Game 2: Orioles 1, Rangers 13

W – Matt Harrison (2-0)     L – Jake Arrieta (1-1)

– It was a weird night for Arrieta. He actually didn’t pitch as bad as his line indicates. His stuff looked as good as I’ve ever seen it, fastball from 94-96, throwing his curve for strikes, and a sharp 89 mph slider. He sat the Rangers down with back to back 1-2-3 innings to start the game. He had five strikeouts in only 3.1 innings but it all started unraveling in the 3rd. Arrieta started losing his control a bit and walked a couple batters then the Rangers offense woke up all at once, hitting good pitches and mistakes all the same. Adrian Beltre capped the inning with a two run homer. Jake came back out for the 4th but Mike Napoli crushed a homerun and that put an end to his night.
– Josh Rupe came in to eat some innings and did a pretty good job. He allowed an inherited runner to score but none of his own over 2.2 innings. He walked three batters but was able to pitch around it with a couple double play balls. Chris Jakubauskas made his Oriole debut to get us through the rest of the game without having to use any more arms. He gave up 5 runs over 3 innings, allowing a huge 3 run homer to Nelson Cruz in the 9th. To be fair he was just called up that day and had to travel from Norfolk and he probably wouldn’t have still been in the game if it was closer.
– Harrison shut down the Orioles over 7 innings, only allowing two hits. One of those was Adam Jones’ second homerun of the season, a solo shot. The other hit was a Vladimir Guerrero single. His stuff was in top form and with the run support he got, the O’s never had a chance.
– Jones also singled in the game, as did Felix Pie. Nick Markakis, Derrek Lee, Cesar Izturis, and Mark Reynolds each walked.
– JJ Hardy had been dealing with a sore ribcage but gave it a go in the nightcap. Unfortunately he felt something on the first pitch he saw when he swung hard and fouled the ball off. He didn’t lift the bat off his shoulder the rest of the at bat and struck out looking. I’d expect him to go on the disabled list to make sure it doesn’t linger throughout the season.

Player of the game: Adam Jones – 2-4, solo HR (2) (.233 AVG)

Today is the rubber match with Jeremy Guthrie (1-0, 0.00) trying to come back from pneumonia. Derek Holland (1-0, 4.50) pitches for Texas.


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