• May

    Arrieta moves to 4-1; The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

    Jake Arrieta moved to 4-1, with 7 strong innings of work. With the win, the Baltimore Orioles move back to within 1 game of .500 at 14-15.

    The Good:

    1) Roberts welcomed himself back to the lineup with a lead-off double.

    2) Lee did his part to give the O's their first run, with a sac-fly to CF to score Roberts in the 1st.  After the Reynolds error on Cabrera, Lee did a good job of going back across the diamond to get Aviles.

    3) In the 2nd, Markakis smacked an RBI single to RF. In the 7th, he gave the O's their 3rd run of the night with his 3rd HR of the year. To be consistent with what I said last night, I'll say that I still think Markakis could use a day off (especially if he is hurting), but I greatly respect that Markakis is always ready to play.

    4) Reynolds had three singles and a walk.

    5) Arrieta allowed the HR to Francouer, and the back-to-back walks to Treanor and Escobar in the 2nd. Other then that though, he was strong. For the first time this year, Arrieta got past the 6th.  For the second time this year, Arrieta threw over 100 pitches. For the fifth time this year, Arrieta went at-least 6 innings, while allowing 3 er or less. 7 innings, 3 hits, 1 er, 1 hr, 2 bb's, 8 k's.

    6) The 6th inning ended with Andino making a diving stop, Roberts taking the flip bare-handed, and the O's turning a double-play.

    7) With Lee running from 1st in the 7th, Scott hit a ball through the 2nd base hole. Scott had 2 hits, and a walk.

    8) Heads up play by Jones defensively in the 8th, knowing the ground rules of Kauffman Stadium.

    9) Brought into the 8th, with 2 outs and the tying run on 3rd; Gonzalez did his job by getting the O's out of the inning with the lead.

    10) Gregg closed the game down to earn his 6th save. He was helped by Reynolds who made a nice play to start the 9th.

    The Bad:

    1) In the 2nd, Roberts batted with runners on 1st and 2nd with 1 out, but was unable to advance the runners. After the Markakis RBI single, Andino was easily thrown out at the plate.

    2) In the 5th, Jones was not able to get a two out hit with O's runners at 1st, and 3rd. With runners again on 1st and 3rd in the 7th (this time with 1 out), Jones was not able to make contact to give the O's their 4th run.

    3) Reynolds had his 5th error of the year.

    4) Moved up to 6th in the lineup, Wieters was 0 for 4.

    5) For the 3rd time in his last 4 outings, Johnson allowed at-least 1 er.

    6) The Gregg walk to Francoeur was an example of why watching Gregg can be nerve racking. He refuses to give into hitters (which can be good), but at times can frustrate you when he refuses to come over the plate. The walk allowed KC two chances to bring up hitters as potential winning runs.

    The Ugly:

    None. The O's are 4-2 on this road-trip, and 6-3 over their last 9. Win tomorrow, and the O's can return back to Baltimore at .500.

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Michael Williams

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