Archive for June, 2010

Down On The Farm: June 30th

June 30, 2010

AAA Norfolk 1, Charlotte 2

LHP Troy Patton – 6 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 2 K, L (5-9) (4.84 ERA)
RHP Pat Egan – IP, 0 ER, K (6.75 ERA)
3B Josh Bell – 2-4 (.266 AVG)
RF Blake Davis – 1-4, R (.220 AVG)

AA Bowie 4, Erie 3

LHP Rick Zagone – 7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K (3.86 ERA) – Pretty good start to Zagone’s AA career.
LF Felix Pie – 1-4, R, BB, SB (1) (.556 AVG)
2B Ryan Adams – 2-4, R, 2 RBI, 2 doubles (24) (.286 AVG)
DH Joel Guzman – 2-4, solo HR (18) (.282 AVG)
C Caleb Joseph – 1-4, double (9) (.242 AVG)

A+ Frederick 7, Salem 0

LHP Nathan Moreau – 9 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, W (1-0) (0.00 ERA) – Minor League Player Of The Night – Nice debut (to say the least) for Moreau as he throws a no hitter (2 errors short from perfection) in his first start with Frederick after going 2-3 with a 2.98 ERA over 16 games (7 starts) with A Delmarva. He had 70 strikeouts and 23 walks over 60 innings.
CF Xavier Avery – 2-4, BB (.284 AVG)
RF Ronnie Welty – 2-5, RBI (.270 AVG)
3B Buck Britton – 2-5, R (.284 AVG)
DH Bill Rowell – 2-4, 2 R, RBI, BB, 2 doubles (12) (.256 AVG)
SS Bobby Stevens – 2-4, 3 R, RBI, double (4), triple (2) (.204 AVG)
C Brian Ward – 2-4, R, 3 RBI, double (6) (.211 AVG)

A Delmarva 7, West Virginia 1

RHP Luis Noel – 5 IP, H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, W (3-2) (2.94 ERA)
RF Brian Conley – 1-4, R, BB, double (13) (.290 AVG)
3B Tyler Kelly – 1-4, R, RBI, double (21) (.260 AVG)
1B Tyler Townsend – 2-4, 2 R, RBI, BB, double (2) (.314 AVG)
DH Kieron Pope – 3-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, double (7), HR (4) (.309 AVG)
LF Steve Bumbry – 2-4, triple (8) (.288 AVG)

Short A Aberdeen 2, Staten Island 4

LHP Justin Anderson – 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, L (1-1) (3.63 ERA)
2B Omar Casamayor – 2-5 (.296 AVG)
LF Kipp Schutz – 1-3, RBI (.385 AVG)
1B Mike Flacco – 2-4 (.313 AVG)
RF Jeremy Nowak – 3-3, RBI, BB (.206 AVG)

Rookie Bluefield 2, Burlington 7

RHP David Baker – 4.1 IP, 5 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, K, L (0-1) (11.05 ERA)
CF Brenden Webb – 1-4 (.259 AVG)
1B Corey Thomas – 1-3, 2 R, RBI, BB, HR (2) (.281 AVG)
RF Luis Ramirez – 1-4 (.393 AVG)

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Home Run Ball Leads O’s Past A’s 9-6

June 30, 2010

W – Matt Albers (3-3)     L – Cedrick Bowers (0-1)     SV – Alfredo Simon (10)

So much for the offense being a bunch of singles hitters… The Orioles hit five homeruns last night and also a double. We got off to a good start in the 2nd inning. Luke Scott walked to lead it off and Adam Jones followed with a homerun to right field. It was a great piece of hitting that never would’ve happened a month ago. Jones has really worked to improve his approach and it looks like it working. We tacked on another run in the 3rd inning when Jones doubled in Scott, who had his second of three walks. After a huge 4th inning put the A’s in the lead 6-3 we came right back in the bottom half and got one back. After being robbed earlier in the game Corey Patterson hit a solo homerun. In the bottom of the 7th Nick Markakis walked and Ty Wiggington hit the first homerun out of the first base position for the Orioles this year. It was a clutch two run shot that tied the game at six. Scott followed it up with a solo shot of his own to give us the lead. Unfortunately he seemed to hurt himself as he was rounding the bases. It looked like a hamstring issue. The last homerun came in the 8th inning when Miguel Tejada hit a two run bomb after Patterson singled. Matt Wieters and Cesar Izturis each singled.

