Series Lost 6-3

W – Tim Lincecum (7-2)     L – Jeremy Guthrie (3-8)     SV – Brian Wilson (18)

I thought the offense did a pretty good job today considering we were facing the guy whos won the last two Cy Young Awards in the national league. We had 11 hits and six walks but again we struggled with runners in scoring position, 3-14. We also struck out 15 times in the game. Julio Lugo had a good game with three singles including two of them that went for RBIs in the 5th and 7th innings respectively. Our other run came in the 4th when Cesar Izturis singled to score Lugo. All of our hits were singles which was another reason we didn’t push more runs across the plate. Miguel Tejada, Nick Markakis, and Izturis each had two in the game while Luke Scott and Craig Tatum had one each. Scott and Tatum each also walked twice. Corey Patterson and Markakis had the other walks. But we knew going into the game that it was going to be a struggle to score many runs and they honestly exceeded my expectations.

Jeremy Guthrie knew coming into the game that he would have be very good in order to win today. He did alright with what he had but he just wasn’t sharp enough. He gave up two runs in a weird first inning. He walked the leadoff batter and then deflected a ball that probably would’ve been a double play for a single. Aubrey Huff doubled to score one run but another runner was out at the plate despite being only a few feet behind the first one. Another walk and then Pablo Sandoval crushed a ball to center field that Adam Jones should’ve caught but for some reason he slowed up nearing the wall and the ball hit off the tip of his glove. Huff scored but Uribe had went back to tag for some inexplicable reason and got passed on the bases by Sandoval for out number two. A groundball by the next batter would end the inning. Guthrie shut out the Giants over the next four innings but gave up back to back homeruns to start the 6th, both on hanging sliders. In total he gave up 4 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks with 2 strikeouts over 6 innings. Jason Berken pitched a perfect 7th and came out after being pinch hit for in the bottom of the inning. Will Ohman started the 8th, gave up a single, and was replaced by Alfredo Simon in his first appearance since being activated from the disabled list. It wasn’t very good. A double, an intentional walk, a single, and a sacrifice fly later and the score was 6-3. He finally got out of the inning when the pitcher hit into a double play.

Player of the game: Julio Lugo – 3-5, R, 2 RBI (.227 AVG)

The O’s have tomorrow off before going into San Diego to face the hot Padres. Two young hurlers face off in the pitching matchup: Brian Matusz (2-7, 4.92) vs. Wade LeBlanc (4-4, 3.05).

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