Bucks First Losing Streak, 3-2

W – Jeremy Hellickson (3-0)     L – Jake Arrieta (4-4)     SV – Rafael Soriano (33)

The rookie Jeremy Hellickson was impressive yet again. Its hard to believe that hes the 6th best pitcher in the Tampa Bay organization and the only reason hes getting a shot now is because of injuries to other starters. He shut the Orioles down for six innings yesterday, our only run coming on a Felix Pie sacrifice fly after Luke Scott doubled and moved to third base in the top of the 2nd inning. We got another run after Hellickson came out in the 7th on a Jake Fox solo homerun but we stranded Nick Markakis at third base after he tripled in the top of the 8th and couldn’t get anything going after that. Jake Arrieta ended up with a quality start after a rough beginning to his day. Carl Crawford hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the 1st inning and two more runs came in during the 3rd on a Crawford RBI single and a Matt Joyce RBI double. But after that he was able to settle down and keep them off the board from there on out. He came out after 6 innings and the 3 runs came on 6 hits and 3 walks and 2 strikeouts. Mark Hendrickson started the 7th but loaded the bases on a single and two walks after getting the first two outs. Armando Gabino came in and got out of the jam and also pitched a scoreless 8th inning.

Player of the game: Jake Fox – 1-3, solo HR (6) (.223 AVG)

The O’s head back home for a seven game homestand that starts off with three against the Mariners. Game one is Brad Bergesen (4-9. 5.84) coming off the best start of his career against Doug Fister (4-8, 3.86) for Seattle.

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