O’s Lose Alphabet Series; 6-3

Jason Berken falls to 2-10, joining Jeremy Guthrie with double digit losses.

Yet again the Orioles just couldn’t get anything going on offense. All of our scoring came in the 6th inning. It seems to be a trend that we limit our scoring to an inning or two a game. Aubrey Huff hit a 2 run homer after Nick Markakis singled to get it started. It was his 13th homerun of the season. Not enough for a guy who was supposed to be our cleanup hitter and hit 32 homeruns last year. After Luke Scott doubled, Matt Wieters knocked him in with a single. And that was it. Wieters had a pair of singles and a walk in the game. Markakis had three singles himself. Adam Jones pitched in a single and Brian Roberts had a single and a walk. The excuse that we’re facing a string of good to great pitching is no longer available. The batch we faced in this three game series with the A’s was nothing to be scared of. Sure, they’re some decent pitching prospects but they’re not developed yet and we need to do much better.

Berken was his usual self on the mound. He gave up 4 runs (3 were earned) on 8 hits and 2 walks over 5 innings. Hes just not good enough at this point to be in an MLB starting rotation. The only reason hes in ours still is because theres nobody to replace him. Koji Uehara, Rich Hill, and Brad Bergesen are on the disabled list. Jake Arrieta, Troy Patton, and Brandon Erbe aren’t ready yet. Chris Waters, David Pauley, and Radhames Liz would be no better than Berken has been to this point. Anyway, Brian Bass continues to be a decent, not great, long reliever to keep us in games. He pitched 2 scoreless innings. Mark Hendrickson and Cla Meredith each pitched an inning, both giving up a run on 2 hits.

Player of the game: Nick Markakis (3-4, R (.303 AVG))

The Orioles finally have a day off today after playing for 20 straight days, but they’re right back on the saddle Friday for another string of 20 straight days. The Angels come into town for a four game set this weekend. Chris Tillman (0-0, 5.19) looks for his first win against Jered Weaver (12-3, 3.73) tomorrow night.

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