Archive for September, 2009

Losing Streak Reaches A Dozen, O’s Lose 3-1

September 30, 2009

W – Wade Davis (2-1, 3.45) L – Jeremy Guthrie (10-17, 5.05)

Davis apparently owns the Orioles. He shut us out the first time we faced him, and last night he held us to one run over 7 innings. Our only run came on a Luke Scott RBI single in the 3rd. We had plenty of opportunities to score but we couldn’t get the job done. That seems to be a recurring theme here lately. Some good news, Brian Roberts hit his 56th double breaking the MLB record for doubles by a switch hitter in a season. Matt Wieters had a pair of singles to raise his average to .294. Nick Markakis, Ty Wiggington, and Melvin Mora each had a single and a walk. Michael Aubrey and Jeff Fiorentino each had singles as well.

Guthrie pitched a good game. He went 7 innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and a walk. He struck out 4 batters and he didn’t give up a homerun for once. Thats a quality start and he didn’t deserve the loss, but thats what happens when you pitch for the Baltimore Orioles in the month of September. Dennis Sarfate pitched a scoreless 8th, striking out 2 in the process.

Player of the game: Jeremy Guthrie (7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, BB, 4 K, L (10-17) (5.05 ERA))

David Hernandez (4-9, 5.20) will give it a shot tonight against James Shields (10-12, 4.17).

Bullpen Blows It Again In 7-6 Loss

September 29, 2009

W – Lance Cormier (3-3, 3.23) L – Chris Ray (0-4, 6.65)

You have to give Mark Hendrickson credit. He was able to pitch 6 innings last night in his 3rd game since returning to the rotation and left the game with a 6-3 lead. He gave up 3 solo homeruns and a walk and that was it. He also struck out 3 batters. Of course as soon as he left the game, the bullpen blew up and gave up the lead. Matt Albers started it off in the 7th, giving up a 3 run homerun over 0.2 innings. Chris Ray finished off the inning with no more damage. Nope, he was waiting to lose the game in the 8th. He gave up the game winning run on a hit and 2 walks. He did get one out in the 8th, but Danys Baez came in and got the other two.

In the 3rd the Orioles tied the game at 2-2. Nick Markakis hit a double, Luke Scott walked, Matt Wieters singled in Markakis, and Melvin Mora grounded out to score the other run. We got two more runs in the 4th on Brian Roberts’ 16th homerun of the season after Jeff Fiorentino doubled. Fiorentino singled in a run in the 5th and Mora singled in a run in the 6th. Wieters had 3 singles and a walk in the game and Markakis had 3 walks to go with his double.

Player of the game: Matt Wieters (3-4, RBI, BB (.292 AVG))

Jeremy Guthrie (10-16, 5.10) takes the stage tonight against Wade Davis (1-1, 4.07), who shut down the Orioles the last time we faced him.

O’s Swept, Shutout 9-0

September 28, 2009

W – David Huff (11-8, 5.61) L – Chris Tillman (2-5, 5.40)

Well if this was Tillman’s last start of the season, he’ll be thinking about it all winter and how to never have a start like that again. He only lasted 2 innings, giving up 6 runs on 6 hits and a walk. Brian Bass came out for the 3rd and he didn’t fare that much better. He also went 2 innings, allowing 2 runs on a hit and 2 walks. Chris Lambert was next and he actually didn’t pitch bad. He tossed 3 innings, only letting in 1 run (on a solo homerun) on 4 hits. He struck out 5 batters. Dennis Sarfate pitched a perfect 8th.

Nothing was working at the plate either. The O’s only managed 5 hits and 2 walks in the game, against a rookie pitcher with an ERA at almost 6 entering the game. The hits were all single. Luke Scott had two, Chad Moeller and Jeff Fiorentino each had one. Brian Roberts had a single and a walk. Cesar Izturis also had a walk. This game was never close and was not fun to watch. Thank god for football season. I can’t wait for the year that I don’t have to say that…

Player of the game: Luke Scott (2-4 (.261 AVG))

The Orioles stop in Tampa Bay for the last series of their last road trip. Mark Hendrickson (5-5, 4.37) goes against Jeff Niemann (12-6, 3.81) in the opener.

