4-2 Loss Marks 8th In A Row

W – Dallas Braden (2-0)     L – Kevin Millwood (0-2)     SV – Andrew Bailey (1)

This season is going like the movie ‘Groundhog Day’. Its the same thing over and over. We seem to always get a good performance out of our starting pitchers but can’t score enough runs to get them the victory. When we do, the bullpen blows the game. I don’t think we’ve scored more than two runs in an inning so far this year. Last night was Kevin Millwood’s turn to get a tough luck loss. He was solid enough, pitching 6 innings allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 9 hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 9. Hes given us more than I expected out of him and yet he has an 0-2 record to show for it. I’m most surprised about the strikeouts (20 in 18.2 IP). I don’t expect it to continue at that pace but its nice to see. Will Ohman and Matt Albers eached pitched a perfect inning, in the 7th and 8th innings respectively. Albers looked sharp. I guess thats what happens when you don’t overwork a relief pitcher, bringing him in for three straight games when its not necessary to do so. Again, the pitching wasn’t the problem, it was the hitting…

The offense came up with two runs, both of which came from one swing of Ty Wiggington’s bat. He hit a two run homer in the 5th inning to cut the A’s lead in half. The Orioles only had four hits other than that. Nick Markakis seems to be breaking out of his slump as he doubled twice in the game. Garrett Atkins singled and walked and Nolan Reimold singled for the rest of the offensive (and I do mean offensive) output. It was another soft tossing lefty that gave us fits, this time Dallas Braden. Hes owned the O’s in three career starts. Good thing we don’t face Oakland too often. Our hitting with runners in scoring position continued to suck, going 0-4 last night. I knew Brian Roberts was important to the lineup but I didn’t think we would collapse like this offensively without him. These guys need to start hitting.

Player of the game: Kevin Millwood (6 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 9 K, L (0-2) (2.89 ERA))

Its a non-televised game today as Jeremy Guthrie (0-2, 4.05) takes the hill for the Orioles. Justin Duchscherer (1-0, 3.46) goes for the guys in green.

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