Archive for April, 2011

O’s Slug Sox 10-4

April 29, 2011

W – Jake Arrieta (3-1)     L – John Danks (0-4)

– Arrieta didn’t have his best stuff tonight but he was able to get through 5 innings keeping the team in the game. He gave up 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks with 2 strikeouts. Luke Scott helped him out by robbing a homerun over the fence in left field. Arrieta just didn’t have the sharpness to his pitches that hes had in most of his starts so far. The good thing is he has a bulldog mentality and will give you everything he has.
– Clay Rapada pitched an inning, giving up a solo homerun to bring the White Sox back within one but the offense broke the game open to give the bullpen a bit of relief. Jim Johnson struck out two in a perfect inning and Jeremy Accardo pitched two scoreless innings.
– After falling behind 3-0 in the 2nd inning the Orioles came back and tied it up. Brian Roberts and Derrek Lee had RBI singles in the 3rd, then Scott hit a solo homerun in the 4th.
– Matt Wieters crushed a two run homer on a 3-0 count to give the O’s the lead in the 6th inning, then hit a two run double in the five run 7th. Roberts also had a two run double in the inning. Those were the only two hits but there were five walks, including one to Mark Reynolds with the bases loaded to force in a run.
– Robert Andino continues to impress hitting out of the nine spot with three more singles and a walk tonight. Reynolds singled, Nick Markakis walked twice, and Scott and Roberts each walked once.

Player of the game: Matt Wieters – 2-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, double (5), HR (4) (.260 AVG)

Chris Tillman (0-2, 6.16) gets back on the mound tomorrow night after having his turn skipped earlier in the week. Philip Humber (2-2, 3.20) is coming off a great start against the Yankees heading into game two of the series.

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Down on the Farm: April 29th

April 29, 2011

AAA Norfolk 11, Indianapolis 3

RHP Ryan Drese – 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, BB, 2 K, W (1-2) (6.35 ERA)
2B Ryan Adams – 3-5, R, RBI, BB (.286 AVG)
DH Nick Green – 1-3, R, 2 BB, double (7) (.247 AVG)
SS Brendan Harris – 3-5, 3 R, RBI, HR (2) (.188 AVG)
C Craig Tatum – 1-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB (.184 AVG)
CF Matt Angle – 2-5, R, RBI (.167 AVG)

AA Bowie 8, Richmond 7

CF Xavier Avery – 3-4, RBI (.253 AVG)
1B Joe Mahoney – 2-4, 2 R, RBI, double (2), HR (1) (.263 AVG)
C Caleb Joseph – 2-4, 3 Run HR (2) (.286 AVG)
SS Pedro Florimon – 1-2, 2 R, BB (.288 AVG)
3B Carlos Rojas – 2-4, 2 R (.310 AVG)

A+ Frederick 5, Myrtle Beach 1

RHP Bobby Bundy – 6 IP, 6 H, ER, 0 BB, 7 K, W (2-2) (2.37 ERA) – Minor League Player of the Night
RHP Dan Klein – 2 IP, H, 0 ER, BB, 3 K (1.15 ERA)
2B LJ Hoes – 2-4, R (.208 AVG)
1B Tyler Townsend – 1-4, R, 3 RBI, HR (3) (.296 AVG)
C Brian Ward – 1-3, BB, 2 Run HR (2) (.231 AVG)

A Delmarva 7, Savannah 5

RHP Luis Noel – 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 K, W (2-1) (4.15 ERA)
SS Manny Machado – 2-4, BB (.325 AVG)
LF Kipp Schutz – 2-5 (.359 AVG)
DH Michael Ohlman – 1-2, 3 R, BB, HBP (.269 AVG)
C Justin Dalles – 1-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, HBP, HR (2) (.308 AVG)
2B Mychal Givens – 3-3, R, RBI, BB, double (2) (.178 AVG) – Givens is suddenly on fire with five hits in the last two games, yet hes still well under .200.

