Losing Streak Reaches Four with 4-3 Loss

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.

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