O’s Shut Out 8-0

W – Edwin Jackson (8-10)     L – Jake Arrieta (4-6)

It looks like we’re gonna keep alternating between wins and losses each game, which is still a vast improvement over the first four months of the season. Last night was a loss and an ugly one at that. Edwin Jackson shut down our offense as we only collected four hits on the night. Brian Roberts doubled and walked, Ty Wiggington singled and walked, Nick Markakis singled and stole a base, Felix Pie singled, and Luke Scott walked. We were 0-7 with runners in scoring position and struck out 10 times. Jake Arrieta had a rough night as he gave up 4 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks with 2 strikeouts over 4 innings. I think hes going to get shut down after a few more starts as I think hes showing signs of late season fatigue and we’ll want to keep his innings limited. I think Kevin Millwood will be removed from the roster one way or another soon too and we’ll see Rick VandenHurk and Chris Tillman in their places in the rotation. Speaking of VandenHurk he pitched 3 innings last night giving up 2 runs (one earned) on 5 hits and a walk with 3 strikeouts. Armando Gabino clinched his demotion to AAA Norfolk by giving up two runs in the 8th inning on another homerun. Hes given up three in just five outing covering 4.2 innings. Jim Johnson will be activated from the disabled list today.

Player of the game: Brian Roberts – 1-3, BB, double (9) (.256 AVG)

The Orioles fly to LA this weekend for a series against the Angels. Brad Bergesen (5-9, 5.84) pitches tonight against Trevor Bell 1-3, 5.48) and the Angels.

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