Another 4-3 Loss In Game 2

W – Matt Garza (1-0)     L – Jeremy Guthrie (0-1)     SV – Rafael Soriano (1)

It was another disappointing game for the Orioles. Not the way you want to start off the season. Matt Garza shut us down after allowing two runs in the first inning. Adam Jones singled to get the rally started. Nick Markakis walked and then Miguel Tejada blooped a single into right field to score the first run. After Luke Scott struck out, Matt Wieters hit a ground ball right into the shift but first baseman Carlos Pena couldn’t handle the throw which allowed Markakis to score. That was pretty much it for the offense until the 9th. Tejada was hit by a pitch, Wieters singled, Cesar Izturis walked, and Nolan Reimold singled in between. The Rays brought their closer in for the 9th and it almost cost them. Wieters started the inning with a single then moved to second on a wild pitch. After Reimold popped out Garrett Atkins crushed a double into the gap, scoring Wieters to bring us within one run. Unfortunately Ty Wiggington grounded out and Brian Roberts flew out to end the game. Roberts still doesn’t have a hit on the season. We’re going to need him to set the table for us this year. Luke Scott had a bad game, striking out three times.

Jeremy Guthrie got his first start of the season and did a good job. He gave us a quality start, giving up 3 runs over 6.1 innings. He gave up eight hits and two walks while striking out six batters. The big hit came with two outs in the bottom of the 5th when Evan Longoria roped a two run double to give the Rays the lead. Longoria struck again in the bottom of the 8th, taking Cla Meredith yard after he was brought in to face the righty. Before that Will Ohman pitched a scoreless inning of work spanning the 7th and first out of the 8th. Its good to see Ohman continue to get outs. And if Guthrie can give us these kinds of outings all year that would be nothing to complain about. The only relief pitchers we haven’t seen yet are Mark Hendrickson and Jason Berken. One good thing about the early going is we haven’t had to overuse the bullpen yet despite the two losses.

Player of the game: Matt Wieters (2-4, R (.500 AVG))

Good match up of young arm tomorrow night as Brian Matusz (0-0, -.–) tries to avoid the sweep for the O’s against Jeff Niemann (0-0, -.–) for the Rays. Also, the Orioles minor league affiliates get started tomorrow so be on the look for my Down On The Farm reports from here on out. I’m looking forward to it. AAA Norfolk, AA Bowie, A+ Frederick, and A Delmarva all open up their seasons.

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