O’s Lose 2 Of 3 From Jays

The Orioles won the first game of the weekend series 7-5. Jason Berken finally won his 2nd game after 9 straight defeats. He had a quality start, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks over 6 innings. He did strikeout 6 batters, but the Jays scored all 3 runs on 2 homers. If he could keep up that kind of a pace, he would be a decent 5th starter, but ultimately his destination will most likely be in the bullpen. Matt Albers has been struggling lately, this time giving up 2 runs over an inning and a third. Chris Ray and Jim Johnson pitched effectively to close out the game, Johnson getting his first save since George Sherrill was traded. The offense consisted of 2 innings. We scored 4 runs in the 6th on a 2 run double by Nick Markakis, an RBI single by Aubrey Huff, and an RBI groundout by Nolan Reimold. We scored the other 3 runs in the 8th when Reimold and Ty Wiggington each had RBI singles and Matt Wieters followed with an RBI double.

The O’s lost the 2nd game of the series in extra innings 3-2. Chris Tillman easily pitched his best game of his early Orioles career. The only runs he gave up was on a 2 run homer by Alex Rios in the 2nd inning. Overall, he ended up going 6.2 innings giving up those 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 4 batters. His curveball and changeup combination was working very well for him. He finally showed alot of fans the talent that has been talked about. Cla Meredith pitched a perfect inning and Mark Hendrickson got a batter out before Danys Baez came in. Baez got through the first inning he pitched ok before giving up the game winning single in the 10th. The only runs we scored were in the 4th when back to back doubles by Aubrey Huff and Nolan Reimold brought in Adam Jones and Huff respectively. It was a well played and well pitched game on both sides, unfortunately we couldn’t come out on top this time.

Sunday’s game was never really close as the Orioles lost 7-3. Brian Matusz got bombed in his 2nd career start. And with Roy Halladay on the other side, the game was all but over after the 3rd inning. Matusz gave up 5 runs in 2.2 innings on 3 homeruns. He gave up 7 hits, 2 walks, and struck out a batter. I’m not worried about it too much, I’m sure he’ll be better the next time out. Brian Bass did a great job in long relief, keeping the Blue Jays scoreless over 3.2 innings. Matt Albers continued his struggles giving up 2 more runs, this time over just one third of an inning. Chris Ray has been pitching great since his return from the DL, and that continued with 1.2 scoreless innings yesterday. The offense scored 3 runs off of Halladay, but 1 came from an error. In the 3rd, Robert Andino reached on an error and then came around to score on a Cesar Izturis double. RBI singles from Luke Scott and Melvin Mora accounted for the other runs.

Jeremy Guthrie (7-11, 5.28) starts in the first of a 7 game homestand tonight against Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 6.31) and the Oakland A’s.

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