Game 1: W – Shaun Marcum (5-1) L – Kevin Millwood (0-5)
The Orioles got shut out in game one but Kevin Millwood had a decent outing but he didn’t get any help from the defense or offense. There were several plays in the first inning that should’ve been made, it was like a comedy of errors, but only one of those moments was actually ruled an error so most of the runs counted against Millwood. He ended up going 6 innings and allowing 4 runs on 6 hits and a walk while striking out 2. David Hernandez finally made an appearance out of the bullpen throwing 2 scoreless innings with 3 strikeouts. The offense was 0-9 with runners in scoring position and didn’t have any extra base hits while leaving seven runners on base. Miguel Tejada had three singles, Ty Wiggington had two and a walk, Luke Scott had one and a walk. Nick Markakis and Cesar Izturis had the other singles.
Player of the game: Miguel Tejada – 3-4 (.271 AVG)
Game 2: W – Brett Cecil (5-2) L – Jason Berken (0-1) SV – Kevin Gregg (13)
Game two wasn’t much better for the offense. We scored two runs off of five hits. Julio Lugo singled in Cesar Izturis after he doubled in the 6th inning and Nick Markakis singled in Lugo. It was one of Nick’s two singles in the game. The only other hit was a Ty Wiggington single. There was some good news as Chris Tillman made his season debut and pitched pretty well. He struck out the side in the 1st inning to get out of trouble and ended up giving up 2 runs (on two solo HRs) on 6 hits and 2 walks over 5.2 innings. He was taken out of the game in favor of Jason Berken who got out of the 6th and pitched a scoreless 7th, but got into trouble in the 8th. He gave up a solo homerun and let another guy on base before Alberto Castillo was brought on. He promptly gave up a two run homerun then walked the next batter. Frank Mata came in to get the last out.
Player of the game: Nick Markakis – 2-4, RBI (.308 AVG)
Game 3: W – Ricky Romero (5-2) L – Jeremy Guthrie (3-5)
Game three was more of the same for our sorry offense. We scored a run in the first inning but that was it for the entire game. Corey Patterson led off the game with a single and advanced to second base on a balk. A sure sign of desperation was next when Julio Lugo sacrificed Patterson to third in the first inning. Nick Markakis singled to left to score Patterson and then the offense shut down yet again. Patterson had two singles in the game. Lugo, Adam Jones, and Ty Wiggington added singles of their own, Wiggington also walked. Cesar Izturis also walked. All singles again. Jeremy Guthrie wasn’t as sharp as he has been allowing 4 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks over 6 innings while striking out 2. He got off to a bad start allowing three runs in the 1st inning but then got on a role before giving up another in the 6th. Mark Hendrickson pitched a scoreless 7th and then Will Ohman pitched the 8th. He gave up his first and second run of the season with back to back homeruns to start the inning. He settled down from there to get the next three batters out.
Player of the game: Corey Patterson – 2-4, R (.265 AVG)
The Orioles get Memorial Day off before traveling to New York for a three game series with the Yankees. This is another chance to fire our incompetent manager but I’ve pretty much lost all hope of that ever happening. Brian Matusz (2-5, 5.76) pitches Tuesday and he needs to get things turned around. The Yankees counter with Javier Vazquez (3-5, 6.86) whos been terrible this year. I’m sure he’ll pitch his best game of the season.