Archive for May, 2011

Losing Streak Reaches Four with 4-3 Loss

May 31, 2011

W – Doug Fister (3-5)     L – Jake Arrieta (6-3)     SV – Brandon League (14)

– Jake Arrieta was awful again. Hes really been struggling lately, even with a quality start his last time out. He just can’t control anything right now and I’m still nervous an injury is going to pop up. It was the shortest outing of Jake’s career yesterday, only lasting 2.1 innings while giving up four runs on four hits and four walks with three strikeouts. He was hit in the ankle or lower shin by a ground ball up the middle to start the 3rd inning and that might’ve had a little bit of an effect. He left the game with the bases loaded and nobody out.
– Alfredo Simon came into the game in a tight spot with no outs and the bases loaded. He could’ve let the game get out of hand right then and there but was able to get out of the jam without allowing a run. He ended up pitching 3.2 scoreless innings and striking out four batters. Pedro Viola made his season debut and looked pretty good, keeping Seattle scoreless over 1.2 innings, striking out two. Jim Johnson struck out the only batter he faced to end the 8th inning.
– Mark Reynolds got the O’s on the board in the 3rd inning with a solo homerun to the third deck in straightaway left. Hes slowly coming along offensively. The Orioles wouldn’t score again until the top of the 8th. Robert Andino and Felix Pie singled and scored first on Nick Markakis’ single and then on Vladimir Guerrero’s grounder to third base that resulted in an error. The Orioles couldn’t do anything else in the inning or in the 9th resulting in the loss.
– Pie had two singles in the game. Luke Scott doubled and walked. Matt Wieters and Nolan Reimold each singled.

Player of the game: Alfredo Simon – 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, BB, 4 K (4.05 ERA)

Jeremy Guthrie (2-6, 3.63) will try to put an end to the losing streak in another late west coast game. Our old friend Erik Bedard (3-4, 3.48) pitches for the Mariners.


Down on the Farm: May 30th

May 30, 2011

AAA Norfolk 5, Pawtucket 4

RHP Rick VandenHurk – 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K (5.04 ERA)
1B Brandon Snyder – 2-6, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR (6) (.283 AVG)
3B Josh Bell – 2-5, 2 R, RBI, BB, HR (8) (.262 AVG)
RF Blake Davis – 2-5 (.292 AVG)

AA Bowie 6, Harrisburg 7

2B Greg Miclat – 2-5, R, SB (17) (.243 AVG)
1B Robbie Widlansky – 2-5, solo HR (4) (.264 AVG)
DH Caleb Joseph – 3-4, R, RBI, double (6) (.294 AVG)
RF Ronnie Welty – 2-3, 2 R, BB, triple (2) (.241 AVG)
3B Bill Rowell – 1-3, 2 RBI, BB, double (2) (.225 AVG)

A+ Frederick 8, Myrtle Beach 4

RHP Oliver Drake – 6 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, BB, 7 K, W (3-2) (3.38 ERA)
LHP Chris Petrini – 3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, BB, 4 K, SV (1) (2.25 ERA)
DH Tyler Townsend – 1-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB (.308 AVG)
1B Tyler Kolodny – 2-3, R, RBI, HBP (.281 AVG)
3B Dale Mollenhauer – 1-3, RBI, BB, double (5) (.266 AVG)

A Delmarva 2, Lakewood 3

LHP Tim Berry – 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (4.23 ERA)
CF Michael Planeta – 2-4, double (8) (.296 AVG)
RF Brenden Webb – 1-3, 2 Run HR (2) (.199 AVG)

Tillman Demoted Too

May 30, 2011

The Orioles demoted RHP Chris Tillman to AAA Norfolk and recalled RHP Chris Jakubauskas from Norfolk.

Looks like the Orioles will go with a four man rotation for a while with five off days in June. I’m guessing whoever looks best in AAA Norfolk between Tillman and Brad Bergesen will get called back up before the month is over. Alfredo Simon or Jakubauskas could get spot starts if needed. Buck Showalter will have plenty of bullpen arms to choose from although it could be tough to get everyone enough innings if the starters are pitching well, which would be a good problem to have. Jakubauskas pitched really good in his last appearance, a start, for AAA Norfolk. I would’ve liked to have seen Tillman continue to get starts at the major league level to continue his development but I can understand Buck putting an emphasis on winning games.

