Archive for April, 2007

Orioles Bats Remain Asleep, Lose 1-6

April 29, 2007

Jaret Wright earns his 3rd loss in as many starts for the season.

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Wright made his first start since going on the DL a couple weeks ago. Apparently his arm was sore before this game even started, and the Orioles knew about it, but he started the game anyway. Wright only lasted 3 innings and 60 pitches before he was pulled from the game in favor of Brian Burres. It looks like Wright may need to go back on the DL, which he should if he can’t pitch more than 60 pitches. He gave up 4 hits, 3 walks, and 3 runs in his 3 innings. He struck out one batter. The only bright spot for the day was Burres, who went 4 innings without giving up a hit or a run. He walked 3 batters and struck out 6. He has looked good lately. Jeremy Guthrie pitched the 8th and just couldn’t locate his pitches. He gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and a strikeout in his lone inning.

The offense was terrible throughout the game. They went up to the plate with no real approach, except to swing at ball out of the zone and weakly ground out. Melvin Mora went 2-3 with a walk and Aubrey Huff hit a homerun (his 3rd) in the 9th inning to save us from being shut out. Corey Patterson had a single and his 5th stolen base, while Jay Gibbons got his first hit in 22 at bats from a single in the 9th. Miguel Tejada also had a single.  We’re not going to win games if we don’t start hitting. When the pitchers are always pitching from behind, they feel like they have to be perfect and that makes them prone to walks and making mistakes. The offense needs to get their act together.

Player of the game: Brian Burres –  4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K

Tomorrow night, the Orioles travel to Detroit to face the Tigers. Daniel Cabrera (1-2, 4.09) faces off against Jeremy Bonderman (0-0, 3.18). Go O’s.

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Wright Activated

April 29, 2007

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The Orioles activated RHP Jaret Wright from the disabled list, sending RHP Jim Johnson back to AAA Norfolk.

Grade: C

Johnson was definitely the right pitcher to be sent down, but how long will Wright be on the active roster before he gets hurt again? And how effective will he be?

Orioles On The Winning End Of A Comback, 7-4

April 29, 2007

Jamie Walker gets his first win. Chris Ray gets his 7th save.

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Erik Bedard might be the unluckiest pitcher in the majors right now. Despite striking out 11 batters and only walking 2 in 6 innings yesterday, Bedard gave up 4 runs on 5 hits. His BABIP (batting average for balls in play) was at almost .400, which is over .100 points higher than the average. His luck has to get better and I would look for his numbers to improve as the season goes on. Chad Bradford got 2 outs in the 7th, giving up a hit and striking out a batter. Jamie Walker came in and struck out Travis Hafner to end the inning. Danys Baez pitched a quick 8th, and Chris Ray struck out a batter in a perfect 9th for the save.

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This game was a little wacky. There was a controversial play in which Miguel Tejada got doubled off at first base on a line drive to center field to end the inning, but Nick Markakis tagged from third and scored before Miggy was called out. At first, the run didn’t count. Then, 3 innings later Sam Perlozzo went out and argued with the umps, playing the game under protest. The umpire called somebody and eventually ruled the Orioles with a run. In turn, Eric Wedge, the Cleveland manager, played the game under protest. The game will be reviewed, and if the protest is upheld the game would restart at the point of contention. Anyway, the offense showed up when it was most important for once. Brian Roberts had 3 hits and stole a base. Miguel Tejada also had 3 hits and a walk. Ramon Hernandez had 2 hits, including a double and 4 RBI. Corey Patterson had another run scoring double, this time to give the O’s the lead. Chris Gomez had a single and Jay Payton had a couple of hits.

Player of the game: Ramon Hernandez –  2-4, 2B, 4 RBI

This afternoon Jaret Wright (0-2, 6.14) returns from the disabled list to face of against Fausto Carmona (1-1, 5.00) and the Indians. This would be a nice win for the O’s, if they could pull it off. Go O’s.

Indians Make It 5 Losses In A Row For O’s, 4-5

April 28, 2007

Steve Trachsel gets his 2nd loss of the year.

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Trachsel pitched a good game. Through 5 innings, he hadn’t allowed a run. He came out of the game with runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs. Jeremy Guthrie came in and promptly hit the first batter he faced. He then gave up a double, followed by an inside the park homerun before getting out of the inning with a strikeout. Trachsel gave up 5 hits, 4 walks, and was charged with 2 runs. He struck out 3. John Parrish pitched a scoreless 7th, issuing 2 walks in the process. Jamie Walker walked 2, but struck out 1 in his scoreless inning of work.

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The Orioles led the game 1-0 up until that disastrous 6th. That run came in the first inning when Brian Roberts singled (he would later drive in 2 runs on a double to bring the game within one run), Melvin Mora bunted him to 2nd, and Miguel Tejada drove him in with a single. Corey Patterson knocked in a run with a double in the 7th to start the little rally. Nick Markakis, Aubrey Huff, Jay Payton, and Ramon Hernandez all had singles in the game.

