• Jun

    Baltimore beats Toronto;The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

    The O's scored twice in the 9th to take a 4-2 lead, and ultimately held on to win 4-3 in the final game of this 3 game series with Toronto. Baltimore ends a 4 game losing streak and improves to 31-35 on the year.

    The Good:

    1) Hardy's monster June continues, as he provided his 7th hr of th year in the 6th. The hr broke up a 0-0 game.

    2) Guerrero gave the O's a 2-0 lead with his RBI double. Guerrero had his 3rd hit of the game to start the 9th. He might be at the end of his career, but he does not give away ab's.

    3) Prior to having leave the game due to injury/soreness; Guthrie was strong today. 5 innings, 1 hit,  0 er, 1 bb, 5 k's.

    4) Reynolds reached base 4 times.

    5) Berken had 2 scoreless innings.

    6) Following Guerrero's lead off single in the 9th, Scott singled advancing Reimold (who had ran for Guerrero) to 3rd. Reimold had run hard getting to 3rd, and ran hard with a good slide on Lee's swinging bunt to score.

    7) The O's ended their 4 game losing streak, and the 16 game losing streak at Toronto.

    8) After hitting into 3 double plays (one the fault of Reynolds' base running), Adams singled in the 9th to extend the lead to 2.

    The Bad:

    1) I don't know if Tatum's base running in the 3rd cost the O's a run, but it may have. What I do know, is that there was no reason for him not to be running full-speed and looking back with 2 outs.

    2) Guthrie walked Hill to start the 5th.

    3) With Guerrero at 2nd and 1 out in the 6th, neither Scott nor Lee were able to pick up the RBI. In the 9th, Wieters, Hardy, and Markakis each batted with a chance to really put the game away.

    4) Guthrie pitched 5 scoreless innings today, throwing just 64 pitches. Him having to leave the game early just made life far more difficult for the O's.

    5) How many times are O's pitchers going to give Lind something to turn on?

    The Ugly:

    1) Zach Stewart was having mediocre success at the AA level (4.39 era, 69.2 ip, 78 hits, 21 bb's, 49 k's) prior to his call-up to the Toronto rotation. The O's absolutely should have had greater success against the guy making his Major League debut.

    2) No excuse for Reynolds getting doubled up at 1st on the Adams fly to right. The play was right in front of him.

    3) Adams blew a sure fire double play ball in the 6th. At a minimum you have to get 1 out there. Both of those runners would score to tie the game.

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Michael Williams

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