O’s Lose Marathon 4-1

W – Hector Noesi (1-0)     L – Jeremy Accardo (2-1)

– This game looked like it was going to be a 1-0 loss and it might’ve been better if it had been. Our bullpen was emptied in the eventual 15 inning loss and we’re going to be short handed over the next couple games. But Zach Britton was great in his first ever start against the Yankees. The only run he gave up was unearned. Alex Rodriguez singled, moved to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a errant pickoff attempt, and scored on a sacrifice fly. Other than that Britton was untouched over seven innings, allowing six hits and three walks with four strikeouts.
– Buck Showalter might’ve managed the eighth inning differently if he knew how long the game would go on but obviously he didn’t. Clay Rapada got the first batter out and then was replaced by Jason Berken who finished off the inning. With the Orioles still trailing 1-0 in the top of the ninth Kevin Gregg was brought in and he kept the deficit at one, striking out two batters.
– Koji Uehara struck out the side in the 10th, Jim Johnson got through the 11th and 12th unscathed, and Jeremy Accardo got through some tough jams in the 13th and 14th. With runners on first and third with no outs in the 13th, Accardo struck out A-Rod, walked Robinson Cano intentionally, struck out Chris Dickerson, and retired Andruw Jones to end the inning.
– Accardo allowed the first two runners to reach in the 15th and was replaced by Mike Gonzalez, who immediately gave up a two run double. He hit the next batter, Dickerson, in the head with a fastball and was thrown out of the game. The home plate umpire was terrible all game on balls and strikes and again on this ejection. I thought it was pretty obvious that it wasn’t intentional. This is Mike Gonzalez we’re talking about. He has no idea where the ball is going when he throws it. I think he just overthrew the ball after being upset about giving up the lead. It was unfortunate but not malicious. He was our last reliever so Jeremy Guthrie warmed up for 15 minutes before getting out of the inning, allowing a sacrifice fly in the process. He won’t be able to start today but hopefully that will be like a side session and he can pitch over the weekend.
– The offense couldn’t do anything until Bartolo Colon was taken out of the game in favor of Mariano Rivera in the ninth. Back to back singles by Adam Jones and Nick Markakis set up Vladimir Guerrero’s sacrifice fly to tie it and set up the epic extra inning affair. The O’s loaded up the bases in both the 11th and 12th innings but couldn’t get a run in. Felix Pie hit a ball to the wall in the 14th that looked like it was going to get out but just missed. In the bottom of the 15th Markakis singled and Brandon Snyder walked to open the inning. Luke Scott flew out to left and then Matt Wieters hit a ball that would’ve been a single into right field but the ball inexplicably hit Snyder for a force out. Theres no telling how the game would’ve went if that ball got through. We ended up 3-13 with runners in scoring position.
– Pie, Jones, Markakis, and Guerrero each had two singles. Wieters had three and Scott had a double. JJ Hardy, Mark Reynolds, and Robert Andino each walked but the bottom of the lineup was a combined 0-16.

Player of the game: Zach Britton – 7 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K (2.14 ERA)

With Guthrie ineligible to start tonight, it looks like Brad Bergesen (1-4, 4.35) will go instead. He’ll be on his regular turn because of the rain out in Boston. CC Sabathia (3-3, 3.47) pitches for the Yankees.


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