• May
    18

    O's fall in 15; The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

    Baltimore headed to the 9th inning down 1-0 to New York, but rallied against Rivera to send the game into extra innings.

    The O's received some excellent pitching from the bullpen during the 8th through 14th innings (7 innings, 0 er, 6 hits, 2 bb, 8 k's), but the O's offense was unable to take advantage of multiple chances.

    In the 15th, Accardo had little as he entered his 3rd inning. One of the best hitters in the game beat Gonzalez to knock in the 2nd and 3rd NY runs. Dickerson was then drilled in the head by Gonzalez, which led to a ludicrous ejection from the Umpire. The idea that that Gonzalez was head hunting there is insane. 

    The O's fall to 19-22 overall, and the Yankees improve to 22-19. Baltimore drops to 0-5 vs. NY on the year.

    The Good:

    1) Britton put himself into some difficulty in the 2nd with a wild-pitch, and the walk to Swisher. He got himself out of the inning unscathed by getting a strikeout of Jones, the ground-out of Nunez. In the 5th, Britton showed a great straight change to strike-out Cervelli.

    1a) Another outstanding effort from the rookie. 7 innings, 6 hits, 1 run, 0 er, 3 bb's, with 4 k's. He didn't have great control (just 58 strikes in his 103 pitches) but he got the Yankees to hit 13 grounders. After 9 starts, his ERA stands at 2.14.

    2) Hardy really showed his arm going across the diamond to get Nunez to end the 2nd.

    3) Playing in place of Lee at 1st, Scott had a couple of nice scoops. In his first ab in the 2nd, he had a double into right center-field snapping an 0 for 13 skid.

    4) Wieters extended his hitting streak to 8 games with two hits. The 2nd hit was a nice piece of pure hitting with a solid stroke to LF to begin the 10th.

    5) Jones hustled and made a strong throw to get Rodriguez at 2nd in the 6th.  In the 7th, Jones extended his hitting streak to 4 games (and 7 out of 8) with a single. He advanced to second with good base-running when Swisher stumbled catching the Markakis fly. In the 9th, Jones reached 1st as the eventual tying run with another single. In the 11th Jones got a bunt down to advance Pie into scoring position. In the 12th he would walk to load the bases for Markakis.

    6) Rapada relieved Britton in the 8th, and retired the one batter (Granderson) he saw.  After replacing Rapada, and walking the first batter he faced - Berken got Rodriguez to hit into an inning ending double-play.

    7) Reynolds worked a 2 out walk on Colon in the 8th, stole 2nd (after Colon had not allowed a steal in 166 innings) and advanced to 3rd on Cervelli's throw into CF.

    8) Gregg was strong in the 9th.

    9) After the Jones single off Rivera in the 9th, Markakis would also single, and Guerrero would tie the game with a sac fly. After the Jones sac bunt in the 11th, Markakis would be intentionally walked, and Guerrero had the infield single to load the bases.

    9a) Guerrero led of the 13th with a liner to RF.

    10) Uehara struck-out the side in the 10th.

    11) Johnson worked through Teixeira, Rodriguez, and Cano in the 11th.

    12) In the 9th, Pie aggressively went after Rivera's first pitch and got out. In the 11th he reached base to start the inning with a smoked ball to 2nd. In the 12th, he advanced Andino to 3rd with a single to RF.

    13) After Hardy and Reynolds both struck out to start the 12th, Andino did a good job of extending the inning and reaching 1st with a walk.

    14) Accardo allowed hits to the first two batters he saw in the 13th, but would strike out Rodriguez to get the 1st out of the inning. He intentionally walked Cano to load the bases, and then struck out Dickerson for the 2nd out, and got Gardner to ground out to end the inning. Really good job of continuing to battle. In the 14th, Nunez would single and steal 2nd with none out, but Accardo was again able to get back to the bench with no Yankees crossing the plate.

    15) People asked after the Boston loss Monday if that would be the type of game that crippled the O's for awhile going forward. I think you got your answer tonight. Baseball is a long season, filled with plenty of ups and downs. The O's were unable to get the win, but showed resiliency tonight. They will show it after this game as well.


    The Bad:

    1)  The 2nd inning started with a Rodriguez come-backer that Britton was not able to field (difficult play). The problem came afterwards when a wild-pitch allowed Rodriguez to advance to 2nd.

    1a) With Rodriguez on 3rd, and 1 out; I disliked the 3-2 pitch selection to Swisher for ball 4. Britton walked Jones to start the 7th.

    2) Bad luck in the bottom of the 2nd, when Hardy lined into a double-play.

    3) Markakis' throw on the Swisher sac-fly was up the line. With the time Markakis had to set-up on that play, I expected it to be closer.

    4)  Berken relieved Rapada, and walked the first hitter (Teixeira) he faced.

    5) Some will be irritated that the O's could not elevate the pitch-count against Colon tonight; but in my eyes he was throwing too many strikes. I'm disappointed that after seeing Colon allow 5 HR's in his last 3 outings, that the O's were not able to get to him tonight. I'm also annoyed that Baltimore hitters were still questioning the strike-zone late in the game. Yes, it was a large strike-zone off the plate, but at some point you have to adjust to what is being called.

    6) Getting beat by Cano happens to a lot of pitchers. After the success of everyone else, you would have liked to have seen Gonzalez not get tagged immediately.

     The Ugly:

    1) Andino was charged with an error when he missed a pick-off throw in the 4th which allowed Rodriguez to advance to 3rd. Rodriguez would subsequently score on Swisher's sacrifice-fly to RF.  Beyond that error, Andino did not look comfortable at 2nd tonight.

    2) We've talked about the lack of run support for Guthrie, but  you feel for Britton who has now allowed 1 unearned run in his past 16 innings, with no wins (personally) to show for it.

    3) After Jones advanced to 2nd with one out in the 7th, Guerrero and Scott were unable to bring him in as the tying run. In the 8th with Reynolds on 3rd with two outs, Andino struck-out to end the inning. In the 11th, Scott struck out with the bases loaded and 1 out. Contact was needed there. Turned around to bat from the right side, Wieters hit a pop fly to RF that failed to win the game. In the 12th, the O's had a two out rally to again load the bases, but Markakis grounded out to the pitcher ending the inning. In the 13th, Reynolds would watch strike 3, with Snyder on 2nd as the potential winning run. Collectively, that is an awful lot of missed opportunities.

    4) The 'Mike You Suck' chants were worse than Gonzalez has pitched. The talk of releasing him is poor. He entered tonight with 318 career ip, having allowed 250 hits, with 373 k's, and a .646 OPS against. He is a quality arm who has struggled in his 12.2 innings of work this year. 

     


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