us earlier today of the following:
On April 18, 2010, the Rangers were 12th in the AL in runs scored. They finished 4th.
On April 18, 2009 the Angels were last in the AL in runs scored. They finished 2nd.
On April 18, 2008 the Marlins were 11th in the NL in runs scored. They finished 5th.
On April 18, 2007 the Angels were last in the AL in runs scored. They finished 4th.
On April 18, 2006 the Phillies were 15th in the NL in runs scored. They finished 1st.
On April 18, 2005 the Indians were second-to-last in the AL in runs. They finished 4th.
While that will keep me temporairly sane, the lack of offense from the O's so far has been hard to watch.
It was announced tonight that former Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer had passed away.
Whatever your Political leanings, and whatever you think of Schaefer's actions later in life; if you are fan of A) Baltimore, B) The Baltimore Orioles, and C) Oriole Park at Camden Yards, you should take a second to appreciate what Schaefer accomplished.
Here is a link to a Baltimore Sun article from the week OPACY opened in 1992:
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