Archive for April, 2010

O’s Shutout 4-0 To Lose Series

April 29, 2010

W – AJ Burnett (3-0)     L – Brian Matusz (2-1)

AJ Burnett just shut us down tonight. In the early innings we were hitting the ball hard but the Yankees defense was making every play possible. But after a while we just couldn’t get anything going, hitting alot of weak fly balls and pop ups. We only had three hits in the game. Adam Jones, Ty Wiggington, and Cesar Izturis each had singles. Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters each worked a walk. Whenever we did have any scoring opportunities we couldn’t do anything with them, going 0-3 with runners in scoring position. Trembley needs to do something with the lineup and drop Jones out of the leadoff spot. I propose a Nick Markakis – Ty Wiggington – Matt Wieters – Miguel Tejada – Luke Scott – Adam Jones – Nolan Reimold – Rhyne Hughes – Cesar Izturis order for the time being.

Brian Matusz gave us another quality start but thats not good enough when the offense gets shut out. He battled out there like he always does and did a great job of limiting the damage anytime the Yankees got something going. New York had a few bloop hits that fell in to make matters worse. Matusz only made a few mistake pitches but it seemed like every time he did they took advantage of it. He hung a curve ball to Robinson Cano that was blasted into the bleacher seats in right center. Cano would hit another solo homerun in the 8th off of Alberto Castillo and he also had a double in the game. Not only that but he robbed Nolan Reimold of a base hit earlier in the game. Matusz went 6 innings allowing 3 runs on 9 hits. Matt Albers pitched a perfect 1.1 innings. He seems to pitch much better in low leverage situations. Hopefully Dave Trembley notices that but I doubt it. Alberto Castillo gave up that Cano homerun over an innings work. He also walked a batter and gave up a double. Jason Berken got the last two outs in the 9th without any problem. He needs to get some looks in higher leverage situations to see how he handles them.

Player of the game: Brian Matusz (6 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 K, L (2-1) (4.40 ERA))

No rest for the weary as John Lackey (2-1, 5.09) and the Red Sox come into town for a three game series. David Hernandez (0-3, 4.84) gives it another try for the Orioles.


Down On The Farm: April 29th

April 29, 2010

AAA Norfolk 1, Gwinnett 6

RHP Jake Arrieta – 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, L (2-1) (1.16 ERA) – It looks like Brad Bergesen is going to get the call to make Saturdays start in Baltimore. Arrieta will get his turn before long. The walks killed him tonight but still a quality start.
2B Justin Turner – 1-3, R, BB, double (2) (.238 AVG)
LF Jeff Salazar – 2-3, BB (.299 AVG)
1B Brandon Snyder – 0-1, 3 BB (.197 AVG)

AA Bowie 3, Erie 4

LHP Zach Britton – 5.1 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 BB, K, L (1-2) (4.32 ERA)
RHP Koji Uehara – IP, 0 H, 0 ER, BB (0.00 ERA) – Another successful outing for Koji. He’ll head to AAA Norfolk this weekend to continue his rehab assignment.
RF Paco Figueroa – 3-5, R, 2 triples (2) (.348 AVG)
LF Tyler Henson – 3-5, RBI (.312 AVG)
DH Robert Widlansky – 1-2, 2 BB (.367 AVG)
SS Pedro Florimon – 1-3, BB, double (2) (.194 AVG)

A+ Frederick 3, Winston-Salem 8

RHP Kenny Moreland – 2.2 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 2 K, L (1-1) (5.30 ERA)
RHP Raul Rivero – 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, BB, 5 K (4.05 ERA)
3B Bill Rowell – 2-4, R, RBI, double (5) (.259 AVG) – LF Kyle Hudson, 1B Joe Mahoney, and SS Bobby Stevens each had singles for the only other hits in the game.

