Back To Normal With An 8-3 Loss

W – CC Sabathia (3-1)     L – Jeremy Guthrie (0-3)

I knew we lost this game after the second inning. Down 5-0 with CC Sabathia on the mound is not an obstacle most teams can get over. We never gave up so I’ll give them that. Guthrie got some bad breaks right out of the gate. Derek Jeter tapped a grounder down the first base line that I thought would be an easy out, but apparently Garrett Atkins has as much range as a statue. The next batter lined a single into left field that Jeter would’ve stopped at third on, but Lou Montanez couldn’t catch the ball and it rolled away allowing the run to score. Guthrie’s pitches looked good. He was getting alot of movement on his fastball but he just couldn’t locate. His final line was 4.2 IP, 6 H, 7 R (6 ER), BB, 4 K. Mark Hendrickson came in with two outs in the 5th and a runner on first base. He gave up back to back singles to allow the inherited runner to score before getting out of the inning. He got two outs in the 6th but not before giving up three singles to load the bases. Cla Meredith got out of the inning but allowed one of the inherited runners to score then went on to pitch a scoreless 7th. Matt Albers pitched a scoreless 8th and Will Ohman pitched a scoreless 9th.

The Orioles scored their first run in the 3rd inning on an RBI groundout by Miguel Tejada. Nick Markakis scored after hitting a single and moving to third on Ty Wiggington’s double. Tejada got us going again in the 6th when he led off with a double. He advanced to third on a Garrett Atkins single and scored on Nolan Reimold’s sacrifice fly. Atkins had two singles in the game, so I’ve got to give Dave Trembley props for starting him over Rhyne Hughes against the lefty. Markakis finally hit his first homerun of the season in the 7th, a solo shot to center field. He also hit his 9th double in the game. Cesar Izturis had two singles, his third straight multi-hit game. Maybe he should bat leadoff because Adam Jones certainly isn’t getting the job done. He went 0-4 again last night, although he did record his second walk of the season. I don’t know why Trembley has decided to put a guy that has no plate discipline and tries to hit a homerun on every swing at the lead off spot. Jones still has a ton of potential and I think hes just in a major slump right now, but I think he should be batting around 6th or 7th in the lineup right now to take some pressure off of him. Move him back up once he breaks out of the funk hes in. The guy had a great spring training but seems to be pressing after the ice cold start the team got off to.

Player of the game: Nick Markakis (3-5, 2 R, RBI, double (9), HR (1) (.284 AVG))

The O’s will try to win their first series of the season tonight against AJ Burnett (2-0, 3.20). The rookie sensation is on the mound for the birds, Brian Matusz (2-0, 4.38).

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