O’s Bid For Sweep Fails 6-2

April 29, 2011

W – Jon Lester (3-1)     L – Jim Johnson (1-1)

– Brad Bergesen did what he had to do to keep the Orioles in the game against Jon Lester. It was easily his best performance of the season and it continued the good starting pitching we’ve been getting lately. He gave up a couple of early runs but got out of a jam in the 6th to complete his line. There were runners on second and third with no outs and he struck out the next two batters then got a deep fly ball to end the inning. Hopefully we can count on more of these kinds of performances going forward from Bergesen.
– While the starting pitching has been good, the bullpen has been our biggest problem and that continued last night. Jim Johnson gave up a run in the top of the 7th and then walked Kevin Youkilis to start the 8th before Mike Gonzalez was brought in. Hes been terrible all year and was again, letting the inherited runner score as well as two of his own. Jason Berken came in and finished the inning, recording the final two outs. Josh Rupe pitched a scoreless 9th.
– The offense only had four hits but they battled all game to stay in it until it was broken open in the later innings. Brian Roberts started the game with a walk, advanced to second on Nick Markakis’ single, stole third base, and scored on Derrek Lee’s single. That was the most productive burst we would get though.
– Vladimir Guerrero lined a homerun to left in the bottom of the 6th to tie the game at two, his fourth of the season. The only other base runners were walks from Adam Jones and Matt Wieters and a single by Robert Andino.

Player of the game: Brad Bergesen – 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (4.76 ERA)

Jake Arrieta (2-1, 4.94) is waiting for the Orioles to arrive in Chicago for tonight’s game against John Danks (0-3, 3.27) and the White Sox. Its the first game in a series of four.

Down on the Farm: April 28th

April 29, 2011

AAA Norfolk 6, Indianapolis 0

RHP Chorye Spoone – 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, W (1-0) (5.00 ERA)
CF Tyler Henson – 2-5, R (.246 AVG)
2B Ryan Adams – 2-5, R (.266 AVG)
1B Brandon Snyder – 2-4, 2 R, RBI, BB, HR (5) (.299 AVG) – Snyders hitting like hes back in Bowie and its 2009. Hope he can keep it up, it would be nice to get him back as a prospect.
LF Nolan Reimold – 1-2, R, 2 RBI, 3 BB, double (2) (.239 AVG)
RF Blake Davis – 3-4 (.310 AVG)

AA Bowie 1, Akron 2

LHP Rick Zagone – 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, L (1-1) (5.68 ERA)
1B Robbie Widlansky – 2-3, RBI, BB (.328 AVG)
3B Carlos Rojas – 1-3 (.286 AVG)

AA Bowie 4, Akron 2

RHP Steve Johnson – 6 IP, H, ER, BB, 6 K, W (1-0) (0.90 ERA)
CF Xavier Avery – 1-3, R, BB (.227 AVG)
2B Greg Miclat – 1-2, R, double (2) (.172 AVG)
LF Robbie Widlansky – 1-2, R, RBI, BB (.333 AVG)
DH Caleb Joseph – 1-3, 2 RBI, triple (1) (.267 AVG)

A+ Frederick 5, Winston-Salem 4

RHP Oliver Drake – 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 K, W (1-0) (1.86 ERA)
RF Kyle Hudson – 2-5, RBI (.288 AVG)
1B Tyler Townsend – 2-5, 2 R, triple (1) (.299 AVG)
SS Garabez Rosa – 2-4, 2 doubles (4) (.255 AVG)
C Brian Ward – 1-3, R, BB (.222 AVG)

A Delmarva 8, Savannah 3

LHP Tim Berry – 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, BB, 3 K (5.17 ERA)
CF Steve Bumbry – 2-3, 2 R, BB, HBP (.412 AVG)
3B Jonathon Schoop – 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, double (5) (.329 AVG)
SS Manny Machado – 1-3, RBI, 2 BB, double (6) (.315 AVG)
RF Kipp Schutz – 2-4, R (.356 AVG)
C Michael Ohlman – 3-4, 2 Run HR (1) (.260 AVG) – Minor League Player of the Night
LF Tyler Kelly – 2-3, R, SB (1) (.293 AVG)
2B Mychal Givens – 2-4, RBI, double (1) (.143 AVG) – Givens got off to a dreadful start. Hopefully it was a slump and hes over it.