Walkoff 9-8 Loss Is 9th In A Row

September 27, 2009

W – Kerry Wood (3-3, 4.33) L – Jim Johnson (4-6)

This was a high scoring, entertaining game. Unfortunately it resulted in another loss for the Orioles. Jason Berken started and got through the first three innings unscathed, but couldn’t get out of the 4th. He gave up 2 homeruns and 4 runs and could only get two outs before being removed. He gave up 8 hits, didn’t walk a batter, and struck out 3. Chris Waters finished the inning and pitched a perfect 5th. Cla Meredith pitched a scoreless 6th. Sean Henn started the 7th, but couldn’t record an out before giving up 3 runs on 2 hits and a walk. Chris Ray finished the inning, but gave up a run of his own on 2 hits and a walk. Danys Baez tossed a perfect 8th before Jim Johnson gave up the game winning run, only recording one out. Hes had his problems in the closers role and even though this wasn’t a save situation, it was a situation where he had to keep them off the board. He might be proving to the manager/front office that hes not capable as a closer.

Recently the pitching has been decent, but there just hasn’t been enough run support. Last night was the opposite. The offense put up 8 runs, but the pitching gave up 9. After a big 4th inning for the Indians had us own 4-0, we scored 5 in the top of the 5th. Robert Andino led off the inning with his 2nd homerun of the season. Brian Roberts singled and after a Lou Montanez fly out, Matt Wieters doubled to score Roberts. Nick Markakis grounded out, then Melvin Mora walked setting up Luke Scott to hit a 3 run homer and give us the lead. We got another run in the 6th on a Michael Aubrey solo homerun, his 2nd of the season and on this road trip. We were down two runs heading into the 9th and we tied it up. Roberts led off with a single, Jeff Fiorentino walked, and Wieters singled to load the bases. Back to back sacrifice flies by Markakis and Mora brought in Roberts and Fiorentino. The way we fought back made it all the more disappointing when Johnson let the Indians win it.

Player of the game: Luke Scott (3-5, R, 3 RBI, HR (25) (.259 AVG))

Can we avoid dropping our 10th game in a row? We’ll find out this afternoon as we’ll also try to avoid getting swept by the 4th worst team in baseball. Chris Tillman (2-4, 4.71) takes the mound for the Orioles against David Huff (10-8, 5.98).

Indians Win Battle Of Losing Streaks, 4-2

September 25, 2009

W – Fausto Carmona (4-12, 6.62) L – David Hernandez (4-9, 5.20) SV – Kerry Wood (20)

Hernandez pitched well. He only allowed one hit through the first 4 innings, then got into a bit of trouble in the 5th. A lead off homerun started the inning badly, then back to back doubles scored another run. They got a third run on an error by Melvin Mora. Hernandez ended up going 6 innings, giving up those 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and 1 walk, with 5 strikeouts. That David only gave up the one walk was most encouraging. As long as he has control, his stuff is good enough to be effective. Alberto Castillo pitched a scoreless 7th, striking out a batter. Matt Albers gave up a run over an inning in the 8th. He allowed a hit and walked 3 batters.

The offense continues to be unable to put enough runs on the board to help out our pitchers. Even when we get a solid outing out of our starters we can’t score enough runs to make it mean anything. We got a run in the 2nd inning on a Michael Aubrey RBI single. He also had a double in the game, his 6th. Nick Markakis finally did something about his power outage, hitting a solo homerun in the 6th inning. It was his 17th homerun of the year, but his first in September. He only needs 5 RBI to get to 100 for the season. Luke Scott and Felix Pie each had a single and a double. Unfortunately, Pie appeared to be seriously injured trying to beat out a double play. He collapsed on the ground writhing in pain. It looks like his season is over, hopefully its not too serious. Ty Wiggington had a pair of single and Cesar Izturis had one of his own. Brian Roberts walked twice, Melvin Mora and Matt Wieters once each.

