Archive for June, 2009

Orioles Shut Down By Red Sox, 4-0

June 30, 2009

Jason Berken goes to 1-5 on the season.

Not much to say about this one. Jon Lester was dominant for the Sox and then their bullpen finished the job. We managed to collect 6 hits, all singles. Nick Markakis had one, Nolan Riemold had one, Matt Wieters had one, Robert Andino had one, and Ty Wiggington had two. I think this was just a case of running into a really good pitcher when he was on top of his game.

Berken was in trouble most of the time he was in the game, but he did alright escaping some jams. He gave up 8 hits, 2 walks, and hit 2 batters,  totaling all 4 runs the Red Sox scored, in 5 innings. He struck out 3 batters. Brian Bass came in and shut out the Sox for 3 innings. Berken might be the odd man out of the rotation when Koji Uehara comes back from the disabled list. I could see him going to the bullpen, but they might send him back down so he can keep starting. Chris Ray pitched a scoreless 9th.

Player of the game: Brian Bass (3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, BB (3.75 ERA))

The O’s look for some better luck tonight with Rich Hill (3-2, 6.03) on the mound against John Smoltz (0-1, 9.00) for Boston.

Down On The Farm: June 29th

June 30, 2009

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AAA Norfolk 6, Lehigh Valley 1

RHP Andy Mitchell: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, W (5-2) (4.01 ERA)
1B Brandon Snyder: 2-4, R, RBI, double (4) (.220 AVG)
2B Melvin Dorta: 1-4, grand slam HR (3) (.298 AVG)

AA Bowie 5, Altoona 1

LHP Bobby Livingston: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, W (6-2) (3.62 ERA)
RHP Ryohei Tanaka: 2 IP, K (0.00 ERA) – Tanaka should probably be moved up to AAA soon.
1B Eric Crozier: 3-3, BB, 2 run HR (3) (.333 AVG) – CF Dave Krynzel also hit his 6th HR and RF Ambriorix Conception his 5th.

High A Frederick 3, Wilmington 7

LHP Zach Britton: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, 9 K (2.14 ERA)
C Caleb Joseph: 2-5, solo HR (6) (.328 AVG)
LF David Cash: 3-4, RBI, triple (1) (.242 AVG)

A Delmarva 13, Lakewood 9

LHP Oliver Drake: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, W (4-4) (3.25 ERA)
LF Kyle Hudson: 4-6, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB (20) (.282 AVG)
2B LJ Hoes: 3-5, 3 R (.255 AVG)
CF Xavier Avery: 3-5, 2 R, RBI (.273 AVG)
3B Tyler Kolodny: 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, double (11), triple (3) (.216 AVG)

Short A Aberdeen 2, Staten Island 5

LHP Jacob Smith: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, BB, 4 K (2.84 ERA)
CF Richard D Cleo: 2-4, R, triple (1) (.240 AVG)
SS Michael Mooney: 2-5, R, triple (1) (.154 AVG)

Rookie Bluefield 5, Burlington 8

RHP Vito Frabizio: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, BB, 4 K (0.00 ERA)
SS Javier Santana: 2-3, 2 R, double (1) (.158 AVG)
2B Omar Casamayor: 1-3, 2 R, 2 RBI (.250 AVG)

GCL Orioles game suspended in the 9th inning with the score tied at 2.

O’s Fail To Sweep Nats; Lose 5-3

June 29, 2009

David Hernandez takes a hard luck loss, his 2nd.

I thought Hernandez looked the best he has since his short time with the Orioles yesterday. He can still do better, but if he can pitch like that every time out he’ll be alright. He has a nice easy delivery and it looks like he could really dial it up if he wanted to. Definitely has closer stuff if it comes to that. He made one mistake, which was crushed for a homerun by Adam Dunn that bounced before hitting the warehouse. He had some bad luck in the 6th when Adam Jones made a perfect throw to home which should have been the 3rd out, but Matt Wieters dropped the ball and the run scored. Chris Ray’s struggles continue. He got the last out of the 6th after relieving Hernandez, but served up a solo homerun in the 7th. Mark Hendrickson came in for Ray after that and pitched 1.2 innings, giving up a run in the process. Danys Baez pitched a scoreless 9th.