O’s Gut Out 5-4 Win

April 28, 2011

W – Koji Uehara (1-1)     L – Daniel Bard (0-3)     SV – Kevin Gregg (4)

– Jeremy Guthrie can’t buy a win, no matter how well he pitches. He held the Red Sox scoreless over 6 innings on 7 hits and a walk while striking out 6, and left the game with the Orioles winning 4-0 but still got a no decision to leave his record at 1-3 despite a 2.53 ERA. He was on his game last night and a high pitch count was the only reason he had to come out of the game.
– Jeremy Accardo pitched a perfect 7th inning, setting Boston down on seven pitches, but got in trouble real quick in the 8th. He gave up a lead off single and then walked Dustin Pedroia before being taken out for the lefty specialist, Clay Rapada. Only problem is Rapada didn’t get out the lefty, giving up an RBI single. Koji Uehara was brought in and immediately gave up a three run homer to Kevin Youkilis to tie the game up. He would eventually get out of the inning but the damage was done.
– The Orioles didn’t let that disappointment stop them though. They jumped on flamethrower Bard right away with back to back singles by Nick Markakis and Derrek Lee. A wild pitch advanced the runners, then another wild pitch occured but Markakis was thrown out at the plate. Lee advanced to third and scored on Vladimir Guerrero’s RBI single. Kevin Gregg then pitched his fourth straight scoreless inning to get the save and give the O’s the win. O’s fans can put away the voodoo dolls of this guy for now.
– The Orioles jumped out to an early lead on back to back homeruns from Luke Scott and Adam Jones in the bottom of the 4th. Scott’s was a two run blast that landed on Eutaw Street. Josh Beckett didn’t like the way he acted afterwards and let anybody that would listen know about it. Our other run came on a Brian Roberts sacrifice fly in the 5th.
– Lee had three hits in the game including a double to raise his average to .247. Jones also had a double while Matt Wieters and Robert Andino each singled.

Player of the game: Jeremy Guthrie – 6 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, BB, 6 K (2.53 ERA)

The Orioles will try for a surprising sweep tonight but it’ll be tough. Jon Lester (2-1, 2.59) owns the O’s, while Brad Bergesen (0-3, 5.40) has struggled all year.

Down on the Farm: April 27th

April 28, 2011

AAA Norfolk 6, Indianapolis 7

LHP Mike Ballard – 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K (4.74 ERA)
1B Brandon Snyder – 2-4, 2 R, double (6) (.288 AVG)
DH Rhyne Hughes – 1-2, R, RBI, 2 BB, double (2), SB (1) (.222 AVG)
2B Ryan Adams – 1-4, BB, double (3) (.257 AVG)
3B Nick Green – 1-4, 3 Run HR (3) (.261 AVG) – RF Tyler Henson also hit a HR (2)

A+ Frederick 4, Winston-Salem 2

RHP Ryan O’Shea – 7 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K, W (2-1) (1.99 ERA)
CF Trent Mummey – 1-3, 2 R, BB, triple (2), 2 SB (2) (.429 AVG)
LF LJ Hoes – 2-4, RBI, SB (3) (.203 AVG)
3B Dale Mollenhauer – 1-3, BB, SB (3) (.263 AVG)

A Delmarva 5, Savannah 2

RHP Scott Copeland – 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K (3.97 ERA)
RHP Clayton Schrader – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, BB, 5 K, W (1-1) (4.09 ERA)
SS Manny Machado – 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, double (5), HR (3) (.314 AVG) – Minor League Player of the Night – Make it three straight games with a homerun for Machado.
3B Tyler Kelly – 3-4, R (.263 AVG)
CF Brenden Webb – 2-3 (.200 AVG)
1B Mike Flacco – 1-3, RBI, BB (.286 AVG)

O’s Claw Their Way to 4-1 Win

April 27, 2011

W – Zach Britton (4-1)     L – Clay Buchholz (1-3)     SV – Kevin Gregg (3)

