Another Late Inning Loss, This Time 5-2

W – Casey Janssen (3-0)     L – Kevin Millwood (0-1)     SV – Kevin Gregg (2)

Not much to say about this one. Its like a broken record. The Orioles continue to ruin good pitching performances by not being able to hit with runners in scoring position, going 1-8 today. Kevin Millwood was outstanding today going into the 8th having only allowed one run on a Alex Gonzalez solo homerun and he had only thrown around 70 pitches. He started off the 8th the way he had been throwing all day, getting two quick outs, but a Miguel Tejada error gave the Blue Jays an extra out. It was a tough play that took a bad hop but he failed to get in front of the ball and it hit off his glove. The next batter hit a two run homer to give the Blue Jays the lead and completely knocked the wind out of the stadium and the team. Alex Gonzalez hit his second solo shot of the day immediately afterwards and that was it for Millwood. Matt Albers finished the inning after walking the first two batters he faced. Cla Meredith came in for the 9th and gave up a solo homerun to Edwin Encarnacion to pad the Jay’s lead. Meredith is supposed to be a groundball pitcher yet hes given up two homeruns already over two innings. Thats not good for a guy that only pitches a couple batters at a time as the ‘right handed specialist’.

The Orioles got off to a fast start, scoring two runs in the 1st inning. Adam Jones reached on an infield single, Nick Markakis walked, Miguel Tejada doubled in a run, and Luke Scott hit an RBI groundout. Unfortunately those would be the only runs we would score for the whole game. We had a chance in the bottom of the 3rd after Jones led off the inning with an opposite field triple. But Markakis struck out, Tejada grounded out to the pitcher, and Scott flew out to center field. Matt Wieters singled twice, Felix Pie, Luke Scott, Ty Wiggington, and Cesar Izturis each singled once. We grounded into two double plays and really just had a bad approach from the plate all game. The Orioles are going to need to turn this around soon or else some jobs could be in danger. The news that Brian Roberts is about to be placed on the disabled list doesn’t help matters.

Player of the game: Kevin Millwood (7.2 IP, 5 H, ER, 6 K, L (0-1) (2.13 ERA))

Tampa Bay comes into town for a three game series starting tomorrow night. The O’s will look for some payback, starting with Jeremy Guthrie (0-1, 4.26). He’ll face Matt Garza (1-0, 1.13) who shut down the O’s last week.


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