The other part of Hernandez’ bad luck was the lack of run support, which occured mostly from more boneheaded plays on the basepaths. The Orioles had the leadoff batter on in each of the first 4 innings, but could only manage one run in that time span. That came in the 2nd when Nolan Riemold led off with a walk, Luke Scott doubled (his 8th), and Oscar Salazar singled Riemold in. Then, in that same inning, Luke Scott got doubled off after Matt Wieters grounded out to first base. Scott got caught between third and home and was tagged out in a run down. He should’ve been standing on third and we would’ve had another chance to score. Our other 2 runs came in the 8th when Robert Andino led off the inning with his 5th double. Ty Wiggington singled him to third. Nick Markakis then lifted a sacrifice fly to make it 5-2. Aubrey Huff rips a ball into the outfield which scores Wiggington, but Huff is thrown out at 2nd trying to stretch it into a double. It was obvious he wasn’t going to make it from the second he turned first. If he would’ve stayed at first a homerun could’ve tied the game up, but that ended the inning instead. The baserunning on this team is horrendous and I don’t know who should be held accountable, but its happening way too much and way too often.

Player of the game: David Hernandez (5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, L (1-2) (4.19 ERA))

The division rival Red Sox come into town tonight. They’ve got Jon Lester (6-6, 4.68) going against our own Jason Berken (1-4, 6.32).

Down On The Farm: June 28th

June 29, 2009

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AAA Norfolk 1, Lehigh Valley 6

RHP Chris Tillman: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, L (5-5) (2.97 ERA) – Tillman was cruising along through the first 6 innings. All 5 runs charged against him came in the 7th. The good news is hes been working deeper into games lately.
LF Joey Gathright: 3-5, R (.342 AVG)
SS Melvin Dorta: 2-4, double (7) (.299 AVG)
DH Michael Aubrey: 2-4, RBI (.290 AVG) – Newly acquired Aubrey has hit .250 in his first 3 games with the Tide.

AA Bowie 4, Altoona 8

RHP Tim Bascom: 5 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, L (2-1) (3.75 ERA)
LF Jonathon Tucker: 2-4, R, RBI, BB, SB (19), double (15) (.263 AVG)
CF Danny Figueroa: 2-3, RBI, double (3) (.296 AVG)

High A Frederick 6, Wilmington 7

LHP Rick Zagone: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, BB, 5 K (0.00 ERA) – Nice debut for Zagone, who was just promoted from A Delmarva. He had been struggling with the Shorebirds in his last few starts, but it seems the promotion may have refocused the lefty.
2B Bobby Stevens: 2-5, 2 R, RBI, HR (5) (.301 AVG)
DH David Cash: 2-4, RBI, double (2) (.227 AVG)

A Delmarva 7, Lakewood 2

RHP Ryan O’Shea: 5 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K (3.16 ERA)
RHP Travis Keating: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, K, W (4-1) (1.62 ERA)
2B LJ Hoes: 4-5, 2 R, double (11) (.248 AVG)
3B Tyler Kolodny: 2-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR (6, 7) (.211 AVG)
SS Rodolfo Cardona: 2-3, R, 2 RBI, BB, double (1) (.350 AVG)
LF Kyle Hudson: 2-3, R, RBI, 2 BB (.271 AVG)

Short A Aberdeen 7, Staten Island 8

LHP Nicholas Haughian: 4 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, BB, 2 K (1.00 ERA)
LHP Brian Sisk: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 K (1.80 ERA)
SS Blake Davis: 2-5, double (2), solo HR (1) (.344 AVG) – 2B Buck Britton, 1B Tom Baxter, and LF Lance West each also hit their first homeruns.

Rookie Bluefield 10, Kingsport 4

RHP Jesse Beal: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 K, W (1-0) (7.20 ERA) – Theres some of that potential I was talking about.
1B Corey Thomas: 3-4, R, 2 RBI, BB (.294 AVG)
LF Kipp Schutz: 2-4, 2 RBI, BB (.357 AVG)
CF Michael Planeta: 2-4, 2 R, BB (.444 AVG)

GCL Orioles 5, Reds 7

RHP Daurin Tavarez: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 4 K (0.00 ERA)
1B David Anderson: 3-4, 2 R, RBI, double (4) (.500 AVG)
2B Bo Ford: 3-4, 2 RBI (.375 AVG)
3B Anyi Tejeda: 2-4, R, RBI (.300 AVG)

Koji Back To DL; Hernandez Back From Minors

June 28, 2009

RHP Koji Uehara was placed on the 15 day disabled list with elbow fatigue. RHP David Hernandez was recalled from AAA Norfolk.