Kevin Millwood deserved better than his line indicates. All of the runs he gave up came in the top of the 4th inning thanks to a bunch of bad defensive plays. The inning started with an error on Miguel Tejada. An out was recorded on a fly ball but then a run scored when Ryan Sweeney singled to left field because Corey Patterson overran the ball, allowing Sweeney to take second base. The next batter hit a ball to Miguel Tejada that he couldn’t handle. It was a tough play but I think he would admit he should’ve made it. Another single scored another run and then the weirdest play of all happened. Millwood walked Cliff Pennington but Matt Wieters didn’t realize it was ball four and threw the ball to second base because the runner on first took off. Unfortunately that allowed the runner on third to “steal” home. The next batter hit a three run homer to cap it all off. Overall Millwood pitched 5 innings and allowed those 6 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks with 2 strikeouts. The bullpen continued its recent success. Mark Hendrickson pitched a scoreless 6th and Matt Albers a scoreless 7th. Will Ohman got the first out of the 8th and David Hernandez finished it off and then Alfredo Simon recorded the save with a perfect 9th. The Orioles have now won four out of the last five games and have the first winning stretch of 10 games on the season (6-4).

Player of the game: Adam Jones – 3-5, R, 3 RBI, double (10), HR (13) (.274 AVG)

Jake Arrieta (2-1, 6.20) needs a good start tonight to keep the positive stretch going. He’ll be up against Trevor Cahill (7-2, 2.88) and the rest of the Athletics.

Down On The Farm: June 29th

June 30, 2010

AAA Norfolk 12, Charlotte 3

RHP Chris Tillman – 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, W (7-4) (3.07 ERA)
RF Jeff Salazar – 1-3, 2 R, 2 BB (.284 AVG)
3B Josh Bell – 2-5, 2 R, 6 RBI, 2 HR (10) (.262 AVG) – Minor League Player Of The Night
DH Rhyne Hughes – 2-5, R (.262 AVG)
C Adam Donachie – 2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, HR (3) (.204 AVG)
2B Paco Figueroa – 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR (1) (.291 AVG)

AA Bowie 6, Erie 5

RHP Chorye Spoone – 6.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 K (3.63 ERA)
LF Felix Pie – 4-5, R, double (1) (.800 AVG)
3B Ryan Adams – 2-3, 2 R, RBI, BB, double (22) (.283 AVG)
RF Joel Guzman – 2-4, R, RBI, BB (.279 AVG)
DH Robert Widlansky – 1-4, R, RBI (.286 AVG)

A+ Frederick 2, Wilmington 3

LHP Oliver Drake – 7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, L (2-3) (3.95 ERA)
LF Xavier Avery – 1-4, R, BB (.281 AVG)
RF Ronnie Welty – 2-5, RBI (.267 AVG)
2B LJ Hoes – 1-3, BB (.289 AVG)
3B Bill Rowell – 2-3, BB, double (10) (.251 AVG)

A Delmarva 4, West Virginia 3

RHP Bobby Bundy – 6 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K (3.83 ERA)
2B Michael Mooney – 2-5 (.216 AVG)
3B Tyler Kelly – 1-3, R, BB, triple (2) (.260 AVG)
CF Michael Planeta – 2-4, R (.242 AVG)
C Justin Dalles – 1-4, 2 Run HR (3) (.279 AVG)
SS Garabez Rosa – 1-3, R, RBI, BB (.261 AVG)

Short A Aberdeen 8, Staten Island 10

LHP Mike Gonzalez – 1.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 K (7.71 ERA)
CF Trent Mummey – 1-4, 2 R, BB (.375 AVG)
SS Michael Rooney – 2-5, 2 R (.226 AVG)
LF Kipp Schutz – 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI (.389 AVG)
DH Mike Flacco – 2-4, 3 RBI (.286 AVG)
RF Austin Knight – 2-4, double (1) (.160 AVG)