A Delmarva 1, Asheville 2

RHP Ryan Berry – 7 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 8 K (2.76 ERA) – Minor League Player Of The Night – Berry won’t be in Delmarva long if he keeps this up.
2B Tyler Kelly – 1-2, BB, double (4) (.232 AVG)
CF Michael Planeta – 1-4, double (4) (.228 AVG)
1B Tyler Stampone – 1-3, double (3) (.205 AVG)

Back To Normal With An 8-3 Loss

April 29, 2010

W – CC Sabathia (3-1)     L – Jeremy Guthrie (0-3)

I knew we lost this game after the second inning. Down 5-0 with CC Sabathia on the mound is not an obstacle most teams can get over. We never gave up so I’ll give them that. Guthrie got some bad breaks right out of the gate. Derek Jeter tapped a grounder down the first base line that I thought would be an easy out, but apparently Garrett Atkins has as much range as a statue. The next batter lined a single into left field that Jeter would’ve stopped at third on, but Lou Montanez couldn’t catch the ball and it rolled away allowing the run to score. Guthrie’s pitches looked good. He was getting alot of movement on his fastball but he just couldn’t locate. His final line was 4.2 IP, 6 H, 7 R (6 ER), BB, 4 K. Mark Hendrickson came in with two outs in the 5th and a runner on first base. He gave up back to back singles to allow the inherited runner to score before getting out of the inning. He got two outs in the 6th but not before giving up three singles to load the bases. Cla Meredith got out of the inning but allowed one of the inherited runners to score then went on to pitch a scoreless 7th. Matt Albers pitched a scoreless 8th and Will Ohman pitched a scoreless 9th.

The Orioles scored their first run in the 3rd inning on an RBI groundout by Miguel Tejada. Nick Markakis scored after hitting a single and moving to third on Ty Wiggington’s double. Tejada got us going again in the 6th when he led off with a double. He advanced to third on a Garrett Atkins single and scored on Nolan Reimold’s sacrifice fly. Atkins had two singles in the game, so I’ve got to give Dave Trembley props for starting him over Rhyne Hughes against the lefty. Markakis finally hit his first homerun of the season in the 7th, a solo shot to center field. He also hit his 9th double in the game. Cesar Izturis had two singles, his third straight multi-hit game. Maybe he should bat leadoff because Adam Jones certainly isn’t getting the job done. He went 0-4 again last night, although he did record his second walk of the season. I don’t know why Trembley has decided to put a guy that has no plate discipline and tries to hit a homerun on every swing at the lead off spot. Jones still has a ton of potential and I think hes just in a major slump right now, but I think he should be batting around 6th or 7th in the lineup right now to take some pressure off of him. Move him back up once he breaks out of the funk hes in. The guy had a great spring training but seems to be pressing after the ice cold start the team got off to.

Player of the game: Nick Markakis (3-5, 2 R, RBI, double (9), HR (1) (.284 AVG))

The O’s will try to win their first series of the season tonight against AJ Burnett (2-0, 3.20). The rookie sensation is on the mound for the birds, Brian Matusz (2-0, 4.38).

Down On The Farm: April 28th

April 29, 2010

AAA Norfolk 6, Gwinnett 0

RHP Chris Tillman – 9 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, BB, 6 K, W (2-3) (4.05 ERA) – Minor League Player Of The Night – Whatever Tillmans been working on must have clicked because thats back to back great starts. 8 innings last time out and 9 innings on 105 pitches last night. Congratulations on the no hitter Chris.
LF Joey Gathright – 2-5, R (.231 AVG)
RF Jeff Salazar – 2-5, R, 2 RBI, 2 SB (4) (.281 AVG)

AA Bowie 7, Erie 9

RHP Tim Bascom – 5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, L (2-1) (2.28 ERA)
2B Ryan Adams – 3-5, 2 R, double (8) (.288 AVG)
LF Tyler Henson – 2-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, double (5), triple (2) (.292 AVG)
3B Brandon Waring – 3-5, 2 RBI, double (5) (.282 AVG)
1B Robert Widlansky – 2-5, R, double (4) (.362 AVG)
CF Miguel Abreu – 2-5, solo HR (2) (.227 AVG)