Grade: B

Hernandez was the right guy to call up. He only got a limited trial his first time with the big club, and he was pitching pretty well. He was sent down to make room for Uehara coming off the disabled list before, so its only fitting he gets the call when Koji has to go back on the DL. Hernandez makes his first start today against the Nationals.

O’s Gut Out 6-3 Victory

June 28, 2009

Jeremy Guthrie received his 6th win of the year. George Sherrill got his 16th save.

It wasn’t easy for Guthrie. He had to battle while he was in the game and it all started in the 1st inning. Back to back singles to lead off the game for the Nats was followed by a walk to load the bases. Then another walk to score a run. Then a strikeout. But then another walk to score a run. Guts got the double play ball to escape the jam. Then in the 4th inning a leadoff double scored later on a single. Guthrie gave up those 3 runs in 5 innings with those 3 walks and 5 hits. Brian Bass came in to start the 6th and couldn’t record an out before loading the bases on 2 walks and a double. But Albers did a great job not allowing a run to score. He got a force out at home followed by a double play. Jim Johnson shut down the Nat’s bats in the 7th and 8th, then Sherrill closed it out in a scoreless 9th. Those two have been fantastic lately, with 2.39 and 2.05 ERAs respectively.

The O’s brought the long ball to the yard last night with three altogether. Greg Zaun hit his 3rd of the year in the bottom of the 2nd, a solo shot. Hes really been hitting the ball good since being demoted to back up duty. I guess the old man needs his rest. In the 5th, Nolan Riemold crushed a 3-run shot after singles by Adam Jones and Aubrey Huff. It was his 9th of the season. Then in the 7th, Aubrey Huff hit a solo shot, his 10th, to pad the lead some more. A Brian Roberts sacrifice fly finished out the scoring. We must love playing against the Nationals. Every team probably does.

Player of the game: Aubrey Huff (2-3, 2 R, RBI, BB, HR (10) (.275 AVG))

Its time to get out the brooms today. David Hernandez (1-1, 3.95) makes his return from the minors in an attempt to sweep the Nationals against John Lannon (4-5, 3.44).

Down On The Farm: June 27th

June 28, 2009

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AAA Norfolk 0, Lehigh Valley 5

LHP Troy Patton: 5.1 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, BB, 4 K, L (1-2) (5.19 ERA)
3B Jolbert Cabrera: 2-4, double (14) (.258 AVG)

AA Bowie 5, Altoona 1

LHP Brian Matusz: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, W (2-0) (0.79 ERA) – The extra rest after skipping his last start didn’t hurt Matusz at all. He continues to dominate minor league hitters.
1B Eric Crozier: 3-4, 3 R, RBI, double (3) (.269 AVG)
2B Miguel Abreu: 2-3, 3 RBI (.308 AVG)

AA Bowie 5, Altoona 0

RHP Freddy Deza: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, W (3-2) (2.95 ERA)
LF Jonathon Tucker: 2-3, 2 R, BB, triple (4) (.259 AVG)
3B Mike Costanzo: 1-2, R, 4 RBI, BB, HR (3) (.200 AVG)

High A Frederick 8, Winston-Salem 5

RHP Pat Egan: 3.1 IP, H, 0 ER, 2 K (0.00 ERA)
3B Brandon Waring: 2-3, R, 4 RBI, HR (14) (.275 AVG)
2B Ryan Adams: 1-3, R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, double (4) (.333 AVG)
LF Tyler Henson: 2-3, R, BB, double (19) (.242 AVG)

A Delmarva 0, Lakewood 1

LHP Cole McCurry: 5.1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K (3.25 ERA)
1B Elvin Polanco: 1-4, double (13) (.263 AVG)

Short A Aberdeen 4, Brooklyn 2

RHP Kenny Moreland: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 5 K, W (2-0) (0.75 ERA)
RF Arthur Bonevacia: 3-4, R, 2 doubles (3) (.278 AVG)
CF Richard D Oleo: 2-3, RBI, BB (.167 AVG)