– Britton makes it hard to believe hes a rookie out there. He stymied the red hot Red Sox for 6 innings, only allowing a run on 5 hits and 2 walks. He only struck out two batters but first and foremost hes a ground ball pitcher, which he showed with his 11-4 go/ao ratio in the game. He cruised through the first three innings but had to work through jams in the last three. A single, fielder’s choice, stolen base, and a sacrifice fly gave Boston their first run in the 4th. In the 5th Britton walked Dustin Pedroia to load the bases with two out but got Adrian Gonzalez to ground out and end the inning. And in the 6th he got Carl Crawford to fly out with two runners on base. It was impressive, and I’ve been saying that alot about this guy.
– Jim Johnson continued to look great as well. He through two scoreless innings, striking out four, to set up closer Kevin Gregg. In what may be the biggest surprise of the season, Gregg didn’t give fans anxiety. He got the Red Sox in order, striking out a batter in the process.
– For the offense it was all about singles and sacrifice flies. In the 2nd inning we actually had some luck go our way. Luke Scott led off with a single and Mark Reynolds moved him to third with a double that hit the outfield wall in about three seconds. Matt Wieters then hit a routine grounder to first base, except that it hit the base right before Gonzalez could grab it and bounced away for an RBI single.
– The rest of our runs came on sac flies. Adam Jones had a pair and Reynolds had one. Jones was also intentionally walked, probably to prevent him from hitting another sacrifice fly. Of the O’s 12 hits, 10 were singles. The other extra base hit was Scott’s double. He also walked.
– Vladimir Guerrero had three singles, although he was hitting the ball very hard last night. Maybe hes about to come alive. Derrek Lee had two, as did Wieters. Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis each had one, Roberts extending his hitting streak to 12 games. Robert Andino walked.

Player of the game: Zach Britton – 6 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 2 K, W (4-1) (2.84 ERA)

The O’s have a tough test tonight with Josh Beckett (2-1, 1.93) on the mound for Boston. Hes pitching like its 2007 again. We’ll counter with our opening day starter, Jeremy Guthrie (1-3, 3.12).

Down on the Farm: April 26th

April 27, 2011

AAA Norfolk 5, Indianapolis 8

LHP Chris George – 5 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, BB, 2 K, L (0-2) (6.46 ERA)
1B Brandon Snyder – 1-4, R, BB, double (5) (.275 AVG)
2B Brendan Harris – 1-2, R, 2 BB (.167 AVG)
C Craig Tatum – 2-4, RBI (.190 AVG)

AA Bowie 6, Akron 4

RHP Zach Clark – 5 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, K, W (2-1) (2.75 ERA)
CF Xavier Avery – 3-5, 2 R, double (2) (.231 AVG)
RF Ronnie Welty – 1-3, BB, solo HR (3) (.263 AVG)
LF Robbie Widlansky – 2-4, R, 3 RBI, double (7), HR (2) (.328 AVG)
SS Pedro Florimon – 3-4, 2 RBI (.292 AVG)
2B Carlos Rojas – 2-3, BB (.276 AVG)

AA Bowie 0, Akron 1

RHP Wynn Pelzer – 5 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 4 K, L (1-1) (0.95 ERA)
CF Xavier Avery – 1-3 (.235 AVG)
C Caleb Joseph – 1-2, BB (.282 AVG)
SS Pedro Florimon – 1-3 (.294 AVG)

A+ Frederick 2, Winston-Salem 3

LHP Nathan Moreau – 5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, BB, 3 K, L (2-1) (4.11 ERA)
RHP Dan Klein – 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K (1.32 ERA)
RF Jacob Julius – 2-4 (.238 AVG)
3B Dale Mollenhauer – 2-3, BB (.257 AVG)
1B Tyler Townsend – 1-4, RBI, double (7) (.310 AVG)

A Delmarva 8, Savannah 7

LHP Jacob Pettit – 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, BB, 3 K (3.47 ERA)
3B Jonathon Schoop – 2-6, R, 2 RBI, double (4), HR (3) (.320 AVG)
SS Manny Machado – 2-4, BB, solo HR (2) (.303 AVG) – Back to back games with a homerun for Machado.
DH Kieron Pope – 2-5, 2 R (.296 AVG)
1B Mike Flacco – 2-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, BB, HR (1) (.281 AVG) – Minor League Player of the Night
LF Kipp Schutz – 1-4, R, BB (.354 AVG)

