• May

    O's lose in KC; The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

    The Baltimore Orioles lost 6-5 to the Kansas City Royals in 10 innings. 

    With the loss, the O's fall back to two games under .500 at 13-15.

    The Good:

    1) Jones took a walk in his first ab.  In the bottom of the 2nd, he made a good running catch to get the first out of the inning.  In the 4th, he provided the two out single which brought Scott up with runners on. In the bottom of the 4th, Markakis was not able to come up a ball in RF, Jones was in proper position to back him up. In the 10th Jones singled to RF for his 3rd hit of the night.

    2) What a superb play from Reynolds and Wieters in the 2nd. The infield was in, and Reynolds showed quick reactions stopping the Escobar grounder. After recovering the ball he spun, and made an accurate play to the plate. Wieters blocked the plate perfectly (again), tagging Aviles for the 2nd out of the inning.

    2a) Wieters ended the inning by throwing out Escobar at 2nd. You would think that the advance scouting reports would suggest to stop running on the Baltimore catcher.

    2b) Reynolds had a good effort in the 7th for a pop-up in foul territory. Was a long run for him.

    3) In the 4th, Scott delivered the needed 3 run bomb to tie the game. That was his 4th HR in the past 7 games, and the first HR Jeff Francis had allowed to a lefty this year.

    4) Brian Roberts was out of the game due to a root canal, and Robert Andino replaced him at the top of the order. For the 3rd consecutive night (and 4th game out of 5) Andino would draw a walk.

    5) I thought Bergesen did a good job of getting past the 2nd inning, and also the Izturis error in the 5th. He limited the damage, and kept the O's in the game.

    6) After 115 plate appearances, Guererro earned his first walk of the year. On a bloop by Jones, Guererro read it perfectly off the bat and scored to tie the game at 4.

    7) Wieters had a strong team ab in the 6th. The game was tied at 4, with O's runners on 2nd and 3rd and 1 out. With Izturis on-deck, I was concerned that Kansas City would not give Wieters a chance to bat. The Royals decided to pitch to the O's Catcher, and he delivered with a smacked sac-fly to right.

    8) Below I argue that I think Markakis should have been held out tonight. Mainly because I believe he was physically hurting, and thought a day of rest might have done him well. If he was hurting, he did a good job of pushing through it in the 7th running hard down the line.

    9) After 3 hits yesterday, Lee had 2 more tonight.

    10) Gonzalez looked awesome tonight. Loving the 'Cobra' rocking motion. Glad to see him follow-up the strong outing he had in Chicago.

    11) Two k's from Uehara in the 8th.

    12) If the O's had an option available to them, they probably would have liked to have pinch-hit for Izturis in the 9th. Good for Izturis for getting on to start the inning.

    13) Good job by Berken to get out of the 9th. After allowing the Pena double, and seeing the Andino error; he did not give in.

    The Bad:

    1) Bergesen walked Butler to start the 2nd. The Aviles come-backer should have been fielded by Bergesen.

    2) On Bentemit's drive to RF in the 2nd, I did not think Markakis moved very well. I know part of that was related to him figuring the ball was A) Either gone, or B) Going off the wall. I think the other part of that was Markakis dealing with a sore knee after hitting an uncovered sprinkler head in Chicago last night. I think this was shown again in the 4th inning when Markakis did not come up with Bentemit's second double.

    2a) I respect Markakis for wanting to play, but I think Showalter should have written Pie's name in the lineup tonight. The 0 for 5  from Markakis did not exactly change my opinion.

    3) Francoeur has a Markakis type arm in RF, and because of that, I did not like Lee's decision to try and test him in the 4th.

    4) With Markakis at 3rd with 2 outs in the 5th, Lee struck-out.

    5) Izturis had an error at 2nd base in the 5th allowing Getz to reach first. The next batter, Cabrera would double, allowing Getz to score as the go ahead run.

    6) Berken's 4 pitch walk to start the 10th was hard to watch. He kept getting the ball back, and working quick. He should have stepped off and gathered himself during the ab.

    The Ugly:

    1) Jim Palmer made excellent points in the 9th about the difficulty of bunting against someone with Soria’s stuff. That understood, if Andino is going to offer with 2 strikes, he has to make contact.

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