A+ Frederick 3, Winston-Salem 13

LHP Cole McCurry – 3.2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, L (1-1) (4.58 ERA)
RF Ronnie Welty – 2-3, BB, SB (1), solo HR (6) (.322 AVG)
3B Bill Rowell – 1-3, R, BB, double (4) (.241 AVG)

A Delmarva 5, Asheville 4

LHP Tony Butler – 4 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K (4.50 ERA)
3B Tyler Kelly – 3-5, R, double (3) (.224 AVG)
RF Michael Planeta – 3-4, R, RBI (.227 AVG)
2B Gary Helmick – 2-4, 2 RBI, double (2) (.207 AVG)
SS Garabez Rosa – 2-4, R, 2 doubles (11) (.353 AVG) – Rosa has come out of nowhere and put up very impressive numbers this year. I don’t know about his defense but maybe he can develop into the Orioles SS of the future.

A Winning Streak! O’s Beat Yankees 5-4

April 28, 2010

W – Alberto Castillo (1-0)     L – David Robertson (0-1)     SV – Alfredo Simon (1)

I could get used to this. The Orioles won back to back games for the first time this season and the games were against the Red Sox and Yankees. We’re still 12 games under .500 but I like the way we’ve played over the last handful of games. We’re going to get healthy sooner or later. Maybe we can make a run at .500 by the end of the year. I know its only two games but see what happens when we win? We have optimism. Kevin Millwood started last nights game and only lasted 5.1 innings, but he was able to hold the Yankees to 2 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4 batters. He continues to be consistent and calm under pressure. I like how he looks at the top of our rotation. Alberto Castillo came in in the 6th and gave up his first hit of the season, an infield single. But that was all he gave up over 1.2 innings, striking out 3. Hes been great since coming up from AAA Norfolk. Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless 8th and with a three run lead going into the 9th freshly called up Alfredo Simon came in to record the save. It wasn’t easy, he gave up 2 hits and a walk and let 2 runs score. But the inning should’ve ended when Cesar Izturis got a routine ground ball with two outs. But he couldn’t handle it and the inning continued. It looked like “here we go again” but Simon got Alex Rodriguez to ground out to end the game. He struck out two batters in the inning and flashed a 97 mph fastball and 90 mph slider. He could be around for a while.

Yankees starter Phil Hughes was excellent last night but the Orioles did a great job to work his pitch count so that he could only go 5.2 innings. In the 2nd inning Luke Scott and Ty Wiggington hit back to back singles (our only hits against Hughes) to lead it off. After Rhyne Hughes flew out to left field, Nolan Reimold walked to load the bases and then Cesar Izturis walked to score a run. Unfortunately Adam Jones grounded into a double play to end the inning. The offense was shut down until the 6th when we got a two out rally going after Hughes was removed from the game. Scott walked and Wiggington was hit by a pitch before Hughes lined a single into right to score a run. Reimold and Izturis each followed with RBI singles of their own before Jones again ended the inning, this time striking out. We tacked on an insurance run (turned out to be much needed) in the 8th. Derek Jeter made an error to start the inning, allowing Wiggington to reach first base. Julio Lugo pinch ran for Ty and stole second base before Izturis hit another RBI single. That turned out to be enough to win the game. Matt Wieters walked twice in the game and Jones hit his third double of the season.

Player of the game: Cesar Izturis (2-3, BB, 3 RBI (.259 AVG))

Dare we say a three game winning streak? We’ll find out tonight but our work will be cut out for us with New York’s ace CC Sabathia (2-1, 3.00) on the mound. The Orioles will counter with Jeremy Guthrie (0-2, 3.46).