O’s Swept in Oakland 6-4

May 30, 2011

W – Guillermo Moscoso (2-0)     L – Zach Britton (5-3)     SV – Brian Fuentes (11)

– Britton had the worst game of his young career. He couldn’t get through six innings and gave up six runs on 10 hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Hes young and it was his first start on the west coast but it was bad timing with the Orioles coming off back to back losses.
– Jeremy Accardo continued to pitch well, throwing 1.1 perfect innings. Kevin Gregg walked three batters in the bottom of the 8th but he escaped without allowing a run.
– The offense finally had an extra base hit but it was the only one of the series, a double by JJ Hardy after Matt Wieters singled to put runners in scoring position. Unfortunately we weren’t able to score.
– The offense scored four runs in the top of the 5th to take a 4-1 lead. Back to back singles by Hardy and Mark Reynolds opened the inning. Robert Andino sacrificed them to second and third and was safe at first. Felix Pie singled, Nolan Reimold walked and Nick Markakis and Vladimir Guerrero each had RBI ground outs. Britton gave up four runs in the bottom half of the inning to give the lead right back. Andino had a single and walked.
– Adam Jones left the game in the 4th with a sore shoulder. Hes listed as day to day and the Orioles need to hope thats all it is. Jones has been the O’s best hitter consistently since the calender turned to May.

Player of the game: JJ Hardy – 2-4, R, double (6) (.247 AVG)

Its off to Seattle now for an afternoon game on Memorial Day. Jake Arrieta (6-2, 4.57) pitches game one against Doug Fister (2-5, 3.18).

Down on the Farm: May 29th

May 30, 2011

AAA Norfolk 5, Columbus 6

RHP Jason Berken – 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K (4.76 ERA)
CF Matt Angle – 2-3, R, RBI, BB, SB (8) (.207 AVG) – Minor League Player of the Night
LF Tyler Henson – 2-5 (.248 AVG)
1B Brandon Snyder – 2-5 (.281 AVG)
C John Hester – 2-5, R, RBI, 2 doubles (4) (.266 AVG)
RF Blake Davis – 1-2, R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, triple (1) (.287 AVG)

AA Bowie 1, Harrisburg 6

RHP Chorye Spoone – 6 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, BB, 2 K, L (0-2) (4.91 ERA)
C Steven Lerud – 1-2, BB (.202 AVG)
1B Bill Rowell – 1-2, BB (.221 AVG)
RF Ronnie Welty – 1-2, BB (.232 AVG)

AA Bowie 0, Harrisburg 1

RHP Tim Bascom – 5.2 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 4 K, L (2-2) (4.31 ERA)
C Caleb Joseph – 1-2, HBP (.280 AVG)
RF Ronnie Welty – 1-3, double (6) (.234 AVG)
DH Buck Britton – 2-3, double (1) (.176 AVG)

A+ Frederick 4, Salem 3

RHP Ryohei Tanaka – 5 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 K, W (2-0) (1.45 ERA)
CF Steven Bumbry – 2-4, R, BB, double (8) (.218 AVG)
RF Bobby Stevens – 1-3, R, RBI, 2 BB, triple (1), SB (2) (.306 AVG)
LF Kipp Schutz – 1-1, R, RBI, HBP, double (1) (.333 AVG) – Schutz came out of the game after being hit by a pitch.
1B Tyler Kolodny – 2-4, R, RBI (.272 AVG)

A Delmarva 1, Lakewood 4

RHP Scott Copeland – 6 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 2 K, L (4-3) (4.35 ERA)
RHP Randy Henry – 2 IP, H, ER, BB, 4 K (2.25 ERA)
C Justin Dalles – 1-3, double (4) (.209 AVG)

Bergesen Demoted with Matusz Return Looming

May 29, 2011

The Orioles have sent RHP Brad Bergesen to AAA Norfolk and recalled LHP Pedro Viola from AA Bowie.