Player of the game: David Hernandez (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 K, L (4-9) (5.20 ERA))

The battle for worst record in the American League continues tomorrow night. Jason Berken (5-12, 6.41) pitches for the Orioles, Jeremy Sowers (6-10, 4.92) for the Indians.

Swept By Blue Jays; O’s Lose 7-3

September 24, 2009

W – Scott Richmond (7-10, 5.32) L – Jeremy Guthrie (10-16, 5.10)

Guthrie was able to go deep into the game, but the Blue Jays kept getting key hits with runners in scoring position. They were 5-12 with runners in scoring position for the game. Guthrie pitched 7 innings, allowing 7 runs (5 earned) on 8 hits and 2 walks. He only struck out one batter and gave up his 32nd homerun, good for 2nd in MLB. Guthrie started the 8th, but pulled after walking the lead off batter. Sean Henn was brought in. He got a flyout from the first batter he faced, but walked Rod Barajas and allowed a single to Travis Snider which allowed a run to Guthrie’s line. Cla Meredith was brought in and he got the next two batters out to get out of the inning.

The Oriole’s three runs came from two homeruns. Michael Aubrey hit his first homerun as an Oriole in the 2nd inning to give the O’s an early 2-0 lead. Justin Turner scored after walking earlier in the inning. In the 5th, Matt Wieters crushed a solo homerun to make it a 5-3 game at the time. Wieters also had a single and a walk in the game. It appears that he might be the only still giving it his all on the offensive side of things. As seemingly everyone is riding out the year and slumping along the way, Wieters has been on fire. Hes playing his best ball in September. He looks like the prospect hes been hyped up to be. Next year should be fun to watch. Felix Pie, Nick Markakis, and Ty Wiggington had singles. Luke Scott, Chad Moeller, and Robert Andino had walks.

Player of the game: Matt Wieters (2-4, R, RBI, BB, HR (8) (.290 AVG))

The Orioles have off Thursday before traveling to Cleveland for a three game series with the Indians. Game one features David Hernandez (4-8, 5.34) starting for the Orioles and Fausto Carmona (3-12, 6.81) for the Tribe.

More Of The Same, O’s Lose In Extras 6-5

September 23, 2009

W – Shawn Camp (2-6, 3.23) L – Dennis Sarfate (0-1, 6.50)

Well the Orioles had a 5-2 lead heading into the 8th inning, but that obviously didn’t hold up. Mark Hendrickson did a great job in getting us to that point. In just his 2nd start after returning to the rotation, he stretched out to 6 innings. He gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks. Matt Albers bridged the gap to the 8th by throwing a scoreless inning, striking out the side at that. Danys Baez pitched the 8th and after he hit Aaron Hill and gave up a homerun to Edwin Encarnacion it was a 5-4 ballgame. It would remain that heading into the 9th with Jim Johnson coming on to pitch. He struck out the side.. but not before allowing the tying run to score. Back to back to back singles loaded the bases, then he hit Jose Bautista with a pitch to tie the game. Chris Ray and Alberto Castillo combined to squeak through the 10th without allowing a run, but Dennis Sarfate wasn’t so lucky in the 11th. A leadoff walk came around to score on Hill’s double.

The O’s put two on the board in the 3rd to take an early 2-0 lead. Michael Aubrey doubled, moved to third on a Cesar Izturis single, and scored on a Brian Roberts single. Felix Pie then hit a sacrifice fly to score Izturis. We took the lead in the 6th. Pie led off with a single and scored on Matt Wieters’ double. Wieters scored on a Ty Wiggington single. In the 7th Aubrey led off with another double and scored on Roberts 55th double, which tied him with Lance Berkman for the most doubles in a season for a switch hitter. The overall record is 60 by Tris Speaker. Melvin Mora doubled in the game. Wieters had a second double, along with a single. Roberts, Wiggington, and Lou Montanez tacked on singles.

