• Jun

    O's crushed; The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

    The winning 'streak' ends at 1, as the Baltimore Orioles were knocked around and lost 8-4, against Toronto. With the loss, the O's fall back to 5 games under .500 at 25-30 and are now 3 games behind the Jays for 4th place in the American League East.

    Life will only get harder tomorrow, when Baltimore faces one of the best pitchers in the American League in Ricky Romero.

    The Good:

    1) Andino knocked in Hardy (who had the O's first hit of the night) to put the Orioles on the scoreboard.

    2) Jones gave the O's their second run with a crisp liner to LF, added a 2nd hit in the 7th.

    3) Reynolds picked up his 29th, and 30th walks of the year tonight.

    4) After Wieters started the 8th with a hard hit single, Hardy had his 2nd hit of the night with a 2 run homer to LF.

    The Bad:

    1) Reynolds was charged with an error in the 2nd. From my vantage point, it appeared that Reynolds did not touch the ball. As such, I'm not sure an 'error' should have charged - but I did think it was a ball that he could have knocked down. He played it off to the side.

    2) After Hill singled to score Rivera in the 2nd, Britton came back and got a double play ball that seemed poised to minimize the damage. However, Arencibia - who had advanced to 3rd on the double play - would score on a Britton wild pitch.

    3) I watched Markakis take BP today, and convinced myself he was going to snap out of his struggles this weekend. The game reminded that things just don't come that easy. A double-play in the 1st, a weak grounder in the 4th, a fly-out in the 5th (when the O's really needed a hit), strikeout in the 7th, weak grounder to end the game.

    4) After scoring two runs in the bottom of the 5th, Accardo gave one right back in the 6th.

    5) Scott faced Luis Perez, who had replaced Villanueva, with two runners on in the 6th. Both runners advanced during Scott's ab, but Scott would strike out to end the inning. Scott had four different months in 2010 with an OPS over .900, but he entered play tonight with his OPS at .730.

    6) After Scott's 6th inning strikeout, Reynolds walked to load the bases. Andino hit into a fielder's choice to end the inning.

    The Ugly:

    1) The 5th inning was a disaster for Britton and the O's. After striking out Nix to begin the inning, he walked Escobar. Britton would then strike out Patterson for the 2nd out. This was followed by a single to Bautista, a wild pitch allowing both runners to advance, a walk to Rivera to load the bases, and a Grand Slam to fellow Rookie Arencibia. Just like that, the O's were down 7-0 and thoughts of coming back seemed extremely unlikely.

    1a) Britton's ERA has jumped a run over his last two starts.

    2) A disturbing lack of production against Villanueva tonight. Does not bode well for life against Romero tomorrow. I'm guessing Lee (2 for 3, with a walk at Bowie tonight) is back in the lineup. Arrieta's struggled with mechanics his last two outings, going to need to see him rebound; and be more like the guy with 8 outings of at-least 6ip and 3 er or less.

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Michael Williams

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