• May

    O's take 2 of 3 from DC; The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

    After Friday, you had the sense that Baltimore's season was in danger of unraveling. Credit the O's for righting the ship the last two days and getting the needed (and expected) series win vs. Washington.

    Today, five O's pitchers combined to limit the Nationals to 1 run - while the offense was carried by Guerrero's first HR since April 28th.

    With the win the O's pull back to within 3 games of .500 at 21-24.

    The Good:

    1) After the Bernadina double in the 3rd, Washington had runners on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out. Tillman came back to strike-out Desmond and Nix. That type of day for Tillman, plenty of runners on; but he walked away pretty much unscathed. The performance (uneven as it was) was basically what you can expect and hope for out of a 5th starter.

    1a) 5 innings, 6 hits, 1 er, 2 bb's, with 4 k's for Tillman. He has now allowed 2 er in his last 16 innings of work to lower his season ERA to 4.95.

    2) Nice catch from Markakis to start the 2nd, taking away extra-bases from Ramos.

    3) For the 4th straight game, Reynolds had a double.

    4) Scott showed good reactions, catching the Rodriguez liner in the 3rd.

    5) The O's went to the bottom of the 7th down 1-0. Markakis started the inning with a liner to right, and Guerrero followed by depositing a 0-2 pitch into the LF seats for a 2-1 Baltimore lead.

    6) Accardo, Johnson, and Uehara all had scoreless innings of relief.

    7) Gregg closed out the 9th for his 8th save. The game ended with a strike-out, throw-out double play.

    The Bad:

    1) Hardest ball for OF's is the ball straight at them, and that showed with Jones in the first. Just a bad read off the bat on Desmond's double.

    2) With runners on 2nd and 3rd and 2 out in the 2nd, Hardy was unable to give the O's the lead.

    3) After the Werth double to lead off the 4th, Tillman walked Ramos.  Tillman came back to get a pop up from Morse, before hitting Espinosa to load the bases. Tillman had to leave the game after the 5th inning, largely in part to his elevated pitch-count (97 pitches, 61 strikes).

    4) Pie struck-out with the bases loaded to end the 7th. Obviously would have liked to have seen the O's increase the lead there. With the 0-4, Pie is now 5 for his last 30.

    5) Gregg walked the potential tying run Stairs in the 9th. Gregg has now pitched 18.1 innings and allowed 13 walks. He went 3-2 to each of the first three hitters.

    The Ugly:



    The O's begin a 3 game series vs. Kansas City at home Tuesday night. After that series, Baltimore will head west with trips to Oakland, and Seattle to end the Month.

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