Rookie Bluefield 15, Kingsport 7

RHP Justin Moore: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K (5.06 ERA)
3B Mike Flacco: 4-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB (.286 AVG)
RF Luis Ramirez: 2-6, 2 R, 4 RBI, double (2) (.318)

GCL Orioles 8, Red Sox 3

RHP Christopher Schmitt: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 3 K, W (1-0) (0.00 ERA)
SS Anderson Childers: 2-4, RBI, BB (.571 AVG)
LF Edwin Cintron: 2-4, 2 RBI (.273 AVG)

O’s Sign 1st And 3rd Round Picks

June 27, 2009

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The Orioles will introduce 1st round pick RHP Matt Hobgood at Camden Yards today. He’ll sign his contract and make his way to the GCL Orioles to start off. 3rd round pick, 1B Tyler Townsend, was signed yesterday and hes expected to start out at short A Aberdeen. Both players could move up if their play dictates it. Its nice to get these high picks signed quickly for a change. Theres still work to do however, SS Mychal Givens could come down to the wire.

Nats Wake Up O’s Bats; O’s Win 11-1

June 27, 2009

Brad Bergesen gets his 5th win.

Speaking of Bergesen, he again proved to be the stopper of the staff. After losing 3 in a row in Florida we needed a strong effort out of our starting pitcher, and we got it. Bergesen went 6 innings allowing 4 hits, 2 walks, and 1 run. He struck out 5 batters. By the time he left the game the Orioles had a 10 run lead. Danys Baez pitched a scoreless 7th, Matt Albers the 8th, and George Sherrill the 9th. Theres nothing like an anemic offense to get the pitching staff back on track.

The offense really came alive. Every starter reached base at least once. Brian Roberts walked. Adam Jones was a homerun away from the cycle. Nick Markakis improved to 7-9 in his last 2 games. Aubrey Huff had 2 hits and 3 RBI. Nolan Riemold had a pair of singles and a double. Luke Scott had a couple of hits. Melvin Mora had 4 RBI on 2 hits, including a double. Matt Wieters worked 2 walks. And even Robert Andino had a single. It was a fun night at the yard. The offense proved what its capable of. Wieters just missed crushing a homerun, but it was called foul.

Player of the game: Adam Jones (3-5, 2 R, RBI, double (17), triple (2) (.307 AVG))

The series is there for the taking tomorrow night with Jeremy Guthrie (5-7, 5.09) pitching for the O’s. Shairon Martis (5-2, 5.13) goes for the Nationals.

Down On The Farm: June 26th

June 27, 2009

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AAA Norfolk 4, Pawtucket 1

RHP Jake Arrieta: 6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, W (1-2) (3.57 ERA)
3B Melvin Dorta: 3-4, R, RBI, 2 doubles (6) (.295 AVG)
CF Justin Christian: 3-4, R (.267 AVG)

AA Bowie 6, Altoona 3

RHP John Mariotti: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K (2.78 ERA)
2B Miguel Abreu: 3-4, 2 R, RBI, double (18) (.304 AVG)
1B Eric Crozier: 2-5, R, RBI, 2 doubles (2) (.182 AVG)

High A Frederick 3, Winston-Salem 4

RHP Sean Gleason: 7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, BB, 7 K (4.56 ERA)
2B Ryan Adams: 2-5, R, RBI, double (3) (.333 AVG)
1B Robert Widlansky: 1-3, RBI, BB, double (9) (.418 AVG)

Short A Aberdeen 2, Brooklyn 9

RHP Brandon Erbe: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 K (6.75 ERA) – Much better performance from Erbe this time out on his rehab. He should be close to returning to AA Bowie.
3B Garabez Rosa: 1-4, R, double (3) (.296 AVG)

Rookie Bluefield 4, Kingsport 1

RHP Jorge Almanzar: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, W (1-0) (0.00 ERA)
LF Kipp Schutz: 2-4, R, RBI (.286 AVG)
2B Omar Casamayor: 2-4, 2 RBI (.188 AVG)

GCL Orioles 9, Rays 2

RHP Eiri Ramirez: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, W (1-0) (0.00 ERA)
1B David Anderson: 3-5, 4 RBI, 2 doubles (2) (.600 AVG)
SS Anderson Childers: 2-3, 2 R, 2 BB, triple (1) (.667 AVG)
C Dennis Perez: 2–4, R, double (1) (.200 AVG)