• Jun

    O's lose in Toronto; The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

    Down 4-1 in the 7th, the Baltimore Orioles rallied late to force extra innings. However, the O's coud not get over the top, and lost when Uehara allowed a homer to Lind in the 11th. With the loss, the O's fall to 30-34, and Toronto improves to 33-34.

    The Good:

    1) Hardy is some type of hot here in June. With his 3 hits (2 doubles) tonight, Hardy has 6 multi-hit games for the Month. That was quite a battle he had with Frasor in the 7th, and you have to love seeing the opposite field gap power.

    2) Jones provided a sac fly in the 1st to give the O's the early lead. In the 7th, Andino did his job with the fly ball to RF, which allowed Scott to score.

    3) Markakis had 3 hits and a walk. His opposite field double in the 9th, was vintage Markakis and exactly why the O's RF has had 40+ doubles in 4 consecutive seasons.

    4) I would not argue that it was a 'good' start for Jakubauskas, but I think him going 5.1 innings, and allowing just 4 er - is about as good as you can expect from him.

    5) Gonzalez relieved Jakubauskas with 1 out in the 6th, and runners on 1st and 2nd. Despite walking Baustista to load the bases, Gonzalez would get out of the inning unscathed, as he struck out Patterson, and got Lind to ground out.

    6) Scott led off the 7th with another bunt hit against the defensive shift, and unlike the bunt in the 4th - this time I thought it was the right play. In this ab, the O's were down 3 runs with only 9 outs to go. You need base runners, and Scott's bunt provided that. Scott earned his 3rd hit of the night with a scorched single to CF in the 8th.

    7) Reynolds had a single and walk.

    7a) In the 8th, Reynolds fielded the Arencibia grounder cleanly and immediately came home to get the force.

    8) Scott, and Reynolds both did a good job advancing into scoring position on the Frasor wild pitch in the 7th.

    9) An extremely impressive (and important) throw from Wieters in the 7th. With the O's down a run, Arencibia led off the Jays 7th with a double to RF. He attempted to advance to 3rd on a ball that Wieters did not immediately locate at the plate. As he found the ball, Wieters ripped off a perfectly placed strike right on the base. This erased the runner in scoring position, and should have helped Accardo quickly get out of the inning.

    9a) Wieters flat out launched his 6th homer of the year into the second deck in Toronto's LF stands. This was Wieters first extra-base hit of the month. Toronto wanted him to bat from his right-side, and he made the Jays pay.

    10) Down two runs in the 8th, Guerrero walked to begin the inning.

    11) Johnson made a perfect throw to get Escobar at 2nd in the 8th. I was surprised he even attempted the throw, as I did not think he was going to have a play. Overall it was another 2 strong innings of work for Johnson. He ended on a high note with his strikeout of Nix to end the 9th.

    12) Good ab's from Lee (walk) and Pie (single) in the 10th.

    13) Uehara continues to be one of the most enjoyable players to watch with this O's team. He must have really been something in his prime.

    The Bad:

    1) With two outs in the 1st, Jakubauskas walked Bautista with the unintentional intentional walk. With nobody on, I think you make Bautista hit his way on vs. handing him a base. Jakubauskas allowed 4 walks in his 5.1 innings (1 intentional) which is too many.

    2) In the 4th, Patterson grounded to Lee at 1st. Lee wanted to come home to make a play on Nix, but did not come up with the grounder cleanly.

    3) After singling in the 1st, Markakis was caught in a run down. The throw went through to 3rd, but it was pretty clear he was not going to be able to make it to 2nd.

    4) With runners on 1st and 2nd and 1 out in the 3rd, Jones and Guerrero were unable to plate the O's second run. In the 7th, Hardy was on 2nd as the potential tying run, but Markakis and Jones both failed to get him in. With 2 outs in the 8th, Andino was not able to score Pie. Jones expanded his strike zone and struck out with Markakis on 2nd in the 9th. Guerrero followed Jones' ab with another pop up. In the 10th, Andino batted with 2 runners on and 2 out and flew out to CF to end the inning.

    5) Batting with 2 outs in the 4th and nobody on base, Scott bunted against the Toronto shift. We discussed this the other day, when Scott showed this against Tampa - at this point of the game, I think Scott should be swinging away.

    6) Accardo received the benefit of a perfect throw from Wieters in the 7th, but was unable to capitalize on that play. The homerun allowed to Hill was really deflating.

    7) After Wieters tied the game in the 8th, Scott singled. Pinch running for Scott, Pie was able to advance to 3rd with 1 out when Toronto's Janssen threw a ball past 1st. This brought up Reynolds who needed to make contact, but would strikeout looking. In the 10th, with runners on 1st, and 2nd and 1 out, Reynolds would again strike out looking.

    8) Andino showed good range with that ball to start the 8th, but he had the time to set his feet and make a stronger throw.

    9) Johnson got a break when the Bautista single in the 8th hit the 2nd base umpire. Things became more difficult when he walked Lind to load the bases.

    10) I love watching Uehara pitch, but he has allowed a lot of homers the past two years. I would have made Lind go opposite field to beat me.

    The Ugly:

    1) Bad throw from Lee in the 1st, as the O's should have had Bautista at the plate.

    1a) Beyond costing the O's an out, Andino's throwing error in the 3rd allowed Escobar to score.

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