Down On The Farm: April 27th

April 28, 2010

AAA Norfolk 2, Gwinnett 7

RHP Brandon Erbe – 3.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, K, L (0-4) (8.35 ERA)
LF Joey Gathright – 2-4, BB, double (4) (.219 AVG)
3B Josh Bell – 1-4, R, BB, double (5) (.253 AVG)

AA Bowie 2, Erie 7

RHP Koji Uehara – IP, H, 0 ER, K (0.00 ERA) – Koji was making his first of two rehab appearances before he comes off the disabled list. The Orioles could use him so its nice to see him pitching again.
RHP Ryohei Tanaka – 5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, L (2-1) (3.57 ERA)
LF Tyler Henson – 0-2, R, 2 BB (.284 AVG)
C Caleb Joseph – 1-4, RBI, double (4) (.222 AVG)

A+ Frederick 4, Winston-Salem 6

LHP Nathan Nery – 4.1 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, L (0-2) (5.68 ERA)
RF Ronnie Welty – 2-5, RBI (.304 AVG)
1B Joe Mahoney – 2-5, 2 R, RBI, HR (4) (.283 AVG) – Minor League Player Of The Night
C Brian Ward – 2-4, RBI (.273 AVG)
2B LJ Hoes – 1-3, R, 2 BB (.288 AVG)

A Delmarva 0, Hagerstown 5

RHP Jesse Beal – 7 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, L (1-2) (5.09 ERA) – Beal’s final line is deceiving as he had a shutout through 7 innings before falling apart in the 8th.
LF Michael Planeta – 1-3 (.197 AVG)

Enter Simon, Exit Mickolio

April 27, 2010

The Orioles have recalled RHP Alfredo Simon and added him to the 40 man roster. RHP Kam Mickolio was optioned to AAA Norfolk and LHP Wilfredo Perez was designated for assignment to create space on the 40 man roster.

Simon was pitching great as the 5th starter down at AAA Norfolk and moved to the bullpen after RHP Brad Bergesen was sent down. He only got to pitch one inning out of relief for the Tide before being called up to the big leagues. In 17 innings he had a 1.59 ERA with 14 strikeouts and 5 walks. Hes coming off of tommy john surgery a year ago when he was a member of the O’s starting rotation. The Orioles need bullpen help in a bad way and Simon should be a nice addition. He has a power arm and can go multiple innings if needed. I like Kam Mickolio but hes having trouble with his control so he’ll be able to try and work out the kinks at AAA. I was surprised to see Perez be the one DFA’d. I figured it would be LHP Pedro Viola. Perez is an interesting pitcher so I hope he sticks around. The Orioles need RHP Koji Uehara and LHP Mike Gonzalez to get healthy so we can get rid of some of the dead weight in the bullpen. RHP Matt Albers needs to go, hes been getting crushed in high leverage situations.

Down On The Farm: April 26th

April 26, 2010

AAA Norfolk 7, Charlotte 9

LHP Troy Patton – 6.1 IP, 10 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, L (1-3) (8.00 ERA) – Its looking more and more like Patton isn’t going to be a productive starting pitcher. It might be time to convert him into a reliever soon.
DH Josh Bell – 3-4, 3 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR (3) (.254 AVG) – Minor League Player Of The Night – Bell is starting to heat up now. Hopefully Brandon Snyder can follow suit.
3B Scott Moore – 3-4, 2 R, RBI, 2 doubles (3) (.246 AVG)

A Delmarva’s game against Hagerstown was postponed due to rain.

Down On The Farm: April 25th

April 26, 2010

AAA Norfolk 7, Charlotte 2

RHP Brad Bergesen – 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 4 K, W (1-0) (2.57 ERA) – Good to see Bergesen go down and have an outing like this. If he can keep it up he’ll be back up in no time, but I still think you have to give Jake Arrieta a shot. Hes been dominant.
RF Jeff Salazar – 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, HR (4) (.314 AVG)
3B Josh Bell – 1-4, 2 Run HR (1) (.224 AVG)
SS Robert Andino – 1-5, 2 Run HR (2) (.258 AVG)