I agree that Bergesen is the guy to take out of the starting rotation but I would’ve liked to have seen him given a shot in the bullpen. I think he could be effective there and its not like relief pitching has been one of our strong suits. But I guess this way he can stay stretched out in case of another injury, demotion, or trade. We’re not very deep at starter in the upper minors. Viola will make a temporary stop in the majors. He was on the 40 man roster already and has options so he was an easy choice to bolster the bullpen until Brian Matusz is activated for Wednesday’s start. Viola was pitching well for Bowie with a 1.80 ERA over 20 innings with 21 strikeouts and 7 walks. Maybe he’ll get a promotion to AAA Norfolk when he returns to the minors.

O’s Lose Again to A’s 4-2

May 29, 2011

W – Josh Outman (1-0)     L – Brad Bergesen (1-6)     SV – Brian Fuentes (10)

– Bergesen wasn’t terrible but he didn’t do enough to keep his spot in the rotation, or even on the roster seeing as he was sent down to AAA Norfolk after the game. He gave up three runs (two earned) on nine hits and two walks with five strikeouts over 5.2 innings. He has been the weakest link in the starting rotation despite pitching a complete game shutout a few outings ago.
– The bullpen pretty much kept the O’s in the game. Clay Rapada continued to get lefties out, striking out the only batter he faced. Jim Johnson struck out two batters over a scoreless frame and Koji Uehara gave up a solo homerun in the 8th.
– The offense has still yet to have an extra base hit in this series. We had six singles and seven walks last night. Adam Jones and Craig Tatum each had RBI singles. Robert Andino, Vladimir Guerrero, Nolan Reimold, and Ryan Adams were the others. Andino and Tatum walked twice while Nick Markakis, JJ Hardy, and Mark Reynolds each walked once. The Orioles are now 1-11 over their last 12 games in Oakland.

Player of the game: Craig Tatum – 1-2, R, RBI, 2 BB (.333 AVG)

Zach Britton (5-2, 2.35) will try to be the stopper and avoid the sweep today. The Orioles get a break by facing a right handed starter in Guillermo Moscoso (1-0, 0.00).

Down on the Farm: May 28th

May 29, 2011

AAA Norfolk 2, Columbus 1

RHP Mitch Atkins – 6.2 IP, 6 H, ER, 0 BB, 7 K (3.86 ERA)
3B Josh Bell – 1-4, RBI, 2 BB (.260 AVG)
DH Blake Davis – 2-5 (.283 AVG)

AA Bowie 3, Harrisburg 8

DH Robbie Widlansky – 2-5, double (16) (.259 AVG)
C Caleb Joseph – 2-4, double (5) (.277 AVG)
1B Bill Rowell – 1-2, R, 2 BB (.213 AVG)
RF Ronnie Welty – 3-4, 2 Run HR (8) (.229 AVG) – Minor League Player of the Night

A+ Frederick 6, Salem 3

LHP Nathan Moreau – 6 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, W (5-3) (3.97 ERA)
CF Steve Bumbry – 2-4, R, RBI, BB, double (7) (.205 AVG)
LF Kipp Schutz – 2-4, R, 2 RBI (.294 AVG)
C Adam Donachie – 2-4, R, double (2) (.250 AVG)
DH Joe Oliveira – 1-3, R, BB (.333 AVG)

A Delmarva 3, West Virginia 5

LHP Jacob Pettit – 7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 2 K (3.62 ERA)
LF Tyler Kelly – 2-4, R (.333 AVG)
SS Jonathon Schoop – 2-4, solo HR (7) (.311 AVG)
1B Mike Flacco – 1-2, 2 BB, 2 Run HR (2), SB (2) (.311 AVG)

O’s Lose In Oakland 6-2

May 28, 2011

W – Brad Ziegler (1-0)     L – Alfredo Simon (1-1)

