O’s Slaughtered Again 17-5

W – Henry Rodriguez (1-0)     L – Jake Arrieta (5-2)

– Jake Arrieta had been consistent this season, bringing good stuff to every game – including when he got beat up by Rangers – but not last night. He just didn’t have it. Thats bound to happen from time to time with young pitchers still learning to perform at the major league level but it was bad timing for a team coming off of three ugly losses. He was hammered for 6 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks with 3 strikeouts over 3.2 innings. He couldn’t really control anything and when he did get ahead of batters he let them work the count back in their favor.
– Jason Berken came in with the bases loaded in the 4th inning and hit the first batter he faced. He got out of the inning but couldn’t get through the 5th, giving up 6 runs on 5 hits and a walk. I have to think hes just not completely back to full strength following offseason rehab for his shoulder. Unless its bothering him again and he needs surgery. Clay Rapada finish the inning but gave up a run in the 6th. Mike Gonzalez gave up two runs over two innings and Kevin Gregg gave up two runs in the top of the 9th. This bullpen is just terrible.
– The offense tried to keep the team in the game but just couldn’t keep up the pace. We tied the game at three in the 3rd with a two RBI double from Matt Wieters and an RBI single by Luke Scott. After the Nationals scored three more in the top of the 4th, we came right back and scored two of our own with an RBI double by Felix Pie and a sacrifice fly from Adam Jones. Jones also singled.
– Nick Markakis stayed hot with two singles and a walk. So did Vladimir Guerrero with a pair of singles. Mark Reynolds walked twice and doubled. Ryan Adams got his first major league hit with a single starting at second base. Nolan Reimold and Jake Fox each singled off the bench late in the game.

Player of the game: Mark Reynolds – 1-2, R, 2 BB, double (9) (.190 AVG)

The Orioles are desperate for some wins and Jeremy Guthrie (1-6, 3.91) could use one also. The lefty John Lannan (2-4, 4.53) pitches for Washington.

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