Archive for August, 2010

5-2 Win Makes It Four In A Row For Birds

August 31, 2010

W – Brian Matusz (7-12)     L – Josh Beckett (4-4)     SV – Koji Uehara (5)

– Brian Matusz continued his recent stretch of success with 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 6 K to get his seventh win of the season. He didn’t have his best stuff but he was able to find a way to have a good outing.
– Jim Johnson got his first test since coming off the disabled list coming into a one run game with a runner on first and no outs. He was able to get out of it with impressive sink of his fastball.
– Mike Gonzalez got the first out of the 8th inning and then Koji Uehara recorded a five out save to guarantee the victory. Koji only needed 21 pitches to retire all five batters he faced.
– Nick Markakis hit his 40th double of the season making it four straight seasons with 40+ doubles. Hes only the fourth outfielder in major league history to accomplish that feat, the other three are in the hall of fame.
– Luke Scott and Felix Pie both hit solo homeruns in the 8th inning to give the O’s some breathing room and a three run lead. Scott also walked and had an RBI single in the game.
– Brian Roberts had a pair of hits and scored a run while Ty Wiggington, Adam Jones, and Matt Wieters each singled.
– The Orioles increased to 8-1 in series openers under Buck Showalter.

Player of the game: Luke Scott – 2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, HR (26) (.289 AVG)

Jake Arrieta faces off against Oriole killer Jon Lester in game two of the series.

Down On The Farm: August 30th

August 31, 2010

AAA Norfolk 0, Gwinnett 4

LHP Zach Britton – 5 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K, L (3-4) (2.98 ERA)
SS Robert Andino – 1-4, double (30) (.264 AVG)
LF Nolan Reimold – 1-3, double (12) (.251 AVG)

AA Bowie 2, Altoona 0

RHP Eddie Gamboa – 6.1 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, W (7-5) (3.70 ERA)
2B Carlos Rojas – 1-3, R, BB, double (11) (.240 AVG)
DH Joel Guzman – 1-3, RBI, BB (.274 AVG)
SS Greg Miclat – 1-2, BB (.239 AVG)

A Delmarva 5, Kannapolis 4

RHP Brent Allar – 7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, BB, 6 K (5.09 ERA)
TR Keating – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 3 K, W (2-1) (2.00 ERA)
3B Tyler Kelly – 1-4, R, double (30) (.262 AVG)
C Austin Rauch – 1-4, R, 2 RBI, double (2) (.273 AVG)
SS Garabez Rosa – 1-3, solo HR (5) (.255 AVG)

Short A Aberdeen 5, Vermont 11

LHP Justin Anderson – 3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, K, L (4-5) (6.10 ERA)
2B Mychal Givens – 2-4, R, BB, SB (1) (.571 AVG)
LF Kipp Schutz – 2-4, 3 R, RBI, BB (.322 AVG)
1B David Anderson – 2-4, 3 RBI, BB, double (11) (.276 AVG)
DH Adam Gaylord – 1-3, RBI, BB (.275 AVG)

Rookie Bluefield 6, Johnson City 1

LHP Jarret Martin – 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, W (3-5) (4.07 ERA)
2B Moises Ciriaco – 3-6, R, double (6) (.269 AVG)
CF Brenden Webb – 2-5, R, triple (8) (.228 AVG)
SS Jonathan Schoop – 4-4, R, 2 RBI, BB (.315 AVG) – Minor League Player Of The Night
C Michael Ohlman – 2-5, R, RBI (.236 AVG)
3B Brad Decater – 2-5, R, RBI, 2 doubles (10) (.221 AVG)

Down On The Farm: August 29th

August 30, 2010

AAA Norfolk 4, Gwinnett 8

LHP Troy Patton – 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (4.59 ERA)
SS Robert Andino – 1-3, R, RBI, BB (.264 AVG)
LF Nolan Reimold – 2-4, RBI (.250 AVG)
2B Paco Figueroa – 1-3, R (.267 AVG)

AA Bowie 6, New Britain 3

RHP Ryohei Tanaka – 5 IP, 7 H, ER, 2 K, W (7-12) (5.86 ERA)
CF Xavier Avery – 2-3, R, 4 RBI, BB, HR (3) (.280 AVG) – Minor League Player Of The Night
LF Joe Mahoney – 1-2, double (10) (.329 AVG)
DH Caleb Joseph – 1-3, 2 R, 2 BB (.239 AVG)
SS Greg Miclat – 1-3, RBI, BB (.236 AVG)

A+ Frederick 7, Potomac 6

RHP Kenny Moreland – 5 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, BB, 2 K (5.04 ERA)
RF Ronnie Welty – 2-4, 3 R, RBI, BB, HR (17) (.281 AVG)
3B Bill Rowell – 3-5, 2 R, RBI, HR (11) (.276 AVG)
2B Miguel Abreu – 2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, HR (7) (.276 AVG)
1B Tyler Townsend – 1-3, RBI, 2 BB, double (3) (.220 AVG)