Rookie Bluefield 5, Burlington 1

RHP Angel Cespedes – 8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 K (0.00 ERA)
CF Brenden Webb – 2-5, RBI, triple (1) (.261 AVG)
1B Corey Thomas – 2-5, R, double (1) (.276 AVG)
RF Luis Ramirez – 3-4, 2 R (.417 AVG)
LF Christopher Clinton – 2-4, R, RBI (.273 AVG)

GCL Orioles 5, Twins 1

LHP Enrico Jimenez – 4 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (1.29 ERA)
CF Martin Serrata – 2-3, R, RBI, BB (.318 AVG)
SS Jonathan Schoop – 1-3, RBI, double (2) (.296 AVG)
C Rolando Petit – 1-4, solo HR (1) (.200 AVG)
RF Jose Nivar – 1-3, R, BB (.200 AVG)
DH Marcus Jones – 2-4, R, RBI, 2 doubles (3) (.500 AVG)

O’s Fall Short This Time 4-2

June 29, 2010

W – Vin Mazzaro (3-2)     L – Brian Matusz (2-9)     SV – Andrew Bailey (15)

I hope the day off on Monday didn’t take away all of our momentum from the weekend. We almost came from behind again but fell short. We were down 2-0 heading into the bottom of the 5th inning. Julio Lugo was hit by a pitch to start off the inning and it looked like he was going to charge the mound for a minute. It looked like clear retaliation for Brian Matusz hitting one of their guys earlier in the game. Cesar Izturis tried to sacrifice bunt next but the ball got away and Lugo was able to advance to second base. It looked like Izturis was hit by the pitch on the attempt but its a good thing the umpire didn’t see it because Cesar lined a double down the left field line to make it 2-1. Corey Patterson bunted him over to third but besides a Nick Markakis walk we couldn’t get him in. It was 3-1 when we made our next comeback attempt in the 8th inning. Markakis led off with a double and scored on Luke Scott’s second double of the game. Matt Wieters walked after pinch hitting for Craig Tatum but Lugo flied out to right field to end the inning. Our only other hit was a Patterson single. He also walked, as did Adam Jones. Lugo walked twice in the game.

Brian Matusz pitched well enough to win. The defense didn’t do him any favors. Corey Patterson and Miguel Tejada each made errors and there were other plays that should’ve been made but won’t go down in the books as errors. Matusz got off to a bit of a slow start pitch count wise but ended up getting into the 7th inning. He gave up 3 runs on 7 hits and a walk with 2 strikeouts but the last run that came in was allowed by Jason Berken. Matusz left the game with one out in the 7th and a runner on first. Berken let the inherited runner to score but was able to pitch 1.2 innings without allowing any other damage. His ERA is down to 1.60 after this latest outing and he hasn’t given up an earned run since June 9th, a span of 14.1 innings. His ERA in June is 0.95 and hes been pitching in higher leverage situations. Koji Uehara made his return from the disabled list by giving up two hits and a run in the 9th inning. He didn’t go on a rehab assignment this time because I think the Orioles want to get as much out of his arm while they can since hes so susceptible to injury.

Player of the game: Luke Scott – 2-4, RBI, 2 doubles (17) (.270 AVG)

Game two of the series is tonight featuring Kevin Millwood (2-8, 5.22) pitching against Ben Sheets (3-7, 5.01) on a perfect night for baseball.

