• Apr

    O's fall in extra innings; The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

    One day after being dismantled 15-3, the Baltimore Orioles battled the New York Yankees into extra-innings today.  Ultimately though the result was the same. A New York win, and a Baltimore loss as the Yankees won 6-3 in 11 innings.

    The Orioles were embarrassed yesterday, and after two batters today were again down 2-0. That the O's found a way to stay in the game and have a chance to win, speaks well about the team even if they were not able to do quite enough to win.

    The Orioles fall to 8-12 on the season, 0-4 against the Yankees, and 3-4 against the American League East. After a day off tomorrow, Baltimore will welcome in the Boston Red Sox for 3 games starting Tuesday.

    The Good:

    1) After a visit from Pitching Coach Mark Connor in the 1st, Arrieta settled down and struck-out Cano, and Swisher.  In the 3rd, Arrieta made a nice play fielding his position on a slow roller to the 3rd base side from Cano. Arrieta would finish the game having pitched 6 innings, and allowing 5 hits, 3 er, 3 bb's, with 9 k's. It is the the 4th time (in 5 outings) this year Arrieta has given the O's 6 innings, while allowing 3 er or less. The 9 k's were a career high. While the strike-zone was large today, Arrieta's curve was overpowering.

    2) Beautiful play from Reynolds to end the 6th.

    3) Uehara was strong in his inning of work, striking out Jeter and Granderson. Johnson entered in the 8th, and despite the walk to Rodriguez, was able to get Cano to hit into the double-play. I'm not sure Gregg needed to enter the game in the 9th, but his outing was effective.

    4) Reynolds snapped his 0 for 22 streak, with a 2 run homer to RF in the 7th. Like Jones the night before, you love seeing that opposite-field power. As his bat warms up, Reynolds is regularly going to hit pop-ups that go out of Camden Yards.

    5) Down 1 in the 8th, Markakis fell behind in the count, but was able to get on-base as the potential tying run with a single to RF.  On the slow single from Guerrero into CF, Markakis ran hard moving-up to 3rd.

    6) I was happy to see Pie brought into the game to PR for Guerrero in the 8th. If Scott's drive gets over Gardner's head, Pie scores the go-ahead run.

    7) Good play by Izturis in the 9th, grabbing the Wieters throw and getting the tag down on Nunez.

    8) Rivera is a future Hall of Famer for a reason. Today Baltimore had multiple good ab's against him. Scott had the drive off him in the 8th. Jones started the 9th by fouling off several pitches, and working a walk. Fox extended the drama in the 9th, with his Pinch hit line-drive to RF. Roberts got ahead in the count and knocked in the tying run.

    9) I liked the decision to send Andino in the 9th. Cano might have the best arm of any 2nd baseman in the Majors, but you forced New York to make a perfect play to record the out. You could argue that unless you definitively know you are going to be safe, that you hold Andino at 3rd with your best hitter coming up to bat; but I think making the opposition make the play was the right call.

    10) Lee made an impressive play on Reynold's errant throw in the 10th.

    11) Great play from Jones, and Wieters in the 10th to throw out Jeter at the plate. Jones played the ball perfectly allowing himself a chance to put something on the throw, and Wieters did an absolutely outstanding job blocking the plate.

    The Bad:

    1) After giving up the single to Jeter, and homerun to Granderson to start the game; Arrieta looked flustered as he walked Teixeira, and Rodriguez in the 1st.

    2) Missed opportunity in the 2nd when Izturis struck-out with the bases loaded. Certainly a situation where you wish Hardy had been available.

    3) It was an expanded strike-zone for both starting pitchers today. I thought it took the O's hitters too long to adjust.

    4) In the 5th, Rodriguez came to bat with runners on 1st and 3rd with 1 out. Arrieta got a tailor-made double-play ball to Izturis. The ball was slow coming out of Izturis's glove, and Roberts (perhaps with his timing off) was not able to get a lot on the throw to first. Credit to Rodriguez for running the play out, but that play needed to be turned. Since the 3rd out was not recorded at 1st, the Yankees were able to put their 3rd run of the day on the board.

    5) Lee and Guerrero had back-to-back k's in the 6th with their heads flying off the ball. Gave the appearance of guys that were pressing to get something going.

    6) Johnson made 9 pitches in the 8th. Gregg vocalized earlier in the week that he did not feel comfortable pitching in non-save situations. Was there really the need to bring Gregg in for the 9th?

    7) Jones has played a very strong CF this year, but obviously he has to make that catch in the 9th.

    8) I'm not sure Reynolds should have fielded Jeter's ball in the 10th. I don't consider that a bad play though, because it was a quick judgment call from Reynolds. In the 11th Reynolds again had to deal with a weak Jeter grounder. He had to try and make that play. The throw though allowed Jeter to advance to 2nd, and Martin to 3rd.

    9) The Accardo walk to Granderson hurt, as it gave NY multiple runners.

    10) When the game resumed in the 11th, it was unfortunate that the O's were not able to get Cano in a rundown. After intentionally walking Chavez, the Yankees had runners on 1st and 3rd with 1 out. Andino made a good stop on Martin's hit to the SS hole, but his throw into RF allowed Chavez to advance to 3rd, and eventually score on Jeter's swinging bunt.

    The Ugly:

    1) Garcia was strong, and the strike-zone was generous, but the O's helped him out with a number of poor ab's early in the game.

    2) 3 errors for Baltimore today.

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