O’s Swept Again, Crushed 11-4

W – Mike Pelfrey (9-1)     L – Kevin Millwood (0-8)

Kevin Millwood’s trade value is quickly diminishing. After yesterday his ERA has gone from 3.71 to 5.16, allowing 24 runs over 22.2 innings in that span. Yesterday’s game was the worst yet, allowing 8 runs over 5.1 innings on 11 hits and a walk with 4 strikeouts. Five of those runs came in the first inning when David Wright hit a homerun and Chris Carter followed it up with a three run bomb. Millwood gave up three homeruns in the game giving him a league leading 19 on the year. Mark Hendrickson didn’t help matters when he came in with one out in the 6th inning. His ERA has ballooned to 6.34 after giving up 3 runs of his own over 1.1 innings on 4 hits, including another homerun by Wright. He hasn’t been nearly as effective as last year and I think its about time we released him and gave Troy Patton a chance to take over his role. Brad Bergesen finished up Hendrickson’s trouble in the 7th and pitched a scoreless 8th as well. He was optioned to AAA Norfolk after the game to get back on a starting pitcher’s schedule. Matt Albers allowed two hits in the 9th but no runs scored. Hes another one that needs to go.

Of course on the day our pitching gets blown out we manage to score more than one run. Although to be fair we still were only 2-8 with runners in scoring position so we left some ducks on the pond. We loaded the bases in the 1st inning on back to back singles by Corey Patterson and Miguel Tejada to open the inning and a Ty Wiggington walk. Luke Scott lifted a sacrifice fly to score one run and Adam Jones added another with an RBI single. We got the game back down to a two run deficit in the 2nd when Scott Moore and Julio Lugo opened the inning with back to back singles, Patterson sacrificed them to second and third, and Tejada lifted a fly ball to score Moore. By the time we got our fourth run in the 7th inning it was already 11-3. With two outs Scott singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch before Jones singled him in on his third hit of the game. Of course we only had one extra base hit in the game, a Scott double, and it came with nobody on base. Moore and Patterson added another single apiece and Tejada walked. New slogan for Orioles baseball in 2010: Anything that can go wrong.. will come out worse than ever imagined possible.

Player of the game: Adam Jones – 3-4, 2 RBI (.260 AVG)

Add some jet lag into the mix for tonight’s game as the O’s fly into San Francisco to face the Giants. At least we get to watch a young hurler in Chris Tillman (0-2, 5.54). Jonathan Sanchez (4-5. 2.82) shuts out, I mean, pitches for the Giants.


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