Player of the game: Brian Roberts – 2-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI

Tonight Erik Bedard (3-2, 6.11) gets a chance to pitch with Ramon behind the plate. The O’s need to get this little slide turned around before it gets out of hand. They’ll go up against Jeremy Sowers (0-1, 4.76). Go O’s.

Hernandez Returns

April 27, 2007

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The Orioles designated catcher Alberto Castillo for assignment with the return of Ramon Hernandez from the disabled list.

Grade: B+

The Orioles should welcome Ramon Hernandez back with open arms. He will be a big improvement over the Paul Bako/Alberto Castillo platoon. And not only for the offense, but for the pitching as well. I’m happy to see Hernandez back, we shouldn’t have any glaring holes in our lineup now on most days. Castillo was basically a given to be cut to make room.

O’s Continue Slide, Lose 4th Straight, 2-5

April 27, 2007

Chris Ray blows his 2nd save and gets his second loss.

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Adam Loewen pitched maybe his best game of the season so far. He carried a no hitter into the 4th inning and ended up only giving up 2 hits in his 6 innings pitched. He walked 5 batters, which still needs to improve, and gave up one run. Loewen retired the side in order in the first inning on 3 straight strikeouts. He finished with 5 on the game. Danys Baez came in for the 7th and retired 2 batters, but not before giving up a hit and walking a batter. John Parrish came in to get out of the inning, and promptly did, getting David Ortiz to ground out. Parrish got one out in the 8th before walking a batter and being pulled from the game in favor of Chris Ray. Ray gave up a single, walked a batter, then gave up a grand slam to give the Red Sox their first lead of the game. A lead that they would not surrender. Ray eventually got out of the inning striking out a batter, 3 of the runs were charged to him, the other to Parrish. Brian Burres pitched a solid 9th inning, giving up a hit, but striking somebody out.

The offense again couldn’t put up any runs, that makes 3 straight games. Brian Roberts led the game off with a double, then stole 3rd base, before scoring on a Nick Markakis ground out. It looked like a good start to get out of our funk. Melvin Mora had 2 doubles on the night, one drove in Ramon Hernandez. Speaking of Hernandez, he played in his first game of the season and played well. On the first pitch of his first at bat, he scorched a double to center field. He also hit a single and walked later on in the game. He was hitting the ball well all game. Welcome back Ramon, we need you. Aubrey Huff, Nick Markakis, and Jay Payton had singles in the game. But it wasn’t nearly enough after blowing the lead in the 8th. Jay Gibbons continues to struggle mightily, I have to wonder if somethings wrong with him (like an injury).

Player of the game: Ramon Hernandez –  2-3, 2B, R, BB

Tonight the O’s travel to Cleveland to face the Indians. Steve Trachsel (1-1, 4.37) will go for the O’s, while the offense looks to make a comeback against ground ball pitcher Jake Westbrook (0-2, 9.15). Go O’s.

O’s Lose To Sox For 3rd Straight, 1-6

April 26, 2007

Daniel Cabrera receives loss number 2 on the season.

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Cabrera didn’t actually pitch too bad. He got through the first 6 innings only giving up one run, on an Alex Cora solo homerun. He seemed tired in the 7th, but Sam Perlozzo left him out there. All of a sudden the bases are loaded with 2 outs and David Ortiz coming up to the plate. Thats where Cabrera’s night ended. His final line was 6 and 2/3rds innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 5 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Jamie Walker came into the game to get Ortiz, and he had him 0-2. But Big Papi worked the count to 3-2 and kept fouling pitches off until he blooped a single into left field. Next up was Manny Ramirez, who would face Chad Bradford. Bradford got 2 strikes on him before Manny lined a single into center field and plated another run. Bradford would eventually get out of the inning on a strikeout, but not before he walked 2 batters. Jim Johnson pitched the final 2 innings for the birds, his first appearance for the Orioles this season, and let in 2 more runs on 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out a batter.

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The offense decided not to show up for the 2nd straight game. With Melvin Mora and Jay Gibbons on the bench, the O’s only managed 5 hits. One of those hits was a Miguel Tejada homerun, his 2nd of the year and first since opening day, to tie the game at 1 a piece in the 6th inning. That would be it for the runs, although Aubrey Huff would hit a double, Chris Gomez would hit a single, and Paul Bako would go 2 for 2 with a couple of singles and a walk. Corey Patterson walked, stole a base, and made a sensational catch to rob Manny Ramirez in the 9th inning, although it was much too late to make a difference.

Player of the game: Miguel Tejada –  1-3, HR, R, RBI

Tonight the O’s face the Red Sox again. This time against Josh Beckett (4-0, 2.55). The Orioles have Adam Loewen (2-0, 3.72) going for them. Go O’s.

Williamson To DL

April 26, 2007

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The Orioles placed Scott Williamson on the 15-day disabled list and called up RHP Jim Johnson from AAA Norfolk.