Short A Aberdeen 7, Vermont 2

LHP Tyler Sexton – 6 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K (6.64 ERA)
RHP Dan Klein – 2 IP, H, 0 ER, BB, 3 K, W (1-0) (0.00 ERA)
2B Mychal Givens – 2-3, 3 R, 2 RBI, BB, double (1), HR (1) (.667 AVG)
LF Kipp Schutz – 3-5, 3 RBI (.319 AVG)
C Joe Oliveira – 1-3, 2 R, BB, double (4) (.208 AVG)

Rookie Bluefield 5, Johnson City 2

LHP Cameron Roth – 5 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 2 K (4.23 ERA)
RHP Sam Taveras – 3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, BB, 4 K, W (3-1) (4.13 ERA)
1B Corey Thomas – 1-4, R, BB, triple (2) (.246 AVG)
SS Jonathan Schoop – 3-5, R, 2 RBI, double (11) (.294 AVG)

Another Shut Out Win, This Time 1-0

August 29, 2010

W – Jeremy Guthrie (8-13)     L – Jered Weaver (11-10)     SV – Koji Uehara (4)

– Jeremy Guthrie continued the great pitching of the series by throwing 8.1 scoreless innings only giving up four hits and a walk while striking out five batters.
– Mike Gonzalez and Koji Uehara combined to finish the game, Gonzalez struck out the only batter he faced and Koji Uehara got a fly out to earn his fourth save of the season.
– Orioles pitching has now had 26 consecutive scoreless innings since Friday night. The last run allowed was in the 1st inning of Friday’s game when Brad Bergesen balked in a run.
– The only run came on a sacrifice fly from Matt Wieters who also had a single in the game.
– The only other hits were singles from Nick Markakis, Luke Scott, Corey Patterson and a double by Ty Wiggington.
– Julio Lugo walked to lead off the game but got hit in the head on a pickoff attempt and had to leave the game. Jake Fox replaced him and went 0-3 in the game.

Player of the game: Jeremy Guthrie – 8.1 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, BB, 5 K, W (8-13) (3.94 ERA)

The Orioles have a day off today before coming home to face the Red Sox on Tuesday. Game one features Brian Matusz (6-12, 4.79) and Josh Beckett (4-3, 6.50).

Down On The Farm: August 28th

August 29, 2010

AAA Norfolk 5, Gwinnett 4

LHP Chris George – 5 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K (4.41 ERA)
SS Robert Andino – 2-4, R, SB (16) (.264 AVG)
DH Nolan Reimold – 2-4 (.247 AVG)
RF Lou Montanez – 2-4, R, 2 RBI (.314 AVG)

AA Bowie 5, New Britain 6

LHP Rick Zagone – 5 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, BB, 2 K (4.46 ERA)
CF Xavier Avery – 1-3, solo HR (2) (.264 AVG)
DH Joel Guzman – 2-4, R (.273 AVG)

A+ Frederick 4, Potomac 6

LHP Oliver Drake – 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 5 K (4.28 ERA)
3B Bill Rowell – 3-4 (.272 AVG)
DH Miguel Abreu – 1-3, R, BB, double (16) (.272 AVG)

A Delmarva 2, Hagerstown 5

RHP Bobby Bundy – 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 4 K (3.59 ERA) – Minor League Player Of The Night
DH Garabez Rosa – 3-3, R, 2 doubles (32) (.254 AVG)

Short A Aberdeen 1, Vermont 7

RHP Tim Adleman – 5.1 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, L (2-4) (3.57 ERA)
LF Kipp Schutz – 2-5, R, double (9) (.313 AVG)
1B David Anderson – 3-4, BB (.275 AVG)

Rookie Bluefield 2, Johnson City 5

RHP Zach Petersime – 5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, L (1-4) (5.09 ERA)
C Michael Ohlman – 2-4 (.227 AVG)
SS Jonathan Schoop – 1-3, BB, solo HR (1) (.281 AVG)

GCL Orioles 3, Rays 6

RHP Douglas Ferguson – 5 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, BB, 2 K, L (4-3) (1.09 ERA)
2B Auburn Donaldson – 1-3, R, RBI, BB (.194 AVG)
DH Manny Machado – 1-4, 2 Run HR (1) (.143 AVG) – Machado’s first hit as a pro is a homerun. Hes off to Aberdeen for the rest of the season after seven at bats with GCL.
RF David Rivera – 1-3, R, BB (.219 AVG)

Millwood, O’s Shut Out Angels 5-0

August 29, 2010

W – Kevin Millwood (3-14)     L – Scott Kazmir (8-12)

