O’s Blow Big Lead, Lose 6-5

W – Mariano Rivera (1-0)     L – Mike Gonzalez (0-1)

– Jake Arrieta bounced back pretty well from his disastrous start against the Rangers. He had a no hitter into the 5th inning until the Yankees were able to string some hits together. He got nine ground ball outs which is a good sign. He ended up allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and a walk with 2 strikeouts over 6 innings.
– The bullpen didn’t do a good job tonight, unable to hold the lead. Jason Berken walked the lead off batter in the 7th and he came around to score to cut the Orioles lead to one. Berken struck out two batters in the inning. Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless 8th despite allowing two hits.
– Kevin Gregg gave up the tying run on the first pitch. Jorge Posada went deep to center field. Curtis Granderson followed with a double but Gregg stranded him there, getting three consecutive outs to end the inning. Mike Gonzalez lost it in the 10th, walking the lead off batter, giving up a double to A-Rod, and then a sacrifice fly to Nick Swisher. He looks like he did at the beginning of last year when he struggled mightily.
– The Orioles jumped out to an early lead when Nick Markakis hit a two run homer in the 3rd inning. Cesar Izturis hit one of his two singles to lead off the inning. Mark Reynolds made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly in the third then Markakis struck again with an RBI double and scored on Vladimir Guerrero’s single.
– The Orioles blew a good chance later in the game when Felix Pie pinch ran for Luke Scott after he walked. Pie advanced to third on Adam Jones’ single but was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a wild pitch. It was a close play but the ball took a perfect bounce after it hit the backstop for the Yankees to make the play. The Orioles inability to add an extra insurance run is what cost them the game tonight.
– Brian Roberts and Derrek Lee each had singles in the game. Vlad had two and Scott doubled. Lee also continues to show his gold glove caliber defense at first base, scooping everything that comes his way. Its nice to have a real first baseman over there for a change.

Player of the game: Nick Markakis – 3-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, double (2), HR (2) (.268 AVG)

Its off to Cleveland where the Orioles will try to break their four game losing streak. Rookie Zach Britton (2-0, 0.66) will look to get things turned around against Justin Masterson (2-0, 1.35) whos off to a good start for the Indians.

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2 Responses to “O’s Blow Big Lead, Lose 6-5”

  1. Mike Says:

    Luke Scott cost us the game…He should not be our left feilder, plain and
    simple .. we play to many good offenses- and we have young pitching.

    He will hurt the team more then he can help.

    In second place is Gonzo…he must go

    Good news: our third pitcher- behind Guthrie and Matuz.. pitched great!

    • tank222 Says:

      I’m not sure he cost us the game but his lack of range sure didn’t help. This is why alot of people thought signing Vlad was mistake. It forces Scott to left field instead of just allowing him to hit while platooning Reimold and Pie in left. It still might work out but that was an argument out there.

      As far as Gonzalez I pretty much agree. Thats turning out to be a terrible contract, probably the worst MacPhail has given out.

      Arrieta looks good, as does Britton and Guthrie. If we can get Matusz back, our top 4 can beat anyone and we can get by with Bergesen or Duchscherer (if he ever sees the field) as the 5th starter. We’re just going through a rough patch right now as far as injuries go.

      Thanks for the feedback Mike.

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