AA Bowie 3, Akron 9

RHP Chorye Spoone – 4.1 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 6 BB, 2 K, L (1-2) (5.21 ERA)
3B Brandon Waring – 3-5, R, 3 RBI, 2 doubles (4), HR (5) (.261 AVG) – Minor League Player Of The Night
RF Paco Figueroa – 1-4, BB, double (4) (.351 AVG)
2B Ryan Adams – 1-2, 2 BB (.276 AVG)

A+ Frederick 15, Salem 4

RHP Ryan O’Shea – 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, K, W (2-2) (6.48 ERA)
RF Ronnie Welty – 1-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, HBP, HR (5) (.294 AVG)
2B LJ Hoes – 2-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR (1) (.286 AVG)
3B Bill Rowell – 3-5, 2 R, double (3) (.255 AVG)
DH Buck Britton – 1-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, HR (3) (.326 AVG)
C Brian Ward – 2-3, 2 R, RBI (.241 AVG)

A Delmarva 6, Hagerstown 8

RHP Matt Hobgood – 5 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, K, L (1-1) (4.57 ERA) – Bad start for Hobgood after being excellent last time out. We’ll have to expect some ups and downs from the kid.
2B Tyler Kelly – 2-4, 2 R, RBI, HR (2) (.190 AVG)
SS Garabez Rosa – 3-4, R, 2 RBI, 2 doubles (9) (.361 AVG)

O’s On Right Side Of 7-6 Game

April 25, 2010

W – Jim Johnson (1-1)     L – Scott Atchison (0-1)     SV – Cla Meredith (1)

David Hernandez started and was solid but not spectacular. Hes been pretty consistent so far this year, going about 5 or 6 innings and allowing 2-4 runs. Yesterday he went 5 and allowed 3. He gave up 4 hits and walked 3 batters and only struck out one. But the good thing is he kept us in the game and still hasn’t allowed a homerun on the season despite that being a big issue for him in 2009. He started the 6th inning but walked the lead off man and gave up back to back singles that were hit sharply. Both of his inherited runners would score after Mark Hendrickson came in and gave up 2 hits and a sacrifice fly. He got two outs but Jason Berken was brought in to end the inning. Berken started the 7th and gave up a lead off double but was able to get back to back groundouts before Alberto Castillo came in and got the last out. He also got the first out of the 8th before Jim Johnson was brought in. He got out of the 8th cleanly and pitched a scoreless 9th, but as soon as the Orioles grabbed a three run lead in the top of the 10th he started to struggle. Of course that could’ve been him tiring since he was working on his 3rd inning. A pair of doubles with a fly out in between then back to back singles made it a one run game with runners on first and second with one out. It looked like we were going to find a way to lose another close game but Cla Meredith came in and got a pop out and a line out to end it. Maybe this will get the monkey off of our back and we can start winning some ballgames.

The offense got on the board in the 2nd inning when Rhyne Hughes doubled and score on Craig Tatum’s RBI single. In the 7th we tied the game at four when Nolan Reimold doubled then scored on Nick Markakis’ double which was followed up by a 2 run homerun by Miguel Tejada. The offense was on all cylinders again today with 14 hits, the first time with back to back good games. Most unusual of all was that we scored runs at the most opportune times for a change. In the 10th we loaded the bases thanks to a Tejada single, Luke Scott double, and Ty Wiggington walk. Hughes lined a single into right to give the O’s the lead. Calling him up is the best thing the Orioles have done this year. Matt Wieters singled in two more after coming into the game a couple innings prior. Luckily it was enough to hold on for a rare victory. We can’t breath a sigh of relief yet because our next 13 games are against the Yankees, Red Sox, and Twins.

Player of the game: Miguel Tejada (2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR (3) (.283 AVG))

The Orioles get a day off to let the feeling of a win sink in, but the Yankees come into town tomorrow night for a three game series. Kevin Millwood (0-3, 3.38) takes the mound for the birds, Phil Hughes (2-0, 2.19) for the Yanks.