Down On The Farm: June 28th

June 29, 2010

AAA Norfolk 2, Louisville 7

LHP Chris George – 6.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 9 K, L (3-3) (4.44 ERA)
RHP Pat Egan – 1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB (10.80 ERA) – Egan was making his AAA debut after being promoted from AA Bowie. Not a great start but he was getting groundballs. He should be alright.
CF Matt Angle – 1-3, R (.260 AVG)
DH Michael Aubrey – 2-3, RBI, BB, double (14) (.243 AVG)
1B Nolan Reimold – 1-4, solo HR (4) (.210 AVG)

AA Bowie 10, Erie 9

RHP Steve Johnson – 4.2 IP, 4 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 6 K (5.12 ERA)
CF Danny Figueroa – 2-4, 2 R, RBI (.224 AVG)
2B Ryan Adams – 2-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR (5) (.273 AVG) – Minor League Player Of The Night
DH Robert Widlansky – 3-5, R, double (15) (.279 AVG)
1B Brandon Waring – 1-2, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB (.232 AVG)

AA Bowie 3, Erie 2

RHP Eddie Gamboa – 3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 K (3.46 ERA)
RHP Pedro Beato – 3 IP, 0 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K (1.83 ERA)
DH Ryan Adams – 2-4, R, RBI, BB, double (21), HR (6) (.279 AVG) – Minor League Player Of The Night
3B Brandon Waring – 1-3, BB, double (15) (.235 AVG)

A+ Frederick 3, Wilmington 4

RHP Ryan Berry – 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (2.38 ERA)
RHP Sean Gleason – 3.2 IP, 2 H, ER, 5 K, L (1-4) (3.38 ERA)
CF Kyle Hudson – 2-4, R, BB (.262 AVG)
RF Ronnie Welty – 2-5 (.265 AVG)
PH Jacob Julius – 1-1, solo HR (7) (.305 AVG)

Short A Aberdeen 4, Staten Island 2

RHP Tim Adleman – 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K (2.08 ERA)
LHP Brandon Holloway – 2.1 IP, H, 0 ER, 2 K, W (1-1) (0.00 ERA)
LF Kipp Schutz – 1-4, 2 Run HR (1) (.355 AVG)
2B Omar Casamayor – 1-3, RBI, double (3) (.273 AVG)

Rookie Bluefield 1, Burlington 9

LHP Jarret Martin – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, L (0-2) (6.23 ERA)
RHP Zachary Petersime – 1.1 IP, 0 ER, K (0.00 ERA)
RHP Travis Strong – 1.1 IP, 0 ER, 2 K (0.00 ERA)
C Michael Ohlman – 1-1, double (3) (.300 AVG)

GCL Orioles 3, Twins 4

RHP Aaron Swenson – 4 IP, 5 H, ER, K, L (1-1) (1.13 ERA)
3B Dudley Leonora – 1-3, R, BB (.292 AVG)
RF Jaynnertt Melenciano – 1-4, RBI, double (1) (.214 AVG)
DH Marcus Jones – 1-2, R, double (1) (.500 AVG)

Down On The Farm: June 27th

June 27, 2010

AAA Norfolk 8, Louisville 3

RHP Tim Bascom – 6 IP, 11 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 K, W (2-2) (4.37 ERA)
CF Matt Angle – 1-4, R, BB, triple (1) (.258 AVG)
RF Jeff Salazar – 3-4, 2 R, RBI, double (9), HR (13) (.288 AVG) – Minor League Player Of The Night
3B Josh Bell – 1-4, RBI, double (24) (.263 AVG)
1B Nolan Reimold – 1-3, R, BB (.209 AVG)
C Michel Hernandez – 3-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, HR (2) (.289 AVG)

AA Bowie 3, Altoona 12

LHP Nathan Nery – 6 IP, 9 H, ER, BB, 5 K, L (0-2) (4.91 ERA)
2B Ryan Adams – 1-4, R, RBI (.273 AVG)
C Steven Lerud – 1-3, BB (.220 AVG)
CF Danny Figueroa – 2-2, R (.216 AVG)

A+ Frederick 10, Wilmington 3

RHP Ryan O’Shea – 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, BB, 6 K, W (5-3) (3.17 ERA)
LF Felix Pie – 2-4, 2 R, RBI, BB (.417 AVG) – This was Pie’s first game playing the field in his rehab. It looks like the rust is starting to come off. He should return after some games at AA Bowie early this week.
CF Kyle Hudson – 2-5, R, RBI, 2 doubles (7) (.258 AVG)
RF Ronnie Welty – 2-5, R, RBI (.262 AVG)
1B Joe Mahoney – 3-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB (.315 AVG)
C Brian Ward – 2-3, RBI (.205 AVG)