– Kevin Millwood was great, throwing eight scoreless innings and striking out five batters. Maybe he’ll be moved before the waiver trade deadline on Tuesday to open up a spot in the rotation.
– Jim Johnson made his return from the disabled list and pitched a scoreless 9th inning.
– Josh Bell hit a two runs homer, his 3rd, to give the Orioles a 2-0 lead in the 5th inning.
– Cesar Izturis had three singles, a run, and an RBI. He also stole his 9th base of the season.
– Ty Wiggington hit his 23rd double, Nick Markakis singled and walked twice, Craig Tatum hit an RBI single, and Jake Fox also hit an RBI single.
– Corey Patterson pinch ran for Fox, stole his 19th base, and ended up scoring two runs.

Player of the game: Kevin Millwood – 8 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, BB, 5 K, W (3-14) (5.34 ERA)

The O’s will go for the sweep as Jeremy Guthrie starts opposite of Jered Weaver in game three.

Johnson Activated

August 28, 2010

The Orioles have activated RHP Jim Johnson from the disabled list and demoted RHP Armando Gabino to AAA Norfolk. Jason Berken was transferred from the 15 day DL to the 60 day DL.

Johnson hasn’t pitched for the Orioles since April 30th when he was sent down to AAA Norfolk after compiling a 6.51 ERA over 9.2 innings with 9 strikeouts and 4 walks. Soon after his demotion it was found that he had a slight tear in his shoulder and he missed the next three months. Over the last three weeks hes been rehabbing with the O’s minor league affiliates. Between AAA Norfolk, AA Bowie, A+ Frederick, and GCL Orioles he had a 3.46 ERA with 12 strikeouts and one walk over 13 innings. It would be a great boost for the bullpen now and in the future if Johnson could get back to his 2008 and early 2009 form. Hopefully the shoulder was the reason for most of his struggles and he can put it behind him now but only time will tell. Gabino’s first taste of the majors with the Orioles was a failure. He three homeruns over 4.2 innings en route to a 13.50 ERA with 2 strikeouts and 3 walks. He looks like a AAAA player at this point and I don’t expect to see him back with the O’s unless its some kind of emergency.

Down On The Farm: August 27th

August 28, 2010

AAA Norfolk 5, Charlotte 1

RHP Tim Bascom – 7 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 2 K, W (3-7) (7.31 ERA) – Minor League Player Of The Night
DH Michael Aubrey – 1-3, 2 R, BB (.233 AVG)
1B Rhyne Hughes – 2-4, R, double (23) (.261 AVG)
C Michel Hernandez – 2-2, RBI, 2 BB (.247 AVG)

AA Bowie 4, New Britain 3

LHP Pedro Viola – 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, 5 K (3.35 ERA)
RHP Sean Gleason – 2 IP, H, 0 ER, 3 K, W (2-1) (2.57 ERA)
2B Ryan Adams – 3-4, 3 R, BB, double (42) (.305 AVG)
LF Tyler Henson – 2-2, RBI, double (37) (.278 AVG)

A+ Frederick 4, Potomac 11

LHP Nathan Moreau – 4.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, L (4-5) (5.29 ERA)
DH Bill Rowell – 2-5, RBI, SB (9) (.268 AVG)
1B Tyler Townsend – 2-4, R, 2 RBI, HR (2) (.206 AVG)
3B Miguel Abreu – 2-4, SB (9) (.272 AVG)

A Delmarva 7, Hagerstown 10

RHP Patrick Kantakevich – 5 IP, 10 H, 7 ER, BB, 2 K, L (0-8) (5.26 ERA)
CF Trent Mummey – 1-3, 2 R, BB, triple (2) (.208 AVG)
DH Omar Casamayor – 2-4, 2 RBI, double (5) (.255 AVG)
2B Gary Helmick – 2-4, R, double (12) (.220 AVG)
SS Garabez Rosa – 2-4, R (.249 AVG)

Short A Aberdeen 0, Brooklyn 2

RHP Justin Moore – 6.2 IP, 5 H, ER, 5 K, L (3-2) (2.57 ERA)
RHP Jesse Rasner – 1.1 IP, H, 0 ER, 3 K (0.00 ERA)
3B Adam Gaylord – 1-3 (.278 AVG)

Rookie Bluefield 5, Bristol 8

RHP Angel Cespedes – 4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, BB, 3 K, L (3-5) (3.44 ERA)
CF Brenden Webb – 2-5, RBI, triple (7) (.223 AVG)
DH Joe Velleggia – 2-4, R (.227 AVG)
RF Luis Ramirez – 2-4, R (.292 AVG)
2B Moises Ciriaco – 2-4, R, RBI, double (4), triple (1) (.262 AVG)
C Janensis Guerrero – 2-4, R, 2 RBI, triple (1) (.130 AVG)

