Offense Falters, O’s Shut Out 3-0

W – Dana Eveland (1-0)     L – David Hernandez (0-1)     SV – Jason Frasor (3)

If the O’s never see a soft tossing left handed starting pitcher again I’m sure they’d be very happy. It seems like every time we face one our offense gets shut down, like it did last night. The Orioles could only manage six hits against Dana Eveland, Scott Downs, and Jason Frasor. Julio Lugo led off in place of the injured Brian Roberts and had two singles and a walk. He was the only hitter with a good game. Nolan Reimold doubled and Miguel Tejada, Garrett Atkins, and Matt Wieters each singled. Nick Markakis walked twice (giving him a ridiculous 8 walks in 5 games) and Cesar Izturis was hit by a pitch. We were 0-6 with runners in scoring position and we had a few chances to get on the board and make a game out of it. This season is only five games old and I’m already very frustrated with the team, as I’m sure most of you are as well.

On the plus side, David Hernandez pitched a good game and I can definitely see the difference from last year. I now know why he made the starting rotation because he looks like a different guy out there. His fastball has alot of movement on it now with the transition to a two seamer instead of a four seamer. He was locating better down in the zone for the most part. He seemed to be more accurate with his slider, but it still needs work as he threw some hangers. His changeup looked good but it was underutilized. Hernandez went 6 strong innings, striking out 5, walking 4, and gave up 2 runs on 6 hits. I’m very encouraged for the rotations success after seeing him pitch. Jason Berken followed for his first outing of the season and he looked pretty good too. He went 2.2 innings giving up 2 hits and a walk. A run was charged to him in the 9th after he left the game with a runner on first. Will Ohman came in to get the last out of the inning but allowed the run to score on a long double.

Player of the game: David Hernandez (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, L (0-1) (3.00 ERA))

Never thought I’d say this this weekend, but the Orioles will try to avoid the three game sweep to the Blue Jays at home. Kevin Millwood (0-0, 3.60) makes his first start as an Oriole at Camden Yards against Shaun Marcum (0-0, 3.86), the Toronto number one.

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