A Delmarva 2, Lakewood 4

RHP Jesse Beal – 7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 3 K, L (5-4) (3.69 ERA)
3B Tyler Kelly – 1-3, BB (.259 AVG)
LF Levi Carolus – 1-4, solo HR (2) (.271 AVG)
C Justin Dalles – 1-3, RBI, double (2) (.282 AVG)

Short A Aberdeen 3, Brooklyn 6

LHP Tyler Sexton – 5 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 3 K (6.10 ERA)
CF Trent Mummey – 3-5, 2 RBI, double (1) (.556 AVG)
LF Kipp Schutz – 1-3, R, BB, double (1) (.370 AVG)
1B David Anderson – 1-2, 2 BB (.304 AVG)
3B Adam Gaylord – 2-4, RBI (.364 AVG)
SS Michael Rooney – 2-4, 2 R, double (2), triple (1) (.208 AVG)

Rookie Bluefield 6, Danville 2

LHP Jacob Petitt – 3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER (0.00 ERA)
1B Corey Thomas – 2-4, R (.286 AVG)
DH Michael Ohlman – 1-3, R, 2 RBI, BB, double (2) (.263 AVG)
RF Luis Ramirez – 2-4, R, RBI (.350 AVG)
C Dashenko Ricardo – 1-4, R, 2 RBI, triple (1) (.182 AVG)

Comeback Kids At It Again 4-3

June 27, 2010

W – David Hernandez (3-6)     L – Tyler Clippard (8-5)     SV – Alfredo Simon (9)

The recent recipe for success continued today. I wonder how many people watching expected the Orioles to come back from an early deficit and win for the fourth game in a row? I know the players had to be confident that they could do it when they fell behind 3-0 in the 4th inning. The Nationals scored three runs off of Jeremy Guthrie in the fourth after he went through the first three innings without allowing a hit. Ryan Zimmerman led off with a walk and then a single was played into a triple by Adam Jones when he dove and missed a ball in center that he probably should’ve caught or at least played better. The next batter followed with a two run homer and it wasn’t looking good. Thankfully Guthrie was able to limit the damage to those 3 runs over 6 innings. He only gave up 3 hits but walked 4 batters and also struck 4 out. Jason Berken seems like hes been pitching in every game lately but he tossed another scoreless inning anyway in the 7th. Will Ohman started the 8th and gave up a couple hits before striking out Adam Dunn. David Hernandez came in and cleaned up his mess, striking out both batters he faced. Alfredo Simon got another save by throwing a scoreless 9th inning, walking a batter and striking one out. Hes been pitching alot too, I would’ve been tempted to leave Hernandez in for the 9th but it worked out.

The offense came together in the 5th inning to tie the game at three but needed some help from the Washington defense to do it. Luke Scott and Adam Jones hit back to back doubles with one out to score the first run. Matt Wieters and Scott Moore then each hit singles, Jones coming in to score on the latter one. Julio Lugo was next and the king of reaching on errors did it again, tapping a ground ball to shortstop that should’ve been a double play but the second baseman’s throw was off line allowing the tying run to come in. Lugo hit a double with one out in the bottom of the 8th but was picked off at second base. He started to attempt a steal of third, decided against it, and was thrown out trying to make it back to second base. It was terrible base running and typical of the Orioles season. But atypical of this year was the way the rest of the inning went. Corey Patterson followed with a double of his own and scored the game winning run on Miguel Tejada’s second single of the game. Miggy isn’t hitting for any power this year but hes been hitting plenty of singles of late and his average has risen to .287. This was the O’s first four game winning streak of the season and it looks like we’ve turned a corner of sorts. I think our goal for now should be to avoid 100 losses on the season.

Player of the game: Miguel Tejada – 2-4, GW RBI (.287 AVG)

Its yet another day off tomorrow (seems like alot of them lately) before the Oakland A’s come into Baltimore for a three game series. Game one features Brian Matusz (2-8, 4.95) against Dallas Braden (4-7, 3.83).

