Knuckle Ball Fools O’s In 5-1 Loss

W – R.A. Dickey (4-0)     L – Jeremy Guthrie (3-7)

Guess its right back to our old selves after such a solid game last night. The knuckleballer R.A. Dickey really fooled our hitters, striking out eight batters over seven innings. We had 11 hits in the game but somehow only managed to score one run in the game. That tends to happen when you go 3-17 with runners in scoring position and on two of those hits the runner stopped at third. In the 4th inning we had the bases loaded with no outs but couldn’t even managed to bring one runner home. Back to back strikeouts and a pop up killed that rally. Our only run came on a wild pitch in the 7th inning after Matt Wieters singled, moved to second on a ground out, moved to third on one of Corey Patterson’s two hits (he also doubled), and scored on the wild pitch as Patterson stole second base. Miguel Tejada singled twice. Nick Markakis singled, doubled, and walked. Luke Scott doubled. Ty Wiggington, Adam Jones, and Scott Moore each singled. We just can’t seem to hit for extra bases with men on base. We get our share of singles but most of our doubles and homeruns come with nobody on base.

Jeremy Guthrie got off to a shaky start, giving up a run in the 1st inning. It could have been more but Adam Jones made a great diving catch in left center field to rob Jason Bay of extra bases. Jose Reyes doubled to lead off the game and scored on David Wright’s single. Guthrie retired 10 in a row but then gave up a three run homer to Chris Carter in the 4th. He settled down after that though and was able to get through the 7th without allowing any more runs. He continues to have a good strikeout to walk ratio, K’ing 5 tonight compared to just one walk. He gave up 7 hits over those 7 innings encompassing 4 runs. Brad Bergesen finally made an appearance out of the bullpen as he pitched the final two innings of the game. Theres no doubt he was rusty, giving up a run in the 8th inning, which falls directly on Juan Samuel’s shoulders. He keeps saying he wants to only use Bergesen in long relief but you can’t let someone rot on the bench when he can’t be any worse than Matt Albers or Mark Hendrickson who continue to get plenty of work. I’d like to see him take Albers role and relegate Matt to mop up duty. When Alfredo Simon is ready to return I’d give him Albers roster spot and I’d also replace Hendrickson with Troy Patton, who I think could be good coming out of the bullpen. Hes pretty tough on lefties and can pitch multi innings since hes been a starter all of his career.

Player of the game: Nick Markakis – 2-3, BB, double (17) (.297 AVG)

The O’s will give it another shot tomorrow night. Brian Matusz (2-6, 5.10) tries to keep up with Jake Arrieta’s pace against Japanese import Hisanori Takahashi (4-2, 3.80).

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