O’s Hang On for 3-2 Victory

W – Jake Arrieta (4-1)     L – Kyle Davies (1-4)     SV – Kevin Gregg (6)

– Arrieta pitched like an ace tonight. He had a rough 2nd inning, throwing alot of pitches and giving up a solo homerun to Jeff Francour, but rebounded very nicely and ended up striking out 8 batters over 7 innings. The one run came on 3 hits and 2 walks and he really cruised through the last five innings of his outing. His curve ball was really working tonight.
– The play of the game had to be in the bottom of the 8th inning when Jim Johnson gave up a gapper with a runner on first that should have been a triple but Adam Jones made an incredibly heads up play as the ball wedged at the bottom of the outfield fence, calling the umpires attention for a ground rule double. It really saved the game. Even though a run would score anyway on a ground out it really changed the complexion of the inning. Johnson left with two outs and a runner on third but Mike Gonzalez retired the lefty to end the inning.
– Kevin Gregg walked a batter but stranded him on second base for his sixth save of the season. He walks a tight rope with his command but again got the job done, his ERA now down to 2.45.
– Nick Markakis looked much more comfortable at the plate tonight, hitting a couple of balls very hard. The first was a single ripped down the right field line in the 2nd inning to score Mark Reynolds. Robert Andino was thrown out at the plate but he had no business being sent home in the first place. Markakis struck again in the 7th in what would be a very important insurance run when he launched a solo homerun into right field, his third of the season.
– Our first run came in the 1st inning on a Derrek Lee sacrifice fly after Brian Roberts doubled to lead off the game and advanced to third on a Markakis fly ball. Lee also walked and was hit by a pitch in the game.
– Reynolds was perfect at the plate on the night with three singles and a walk. Luke Scott singled twice and walked twice to continue his hot streak. Andino had a bunt single and Jones singled as well.

Player of the game: Jake Arrieta – 7 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 8 K, W (4-1) (4.35 ERA)

Its the rubber game tomorrow as Chris Tillman (1-2, 5.25) tries to get the O’s to .500 again. Former Oriole Bruce Chen (3-1, 4.04) goes for the Royals.


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