O’s Lose 4th Straight, 5-1

W – Matt Garza (2-0)     L – Jeremy Guthrie (0-2)

Matt Garza pitched great last night. He was every bit as sharp as he was in the second game of the season when he beat us. That said, we made a couple of inexcusable mistakes on the base paths that just can’t happen. In the first inning, after Felix Pie led off the game with a homerun, Adam Jones blooped a single into the outfield. But then he takes off for second base while Garza is standing on the mound, not even on the rubber. So as you might imagine Jones was thrown out. I’ve never seen anything like it. In the 7th inning Luke Scott walked, then Garrett Atkins lined a shot into left center field only to have Carl Crawford make a sensational diving catch. Ty Wiggington followed that up with a bloop single so we have runners on first and second with two outs, down 3-1. Nolan Reimold pinch hits for Cesar Izturis but he never gets a chance to drive in a run because on a ball in the dirt that bounced a few feet away from the catcher, Scott breaks for third only to put on the breaks about halfway there. By that point Wiggington was caught in between first and second after trying to advance once Scott took off and was tagged out to end the inning. These kinds of blunders are happening way too much over the last few years and it has to fall on the managers shoulders. He is responsible for making sure his players have their heads in the game. I don’t know what it is but he is just not connecting with this team in a winning manner. I think the Orioles should fire Trembley before the season gets too out of hand and hire a proven winner that can command a clubhouse, like Davey Johnson or Bobby Valentine. He never should’ve been brought back this year in the first place and he was told he would have a short leash in 2010. This team is way too talented to be 1-6 against this competition because of stupid, preventable mistakes and bad managing.

Again, the starting pitching was great. Jeremy Guthrie looked as good as he has in over a year. He got through seven innings, only allowing three runs on eight hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out five. He gave up a solo homerun on a hanging slider in the third inning and a pair of runs in the sixth. Pie helped him out in the third when he made a great throw to get a runner at the plate trying to score on a single. Mark Hendrickson pitched an inning and a third giving up a solo homerun in the process, but striking out three batters. Matt Albers finished the ninth, but not before giving up a run on three hits. He looked more like the bad Albers from last year in this outing. The pitching hasn’t been the problem. If the offense would live up to their talent and score some runs we would be looking good right now. Unfortunately thats not the case and we need to make some changes.

Player of the game: Felix Pie (2-3, R, RBI, BB, HR (1) (.364 AVG))

Brian Matusz (1-0, 3.60) gets the nod tonight and once again he needs to play the role of stopper and give us some positive momentum. Just like in the third game of the season, he will face off against Jeff Niemann (0-0, 0.00).

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