With Jeremy Guthrie on the mound, the O's had the opportunity to win their 4 game series with the Minnesota Twins, and move their record to .500.
Unfortunately, Baltimore could muster zero offense against Scott Baker and fell to 8-10 overall with a 3-1 loss.
1) Guthrie did what he typically does, give the O's an opportunity to win. 7 innings, 7 hits, 2 er, 1 hr, 0 bb's/2 hbp, 4 k's.
2) Nice double-play in the 4th. The additions of Lee and Reynolds have clearly improved the infield defense.
3) Guerrero hit a ball to RF in the 4th that was dropped by Kubel. At one point in his career Guerrero ran exceptionally well, obviously that is not the case now. I was happy to see that he had enough left in the tank to get to second. Noticed this Monday as well when Guerrero made a double-play grounder closer than expected at 1st. In the 8th, Guerrero knocked in the O's run and was robbed of a 2nd RBI by the defensive stop by Casillia.
4) Wieters extended his hitting streak to 5 games with a 5th inning double, and added a 2nd hit in the 9th.
5) Roberts had a very good plate-appearance working a walk after being down in the count 1-2. He again worked a walk in the 8th, when the O's needed runners.
6) Lee broke an 0 for 8 with his double in the 8th.
7) Accardo was effective in his 1.1 innings of work.
1) In the top of the 3rd, Repko hit a foul pop-up between Wieters and Lee. I'm guessing Lee had too far to come for the ball, and while Wieters made a good effort; that play has to be made.
2) As Palmer pointed out in the bottom of the 3rd, Reynolds missing an 89 mph fastball out and over the plate is an illustration of why he is scuffling. With the 0 for 4 tonight, he is now hitless in the last 5 games.
3) In the bottom of the 3rd, Andino and Roberts had both singled, and Markakis was not able to provide the needed 2 out hit. In the 5th, Markakis struck out (albeit in a tough ab, filled with numerous fouls) again with runners on 1st and 2nd and 2 out. In the 8th, Markakis popped out with Roberts on 1st. When your best hitter gets multiple opportunities with runners on-base, you need him to perform.
4) Guthrie made things harder for himself by hitting Cuddyer in the 6th.
5) In the 8th, the O's had scored their first run and had runners on 1st and 3rd with 2 out. Perkins entered the game to pitch to Scott, and Scott swung at the 1st pitch. If you are going to be aggressive there, you want to see more than a weak grounder to 2nd.
6) I would have liked Pie to PH for Andino in the 9th. Fox would have been fine as well. (EDIT: I totally missed Pie entering the game as a pinch-runner for Guerrero. My mistake.)
1) In 3 of Guthrie's 4 starts, he has pitched at-least 6 innings and allowed 1 er or less. In the games he has started, the O's offense has scored 0, 1, 3, and 1 runs. That is a lot to ask from Guthrie (or any pitcher). Guthrie shows real leadership ability by not pointing fingers and attempting to control what he can control.
2) Baker was very strong tonight. Still, this was an opportunity to win a series and get back to .500. Not being able to get anything going offensively was a disappointment.
3) I'm a Michael Gonzalez fan, and believe in his abilities, but he is a mess right now. When he came off the DL last Summer, his mechanics were much sounder then what we saw in April 2010. Right now, his mechanics are again all over the map. Seeing him consistently falling off the mound towards 3rd base is hard to watch. The time to get him work was Tuesday when the O's had the large lead. The HR he allowed to Cuddyer was crippling. (At-least he came back to get Thome.)
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