Down on the Farm: April 25th

April 26, 2011

AAA Norfolk 5, Durham 2

RHP Rick VandenHurk – 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, BB, 3 K, W (1-3) (5.75 ERA)
2B Ryan Adams – 1-3, 2 R, RBI, BB, HR (1), SB (2) (.262 AVG)
3B Josh Bell – 2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR (4) (.284 AVG)
LF Nolan Reimold – 2-4, R (.246 AVG)

A+ Frederick 14, Winston-Salem 7

CF Kyle Hudson – 2-4, 3 R, BB, double (2) (.302 AVG)
LF Trent Mummey – 4-6, 2 R, 5 RBI, double (1), triple (1) (.667 AVG) – Minor League Player of the Night – Great debut for Mummey who was promoted from A Delmarva before the game. Hes a sleeper prospect.
1B Tyler Townsend – 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, double (6) (.315 AVG)
RF Jacob Julius – 2-5, R, 4 RBI, HR (1) (.211 AVG)
3B Brent Mollenhauer – 2-4, R, RBI, BB, double (1) (.219 AVG)

A Delmarva 7, Savannah 3

RHP Tim Adleman – 7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, W (2-1) (4.95 ERA)
CF Steve Bumbry – 3-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, HR (1) (.750 AVG) – Bumbry was demoted from A+ Frederick after hitting .111 over 14 games. Hes off to a good start with a clean slate down a level.
SS Manny Machado – 2-4, 3 Run HR (1) – Machado hit his first homerun as an Shorebird.
DH Kieron Pope – 2-4 (.288 AVG)
RF Brenden Webb – 2-3, R, RBI (.184 AVG)

O’s Force Extras But Lose 6-3

April 25, 2011

W – Boone Logan (1-1)     L – Jason Berken (0-1)

– Jake Arrieta had a great game and is showing signs of reaching his potential. Unfortunately he and the Orioles were down 2-0 after four pitches. Derek Jeter singled on the first pitch, then Curtis Granderson homered three pitches later. After that Arrieta was able to settle down, only giving up one more run in the 5th inning. He struck out a career high 9 batters over 6 innings, allowing 5 hits and walking 3. Our starting rotation is going to be fun to watch after Brian Matusz returns in mid May.
– The bullpen kept the Yankees scoreless for four innings until the 11th inning. Koji Uehara, Jim Johnson, Kevin Gregg, and Jeremy Accardo each pitched scoreless innings. Accardo got help from a great throw from Adam Jones and tag from Matt Wieters at the plate to end the 10th. Accardo started the 11th and ran a full count on Robinson Cano before the rain came and delayed the game.
– Jason Berken came in after the delay and gave up a double to Cano to start things off. It got frustrating from there with a bunch of infield singles and errors leading to three runs and effectively dashing our hopes of completing the comeback.
– Freddy Garcia shut out the Orioles over 6 innings and we didn’t get on the board until Mark Reynolds broke out of a 0-22 slump by hitting a two run homer in the bottom of the 7th. In the 9th Brian Roberts tied the game with an RBI double off of Mariano Rivera. Adam Jones scored but Robert Andino was thrown out at the plate after pinch running for Jake Fox, who singled. It was an incredibly close play at the plate and it looked like Andino got his foot under the tag, but the throw beat him to the plate which usually leads to an out call. The Yankees executed the relay perfectly or else we would’ve won the game.
– The offense continued its woes although there were some hits. Jones singled and walked twice. Luke Scott singled twice. Nick Markakis and Vladimir Guerrero each singled. Matt Wieters drew a walk.

Player of the game: Jake Arrieta – 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 9 K (4.94 ERA)

The Orioles need to start getting some wins before things get too bad. They’re 2-11 over their last 13 games and the regrouped Red Sox are coming to town for a three game series starting tomorrow. Game one features Zach Britton (3-1, 3.16) against Clay Buchholz (1-2, 5.31).