GCL Orioles 1, Rays 0

RHP Parker Bridwell – IP, 0 H, 0 ER, BB, 2 K (5.40 ERA)
LHP Yancorix Adrian – 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, BB, 4 K (2.14 ERA)
LHP Matt Drummond – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, BB, 4 K, W (2-1) (1.69 ERA)
LF Preston Hale – 1-4, double (14) (.269 AVG)

LA Series Opens With 3-1 Win

August 28, 2010

W – Brad Bergesen (6-9)     L – Trevor Bell (1-4)     SV – Koji Uehara (1)

Brad Bergesen continued his recent stretch of good pitching, looking like the pre-injury pitcher from 2009. Over his last six starts since July 31st hes lowered his ERA from 6.95 to 5.55 after last night. He pitched 8 innings of one run ball on four hits with four strikeouts with the only run coming in on a balk. Koji Uehara notched his third save of the season with a scoreless 9th. Buck Showalter refuses to name him the closer but it sure seems like he is to me. The Orioles got on the board right away in the top of the 1st inning when Brian Roberts doubled, stole third base, and scored on a Nick Markakis RBI single. Unfortunately Roberts had to leave the game later due to a sore hip and is supposed to miss a couple of days because of it. Josh Bell took his place in the lineup and singled in his only two at bats. We took the lead in the 6th on Luke Scott’s RBI single and added an insurance run in the 8th on Corey Patterson’s RBI ground out. Matt Wieters doubled and singled in the game and Cesar Izturis added a single of his own. Our pattern of alternating between wins and losses continued last night, hopefully we can end it in a good way tonight.

Player of the game: Brad Bergesen – 8 IP, 4 H, ER, 4 K, W (6-9) (5.55 ERA)

Kevin Millwood (2-14, 5.63) will take the ball to start the game tonight against lefty Scott Kazmir (8-11, 6.33) in game two of the series.

Down On The Farm: August 26th

August 27, 2010

AAA Norfolk 7, Charlotte 6

RHP Chris Tillman – 2.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 K (3.53 ERA)
DH Rhyne Hughes – 2-3, R, BB, double (22) (.258 AVG)
3B Blake Davis – 3-4, 3 R, RBI, double (12) (.262 AVG)
C Adam Donachie – 1-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, HR (5) (.225 AVG)

AA Bowie 8, New Britain 6

RHP Steve Johnson – 5.2 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (5.28 ERA)
LF Tyler Henson – 1-3, 3 R, 2 BB (.275 AVG)
DH Joel Guzman – 2-3, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 BB, HR (30) (.274 AVG) – Minor League Player Of The Night
1B Joe Mahoney – 2-5, R, double (9), SB (7) (.344 AVG)

A+ Frederick 5, Kinston 9

RHP Luis Noel – 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K (5.01 ERA)
3B Miguel Abreu – 2-4, R, double (15), SB (8) (.268 AVG)
1B Tyler Townsend – 2-3, R, RBI, BB, double (2) (.167 AVG)
LF Bobby Stevens – 2-4, R (.242 AVG)

A Delmarva 11, Hagerstown 6

LHP Nicholas Haughian – 6 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, W (6-3) (3.77 ERA)
3B Tyler Kelly – 2-4, 3 R, RBI, BB, double (29) (.265 AVG)
C Austin Rauch – 1-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, double (1) (.333 AVG)
DH Omar Casamayor – 3-5, R, 3 RBI, double (4) (.245 AVG)
2B Gary Helmick – 3-5, R, RBI, double (11) (.216 AVG)
SS Garabez Rosa – 2-5, R, 2 RBI, double (30) (.247 AVG)

Short A Aberdeen 3, Brooklyn 4

RHP Scott Copeland – 6 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 7 K (2.91 ERA)
C Joe Oliviera – 1-3, R, BB (.204 AVG)
SS Michael Rooney – 3-4, R (.241 AVG)

Rookie Bluefield 7, Bristol 1

LHP Jacob Petitt – 6 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 8 K, W (3-5) (2.68 ERA)
LHP Chris Petrini – 3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, SV (1) (2.01 ERA)
LF Kyle Hoppy – 2-5, 2 R (.184 AVG)
RF Luis Ramirez – 2-4, 2 R, 2 doubles (13) (.287 AVG)

GCL Orioles 3, Twins 4

RHP Luiyi Batista – 5 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 K (4.40 ERA)
LHP Enrico Jimenez – 4 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, 8 K, L (2-2) (2.68 ERA)
SS Mychal Givens – 2-4, R, double (2) (.240 AVG)
1B Preston Hale – 3-4, RBI, double (13) (.269 AVG)
CF Grolmann Gonzalez – 2-4, R, double (6) (.294 AVG)