Player of the game: Matt Wieters (3-5, R, RBI, 2 doubles (14) (.287 AVG))

The O’s will march back out there tonight and try to break that losing streak. Jeremy Guthrie (10-15, 5.05) goes up against Scott Richmond (6-10, 5.31).

O’s Pummeled By Blue Jays 9-2

September 22, 2009

W – David Purcey (1-2, 5.31) L – Chris Tillman (2-4, 4.71)

Tillman gave up 3 runs in the 3rd inning and was charged with another in the 6th. He started the 6th, but was removed after the lead off batter hit a homerun. Tillman went 5 innings, giving up those 4 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 5 batters. It seems the team is still debating whether Tillman will start one or two more games. I say let him finish the season and pitch his next two turns through the rotation. Alberto Castillo replaced him in the 6th and got out both batters he faced. Cla Meredith then came in and promptly gave up a homerun before getting out of the inning. Chris Ray started the 7th and couldn’t get anybody out. He loaded the bases, giving up a couple hits and a walk, before being removed in favor of Sean Henn. Henn was impressive. He got out of the bases loaded, nobody out jam without allowing a run. He got a flyout and struck out the last two batters. Bob McCrory kicked off the 8th and continued to prove why he should be kicked off the team. He gave up 4 runs in 0.2 innings on 2 hits and 3 walks. Chris Lambert got the last out of the inning.

The Orioles scored a run in the 2nd when Felix Pie singled in Nick Markakis, who had also singled and advanced to second on Melvin Mora’s walk. The only other run we scored was in the 9th when the game was well out of hand. Luke Scott led off with his 24th double and moved to third on a passed ball. Pie hit a sacrifice fly to bring him in to score. Michael Aubrey, Ty Wiggington, and Matt Wieters each had singles in the game. Brian Roberts, Cesar Izturis, and Markakis added walks.

Player of the game: Felix Pie (1-3, 2 RBI (.259 AVG))

Mark Hendrickson (5-5, 4.47) starts game 151 for the Orioles against another lefty, Brian Tallet (7-9. 5.31).

O’s Swept By Red Sox, 9-3

September 20, 2009

W – Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-5, 6.80) L – Jason Berken (5-12, 6.41)

Berken didn’t pitch his usual game today, he got bombed. He could only make it 3 innings, allowing 6 runs on 10 hits and 2 walks. Chris Waters came in next and wasn’t any better really. He gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk over 2 innings. Brian Bass pitched 2 innings as well, giving up a solo homerun along the way. Dennis Sarfate pitched a perfect 8th and Jim Johnson pitched a perfect 9th. They each struck out a batter.

The Orioles got 2 runs in the 4th when Luke Scott hit his 24th homerun after Matt Wieters singled. Wieters had 3 singles in the game for the second day in a row. We got another run in the 6th after Wieters singled, Scott walked, and Ty Wiggington singled to load the bases. Michael Aubrey walked to get the RBI. Cesar Izturis had two singles and Brian Roberts hit his 54th double.

Player of the game: Matt Wieters (3-4, 2 R (.282 AVG))

The Orioles travel to Toronto to take on the Blue Jays tomorrow night. Chris Tillman (2-3, 4.50) gets his first look against the Jays, pitching against David Purcey (0-2, 6.32).

Montanez Returns

September 20, 2009

The Orioles have activated OF Lou Montanez from the 60 day DL and transfered RHP Koji Uehara to the 60 day DL to make room on the 40 man roster.

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Grade: C

Koji won’t be returning after all. He was all set to come off the DL last week but discovered more soreness in his arm and Andy MacPhail decided to shut him down. Montanez is being brought back with the injuries to our outfielders, Nolan Reimold and Adam Jones. The plan was to shut Montanez down after his rehab assignment and let him play winter ball to get ready for spring training, but we could use some added depth in the outfield. We’ll get a good look at Felix Pie in center and Jeff Fiorentino in left in the last couple weeks of the season.