• May

    O's fall 3 under .500; The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

    The Orioles fell to three games under .500 at 14-17, with a 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay. The Rays (in 2nd place within the American League East) are now 3.5 games ahead of Baltimore.

    The O's offense was able to manage just 3 hits in 7.1 innings against the Tampa starter James Shields. The Rays were able to put 3 runs on the board in the 2nd inning, when Britton was consistently getting behind the Tampa hitters.

    The Good:

    1) Reynolds had a walk for the fourth straight game.

    2) Lee had a homer and a walk. The HR was his second in the last 5 games.

    3) Britton had went at-least 6 innings in each of his previous 6 outings. Tonight, he was only able to go 5.1. It was another start where I did not think Britton was particularly 'on', but he still manged to keep the O's in the game. The 2nd inning could have been worse. After that inning (especially dealing with the weather), it would not have been shocking to see the night completely get away from him. It speaks well to him that he continued to battle.

    3a) Britton went 5.1 innings, allowed 4 hits, 3 er, 1 hr, 1 bb, with 4 k's.  He forced 9 grounders.

    4) Berken had allowed at-least an er in 4 of his last 5 outings. Tonight he went 1.1 innings and was not scored on. (3 hits, 1 bb, 2 k's). Rapada has had his issues, but he did his job tonight getting Damon in the 7th.

    5) Jones extended his hitting streak to 5 games.

    6) Guerrero had two doubles.

    The Bad:

    1) After allowing the lead-off double to Longoria in the 2nd, Britton fell behind both Upton, and Guyer 3-0. Both hitters made Britton pay. To start the 3rd, Britton walked Zobrist.

    2) Wieters hit into an inning-ending double-play in the 7th. With his 0 for 3, Wieters is now 1 for his last 16.

    3) Uehara allowed a HR for the 3rd time this year, and 3rd time in his last 4 outings. 3 homers in 11.2 innings of total work is too much. Damon was looking for something to pull, the location of the pitch was poor.

    The Ugly:

    1) Down 3-0, Jones could not allow himself to be picked-off at 1st in the bottom of the 2nd.

    2) In the Tampa 5th, I was questioning why the game had not been delayed. The conditions on the field were not good.  E. Johnson reached first on Britton's throwing error. I'm not sure Britton has that error if the field was not slick. Johnson would steal second, and would have been out, but Wieters throw was altered slightly and Roberts had trouble recovering the ball. In the Tampa 6th, runners were able to advance to 2nd and 3rd when Wieters was not able to block a Berken wild-pitch. I can not definitively say the weather impacted that play, but it could not have helped.

    2a) The field was unfair to both sides by the way. When the O's batted in the bottom of the 6th, there were actual puddles in the infield.

    3) Accardo walked Longoria to start the 8th. He then struck out Upton, and got Joyce to ground-out, before walking Shoppach. Kotchman singles and the Rays pushed their lead back to 3.  When the opposition beats you, you tip the cap. When you beat yourself, it is just frustrating.

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