O’s Win Series With A’s

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The bats wake up after Game 1.

Game 1: Erik Bedard pitched like an ace again and, yet again, got the loss anyway. Bedard struck out 8 batters in 7 innings, gave up 6 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), and 3 walks in the loss. Todd Williams and Scott Williamson each pitched a scoreless inning each. Despite the pitching being pretty good, the hitting struggled. The only runs came on Kevin Millar’s 5th homerun of the season and an RBI single by Miguel Tejada. Aubrey Huff, Corey Patterson, and Jay Payton had the only other hits.

Game 2: The starting pitching continues to pitch very effectively. This time it was Brian Burres who got the win. He only gave up 3 hits and 3 walks in route to allowing 1 run. He struck out 4 batters. John Parrish gave up a run in an inning plus 2 outs before Chad Bradford came in to get the last out of the 8th. Danys Baez continued his struggles, giving up a run and walking 2 batters before getting through the 9th. Brian Roberts had 3 hits, a walk, and a stolen base. Miguel Tejada had 3 hits, including his 4th homerun of the year. Jay Payton went 3 for 3. Ramon Hernandez had a hit and 2 walks and Corey Patterson singled, stole a base, and scored 3 runs.

Game 3: The offense continued to show off, scoring 8 runs two games in a row for what seems like the first time all season. Nick Markakis singled twice, hit his 7th homerun of the season, and made an outstanding diving catch in right field. Miguel Tejada hit his 5th homer, and his 3rd in 4 games. Melvin Mora also hit a homerun, his 6th. Corey Patterson doubled and singled and Jay Payton had a couple of singles. Daniel Cabrera pitched and went 6 innings. He gave up 4 runs, 5 hits, 4 walks, and 5 Ks. Chad Bradford, Jamie Walker, and Chris Ray combined for 3 scoreless innings to round out the game.

It looks like Leo Mazzone is finally doing what we’ve thought he was going to do the second he signed with the O’s, getting the starting pitching to over perform and pitch good. Now we just need this punch less offense to get a few hitters hot at the same time and we could turn this thing around a little. The next move I’m waiting for is the firing of Sam Perlozzo, following by the hiring of Davey Johnson. Oh, and there is still no sense in having Freddie Bynum or Todd Williams on the team. Get rid of both of them, and call up Jon Knott and JR House. Please.

Next up is a trip to Kansas City for 3 games. This looks like a good team for the offense to stay hot against. Go O’s.

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