Koji’s Return Marks End Of Atkins

June 27, 2010

The Orioles activated RHP Koji Uehara from the disabled list and designated 1B Garrett Atkins for assignment to make room on the 25 man roster.

Finally we get rid of the expensive dead weight that is Garrett Atkins. After signing him to a $4.5 million contract in the offseason the defensively challenged first baseman went on to hit .214/.276/.286 with 7 doubles, 1 HR, and 9 RBI over 140 at bats. In all honesty he should’ve been dumped a month ago in favor of anyone with the slightest bit of potential. The first sign that the end was near was when the Orioles traded for Jake Fox last week. With Felix Pie about to come off of the disabled list next week there was just nowhere left to hide on the roster. He wasn’t getting any at bats as it was, not even getting any pinch hitting opportunities in the NL ballparks. I didn’t like the signing from the beginning. His steep decline over the past three seasons was glaring and after seeing him in action you can tell why he has declined. He doesn’t seem to have any pop in his bat left. Lazy fly balls were the majority of his at bats results. I think his MLB career is over now because I don’t see any team picking him up. If he can’t stick on the worst team in baseball…

We’ll see how long Koji can stay healthy this time. I’m not getting my hopes up. He made six appearances after starting the year on the DL in May. He pitched to a 1.80 ERA over 5 innings with 6 strikeouts and 3 walks before going right back to the disabled list. Whatever he can give this team should be considered a bonus. He is a good pitcher and can be a very big asset coming out of the bullpen but hes just not reliable when it comes to staying healthy. He has trouble dealing with the heat and that could especially troubling since Baltimore is having an unseasonably hot start to the summer.

Down On The Farm: June 26th

June 27, 2010

AAA Norfolk 4, Louisville 3

RHP Zach Clark – 5.1 IP, 4 H, ER, 7 K (3.09 ERA)
RHP Armando Gabino – 2 IP, 0 ER, 3 K (2.58 ERA)
LHP Alberto Castillo – 3 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, BB, 3 K, W (1-0) (6.00 ERA)
DH Michael Aubrey – 2-5, 2 R, RBI, HR (5) (.239 AVG)
2B Paco Figueroa – 1-3, R, RBI (.274 AVG)

AA Bowie 5, Altoona 3

RHP Ryohei Tanaka – 5 IP, 7 H, ER, 3 BB, 3 K, W (4-7) (4.50 ERA)
LF Tyler Henson – 3-5, RBI, SB (4) (.295 AVG)
1B Robert Widlansky – 2-5, R, 2 doubles (15) (.279 AVG)
3B Brandon Waring – 1-3, R, BB, triple (1) (.235 AVG)
SS Carlos Rojas – 1-3, R, RBI, BB, SB (1) (.279 AVG)

A+ Frederick 10, Winston-Salem 4

LHP Cole McCurry – 5 IP, 2 H, ER, 5 K, W (3-2) (3.30 ERA)
LF Kyle Hudson – 1-3, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, SB (20) (.256 AVG)
RF Ronnie Welty – 2-4, 2 R, BB, double (10) (.259 AVG)
1B Joe Mahoney – 2-4, BB, 3 Run HR (9) (.307 AVG) – Back to back games with a HR for Mahoney.
2B LJ Hoes – 3-5, R, 2 RBI, 2 doubles (10) (.302 AVG) – Minor League Player Of The Night – Hoes didn’t miss a beat coming off his rehab stint where he hit .464.
3B Bill Rowell – 2-3, R, RBI (.245 AVG)
SS Pedro Florimon – 3-4, R, RBI, double (1) (.750 AVG)

A Delmarva 7, Lakewood 4

RHP Kenny Moreland – 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 9 K, W (4-2) (2.84 ERA)
RF Brian Conley – 1-3, R, RBI, BB, triple (5) (.295 AVG)
2B Tyler Kelly – 2-5, 2 R, RBI (.258 AVG)
DH Steve Bumbry – 2-4, R, 4 RBI, 2 doubles (18) (.284 AVG)
CF Michael Planeta – 3-4, RBI (.238 AVG)