– The Orioles only real chance in this game came in the top of the 2nd inning. We loaded the bases with singles from Vladimir Guerrero and Matt Wieters and a Nolan Reimold walk. Mark Reynolds walked to score a run and we still had the bases loaded and nobody out. JJ Hardy struck out Jake Fox hit into a double play to end the inning. Gio Gonzalez had great stuff and it seemed like if we didn’t get to him then we wouldn’t get to him ever. And that turned out to be true.
– We scored on a throwing error in the 5th to tie the game but the bullpen gave the lead right back. We only had six singles in the game (Wieters two, Robert Andino, Nick Markakis, Guerrero, and Hardy each one.). Reynolds walked twice. Markakis and Fox each walked once. The team was 0-7 with runners in scoring position.
– Chris Tillman continued to throw way too many pitches yet find ways to get out of jams and keep the damage to a minimum. This time out he was only able to go 4.1 innings but he only allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts. He left the game with the bases loaded and one out but Alfredo Simon came in got out of it unscathed. Unfortunately the A’s got to Simon the next inning for three runs. Mike Gonzalez threw gas on the fire, giving up a solo homerun over his 1.2 innings.

Player of the game: Matt Wieters – 2-4 (.272 AVG)

Brad Bergesen gets one last chance to keep his spot in the rotation tonight while Josh Outman tries to keep the Orioles off the board.

Down on the Farm: May 27th

May 28, 2011

AAA Norfolk 2, Columbus 5

LHP Brian Matusz – 5 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 7 K (1.80 ERA) – I think its safe to assume Matusz is ready. He’ll make his next start Wednesday afternoon in Seattle.
RF Tyler Henson – 2-4, double (9) (.245 AVG)
DH Blake Davis – 1-3, R, BB (.278 AVG)
LF Kyle Hudson – 1-3, R (.263 AVG)

AA Bowie 0, Harrisburg 2

LHP Rick Zagone – 5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, L (1-4) (5.20 ERA)
CF Xavier Avery – 2-3 (.262 AVG) – Avery is scorching at the plate right now after starting the year very slowly.
SS Pedro Florimon – 1-2 (.231 AVG)
RF Ronnie Welty – 1-2 (.216 AVG)

A+ Frederick 10, Salem 3

RHP Bobby Bundy – 5 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, W (5-3) (2.72 ERA)
CF Steve Bumbry – 2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, double (6), HR (2) (.192 AVG)
2B Bobby Stevens – 3-3, 2 R, RBI, BB, double (4) (.295 AVG)
LF Kipp Schutz – 2-5, 3 R, 2 RBI, HR (1) (.222 AVG)
1B Tyler Kolodny – 4-5, double (10) (.280 AVG)
3B Dale Mollenhauer – 2-4, R, 3 RBI, BB, double (4), HR (2) (.267 AVG) – Minor League Player of the Night

A+ Frederick 4, Salem 3

LHP Nicholas Haughian – 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, BB, K (5.01 ERA)
RHP Clayton Schrader – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, BB, 2 K, W (1-0) (0.00 ERA) – Schrader continued his success after being promoted from A Delmarva.
RF Bobby Stevens – 2-4 (.308 AVG)
3B Dale Mollenhauer – 2-3, R (.277 AVG) – Minor League Player of the Night
DH Joe Oliveira – 1-3, RBI, triple (1) (.333 AVG)
2B Sammie Starr – 1-2, R, BB (.500 AVG)

A Delmarva 5, West Virginia 4

LHP Jarret Martin – 5 IP, 3 H, ER, 4 BB, 3 K (4.65 ERA)
RHP Tim Adleman – 6 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K (7.42 ERA) – Delmarva finally won this game in the bottom of the 19th inning.
CF Michael Planeta – 3-8, R, 2 RBI, BB, double (7), triple (1), SB (3) (.302 AVG)
SS Jonathon Schoop – 2-8, BB, double (12), SB (4) (.307 AVG)
LF Riley Hornback – 3-6, R, BB (.238 AVG)
RF Brenden Webb – 2-7, R, BB, double (3), SB (5) (.198 AVG)