5-3 Loss Is Eighth Straight

W – Francisco Liriano (1-3)     L – Chris Tillman (0-2)     SV – Matt Capps (2)

– Tillman had a rough start, giving up two runs in the 2nd inning, but actually settled down nicely and pitched a good game. Its too bad we couldn’t give him any run support. He gave up an additional run in the 4th for a total of three over 6.2 innings. They came on 6 hits and no walks with 5 strikeouts. He left the ball up in the zone too much still but improved enough to deserve another few starts.
– Clay Rapada made his Oriole debut and did a good job, striking out three batters over 1.1 innings. Unfortunately Kevin Gregg blew any chance the O’s had of coming back and winning the game by giving up a pair of runs in the top of the 9th. He had no command of his fastball, walking two and giving up two singles. I think its about time Koji was named the closer, hes just a better pitcher.
– The offense is just miserable at this point. Liriano came into the game with an ERA approaching 10 yet he shut us down for the first six innings. He walked five batters and fell behind in the count alot, but our hitters couldn’t capitalize. We were 0-4 with runners in scoring position.
– We finally knocked Liriano out of the game in the 7th with solo homeruns from Adam Jones and Matt Wieters. Former O’s farmhand Jim Hoey, who we sent to the Twins in the JJ Hardy deal, shut us down for 1.1 innings, before closer Matt Capps finished the job in the 9th. Luke Scott hit a pinch hit solo homerun which would’ve tied the game if Gregg didn’t falter in the top of the inning but it was too little too late.
– Robert Andino had two singles and Brian Roberts singled and walked. Derrek Lee walked twice. Mark Reynolds and Jake Fox each walked once. The time for being happy with good at bats is over. The hitters have to start putting things together. We need to start hitting and start hitting with authority. The three homeruns were nice but they were only solo shots. I feel like its only going to take one big inning and then the flood gates will open. At least I hope so. The Orioles are now 2-8 without SS JJ Hardy.

Player of the game: Chris Tillman – 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, L (0-2) (6.16 ERA)

Jake Arrieta (1-1, 7.04) will try to break the losing streak tonight. Carl Pavano (1-1, 3.60) has to be licking his lips to pitch against the O’s offense right now.

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