Grade: C+

Its a shame that Williamson has to go to the DL, he has been successful in his 6 appearances. He has pitched to a 1.80 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 10.80 K/9 in 5 innings so far this season. Hopefully he won’t be out too long and we can get him back into the bullpen as soon as possible. Jim Johnson will take his place. I like this because hes somebody that can go multiple innings and he can be optioned back to AAA whenever we see fit.

O’s Get Swept In Short Series, 2-4

April 25, 2007

Jeremy Guthrie gets the loss, his first, in his first start as an Oriole.

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Jeremy Guthrie pitched pretty well for his first start after being in the bullpen. His stamina wasn’t at its best, but he went 5 solid innings, allowing 4 hits, 2 runs (1 earned) with a walk and 3 strikeouts. One of those runs came when Melvin Mora made an error at third base, then proceeded to throw his arms in the air and not cover 3rd base, so the runner advanced without a play. The next batter hit a sacrifice fly that wouldn’t have scored a run if the prior play hadn’t occurred. John Parrish pitched the 6th and wouldn’t have given up any runs if it wasn’t for another bone headed play. Parrish loaded the bases with 3 walks (he also gave up a base hit), but he had the bases loaded with 2 outs when he got a routine grounder to second base. Brian Roberts decided to flip it to second, where Miguel Tejada wasn’t on the bag, instead of just throwing to first. A run scored, then Parrish walked the next batter for another run. Jamie Walker pitched a scoreless 7th striking out one, Chad Bradford pitched a scoreless 8th giving up a base hit, and Danys Baez pitched a scoreless 9th.

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The Orioles only had 6 hits on offense. 5 of them were for extra bases, but it only resulted in 2 runs. Brian Roberts had a single and a walk, Melvin Mora hit a double, Miguel Tejada had 2 doubles, and Aubrey Huff had a double and a triple. Nick Markakis walked, but failed to continue his hit streak. The Orioles just didn’t show up yesterday. They played weak defense and couldn’t do anything on offense against the lefty. I think they let the failure from Monday night’s game get to them. Hopefully they can right the ship tonight.

Player of the game: Aubrey Huff –  2-4, 2B, 3B, R

Boston comes in for a 2 game series tonight. Daniel Cabrera (1-1, 4.10) tries to break the 2 game skid for the O’s against Curt Schilling (2-1, 3.81) for the Red Sox. Go O’s.

O’s Rally, Then Choke Against A’s, Lose 5-6

April 24, 2007

Erik Bedard gets his second loss of the season.

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Bedard breezed through the first 3 innings without allowing a baserunner. But in the 4th, he came unraveled. He gave up a single and a homerun to start the inning off. Then he struck out Eric Chavez before giving up a single, a double, and an RBI groundout. He walks a batter, throws a wild pitch to let a run score, and then gives up another single for another run. In all, he went 4 and 2/3rds giving up 7 hits, 5 runs, and 2 walks, striking out 6. Scott Williamson struck out the only batter he faced to end the 5th, but he was seen holding his elbow on the bench after the inning. Hopefully its nothing serious. Brian Burres then came on and pitched 3 solid innings. He gave up 3 hits and walked 3 batters, but he struck out 4 hitters and got out of a couple of jams with double plays. Danys Baez pitched the 8th and only gave up 1 hit before getting out of the inning, unfortunately that hit was Nick Swisher’s second homerun of the game. It was an important run, as the Orioles fell one run short on offense.

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The Orioles made a valiant effort to come back, but came up just short. We had chances to tie up or win the game in the bottom of the 9th, but some bone headed plays ruined that. The 9th inning, with the Orioles down 6-4, started off with a Jay Payton walk. Then Corey Patterson doubled down the right field line. Chris Gomez pinch hit for Paul Bako and struck out. Heres when things get dumb. Brian Roberts hits a single up the middle, but Corey Patterson heads back towards the bag at 2nd before running ahead, so only Payton scores. Melvin Mora then bunts for god knows what reason and is easily thrown out at first. Mora glares at Patterson on his way back to the bench, so it looked like there might have been a play on, but I don’t think theres any way he would have made it home anyway. Nick Markakis was then intentionally walked to get to Miguel Tejada, who swung at the first pitch and grounded out to second to end the game. Brian Roberts also had a single and his first homerun of the season earlier in the game. Aubrey Huff had a single and 3-run homer (his 2nd) to get the O’s back into the game. Nick Markakis, Miguel Tejada, and Jay Payton had singles, while Corey Patterson also had a single and a stolen base to go along with his double.

Player of the game: Brian Roberts –  3-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

The Orioles can split the short series with the A’s this afternoon, but they’ll have to do it with the spot starter on the mound. Jeremy Guthrie (1-0, 3.38) makes his first start of his Oriole career. He’ll go up against Dallas Braden (0-0, 0.00) making the first start of his entire Major League career. Go O’s.