Short A Aberdeen 3, Brooklyn 2

RHP Justin Moore – 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, K (1.64 ERA)
CF Trent Mummey – 2-4, BB (.500 AVG) – Mummey was making his pro debut after being drafted in the 4th round of this years draft.
LF Kipp Schutz – 2-3, R, BB (.375 AVG)
3B Adam Gaylord – 1-3, RBI (.345 AVG)
2B Omar Casamayor – 2-4, 2 RBI, double (2) (.333 AVG)

Rookie Bluefield 2, Danville 9

RHP Billy Gross – 4.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, K (6.75 ERA)
3B Michael Mosby – 1-2, R, 2 BB, double (3) (.400 AVG)
1B Corey Thomas – 1-3, R, BB (.235 AVG)
C Michael Ohlman – 1-3, RBI (.250 AVG)

GCL Orioles 1, Rays 5

RHP Luiyi Batista – 3.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 K, L (0-1) (7.88 ERA)
RHP Christopher Schmitt – 3 IP, 0 ER, 3 K (0.00 ERA)
RF Jaynnertt Melenciano – 1-3, BB (.200 AVG)
DH Justin Dalles – 0-1, 2 BB (.200 AVG)
PH Gino Moranci – 1-1, R, double (1) (.750 AVG)

Another Comeback Victory, 6-5

June 26, 2010

W – Jason Berken (1-1)     L – Sean Burnett (0-4)     SV – Alfredo Simon (8)

I got deja vu watching this game. It was a strikingly similar story to Friday night’s game when the Orioles overcame an early 6-0 defecit to win 7-6. Yesterday we fell behind 5-0 heading into the bottom of the 4th inning. Brad Bergesen’s return to the rotation wasn’t a very successful one. He could only make it through 4 innings giving up those 5 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks. He was getting groundball outs with an 8-3 ratio in the game but his control wasn’t nearly good enough. He walked the leadoff batter in the 3rd inning then hit Cristian Guzman with a pitch before a single by Ryan Zimmerman loaded the bases. An Adam Dunn double scored two and an RBI groundout and a single scored another two. A single, a stolen base, a sacrifice bunt, and a sacrifice fly manufactured the fifth run for the Nationals. Mark Hendrickson came out to start the 5th inning and for the second consecutive game he was very effective. Two scoreless innings only giving up one hit and striking out a batter. Our most valuable reliever of late, Jason Berken, pitched a scoreless 7th and got the first out of the 8th before Will Ohman came in and got the last two outs of the inning. With a tight one run lead Alfredo Simon came in for the save chance and surprisingly had a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The offense got things started in the bottom of the 4th after Washington got their final run of the game. Adam Jones hit a solo homerun, his 7th in June and 12th overall, to continue his ascension. We tied the game up in the bottom of the 5th with four runs of our own. Cesar Izturis opened the inning with a single and Corey Patterson followed with a double. Miguel Tejada was next and he hit one of his three singles to score a run. Nick Markakis followed with one of his two singles to score Patterson. After a strikeout and groundout Matt Wieters came through with a clutch single into right field to bring in Tejada and Markakis. He also had three singles in the game and is starting to come out of his slump. We took the lead in the bottom of the 7th when Drew Storen threw a wild pitch to score Luke Scott who grounded into a force out after Markakis walked and moved to third on a Wieters single. The confidence of this team has to be at a season high with three wins in a row now, the last two in awesome comeback fashion. The hitting is coming together and we’re on the verge of getting some key players back from injury. The only problem now is our starting pitching is pitching the worst it has all year. The bullpen on the other hand has been doing a good job lately.

Player of the game: Matt Wieters – 3-4, 2 RBI (.236 AVG)

We’ll see if the O’s can keep it up today and finish the sweep of the Nationals. Jeremy Guthrie (3-9, 4.28) tries to stop his losing streak against Luis Atilano (6-4, 4.52).