Archive for June, 2011

Down on the Farm: June 30th

June 30, 2011

AAA Norfolk 7, Scranton/WB 3

RHP Mitch Atkins – 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, K, W (2-3) (3.11 ERA)
CF Matt Angle – 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR (3) (.253 AVG)
1B Brandon Snyder – 3-4, R, 2 RBI, double (12) (.263 AVG)
DH Ryan Adams – 1-4, 2 RBI, double (13) (.283 AVG)
SS Carlos Rojas – 1-3, R, BB (.333 AVG)

AA Bowie 14, Binghamton 6

RHP Chorye Spoone – 5.1 IP, 5 H, ER, 5 BB, 3 K, W (2-4) (4.30 ERA)
CF Xavier Avery – 2-5, R, BB, SB (22) (.270 AVG)
2B LJ Hoes – 3-5, 2 R, BB (.291 AVG)
DH Robbie Widlansky – 3-5, 3 R, RBI (.254 AVG)
C Steven Lerud – 4-4, 4 R, 3 RBI, double (7), triple (1) (.215 AVG) – Minor League Player of the Night
SS Pedro Florimon – 3-4, R, 5 RBI, HR (6) (.248 AVG)

A+ Frederick 4, Lynchburg 0

LHP Nicholas Haughian – 6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, BB, 5 K, W (5-4) (3.99 ERA)
RF Steve Bumbry – 1-3, 2 BB, double (14) (.247 AVG)
2B Jonathon Schoop – 1-3, BB (.250 AVG)
CF Miguel Abreu – 2-4, R, double (8) (.261 AVG)
C Brian Ward – 2-4, R, 2 RBI, double (6) (.232 AVG)
SS Manny Machado – 0-4 (.148 AVG)

A Delmarva 11, Greensboro 3

RHP Luis Noel – 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, W (5-8) (5.62 ERA)
1B Mike Flacco – 2-3, 2 R, RBI, HBP (.279 AVG)
LF Jeremy Nowak – 3-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 doubles (3) (.421 AVG)
C Michael Ohlman – 3-3, 3 RBI, double (13) (.260 AVG)
SS Garabez Rosa – 2-4, R, 2 RBI (.280 AVG)
RF Brenden Webb – 2-4, R, 2 RBI (.226 AVG)

Short A Aberdeen 5, Staten Island 6

LHP Trent Howard – 2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, K (8.10 ERA) – Howard was the Orioles 7th round pick this year out of Central Michigan.
2B Austin Knight – 2-5, R, RBI, double (1) (.156 AVG)
SS Mychal Givens – 2-5, R, RBI (.288 AVG)
3B Connor Narron – 2-3, R, BB (.239 AVG)

GCL Orioles 6, Red Sox 1

RHP Matt Hobgood – 2 IP, H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (1.93 ERA)
RHP Ryan Berry – 1.2 IP, H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K (1.93 ERA)
LHP Eduardo Rodriguez – 3 IP, H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, SV (1) (0.00 ERA)
3B Moises Ciriaco – 1-3, R, HBP (.320 AVG)
RF Roderick Bernadina – 1-5, 3 RBI, double (5) (.265 AVG)
C Pedro Perez – 2-4, R, RBI (.250 AVG)

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O’s Lose to Cards Again 5-1

June 30, 2011

W – Chris Carpenter (3-7)     L – Chris Jakubauskas (2-1)

– Jakubauskas had his worst start since entering the rotation and it came on a bad night. He gave up five runs on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts over five innings to earn his first loss of the season. He was leaving pitches out over the plate and with his mediocre stuff, he paid for it. Brad Bergesen followed him with three perfect innings, raising the question of will he soon replace Jakubauskas in the rotation. I’d rather see Bergesen in there, Orioles starters haven’t made it into the 7th inning in over two weeks. Kevin Gregg threw a scoreless 9th, the first time he’d seen action in a while.
– Chris Carpenter threw a complete game only allowing the one run which came in the bottom of the 3rd. JJ Hardy singled and then Nick Markakis doubled him in to increase his hitting streak to a career high 18 games. We had a great chance to get back into the game in the 5th inning when we loaded the bases with nobody out and the heart of the order coming up. Felix Pie, Blake Davis, and Hardy hit consecutive singles to open the inning but then Markakis grounded out into a force, Adam Jones popped out to left field, and Vladimir Guerrero flew out to right field. Its just more examples of how bad we’ve been with runners in scoring position lately, 1-9 last night. Markakis and Guerrero each singled in the game.

Player of the game: Nick Markakis – 2-4, RBI, double (10) (.282 AVG)

Brian Matusz (1-3, 6.85) gets another chance to right the ship and avoid the sweep tonight against Jaime Garcia (6-3, 3.06).

Down on the Farm: June 29th

June 30, 2011

AAA Norfolk 2, Scranton/WB 1

RHP Steve Johnson – 6 IP, 8 H, ER, BB, 4 K (8.49 ERA)
RHP Jeremy Accardo – 3 IP, H, 0 ER, BB, K (0.00 ERA)
CF Matt Angle – 3-4, RBI (.246 AVG)
DH Josh Bell – 1-3, R, BB (.258 AVG)
2B Ryan Adams – 3-4, R, RBI, 2 doubles (12) (.283 AVG) – Minor League Player of the Night

AA Bowie 1, Akron 4

RHP Zach Clark – 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, L (5-7) (4.79 ERA)
RHP Pat Egan – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, BB, 3 K (0.00 ERA) – Egan was demoted from AAA Norfolk after posting a 5.12 ERA over 38.2 innings.
2B Greg Miclat – 0-3, R, BB, 2 SB (23) (.241 AVG)

A+ Frederick 3, Lynchburg 5

RHP Ryohei Tanaka – 6 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (3.25 ERA)
CF Miguel Abreu – 2-3, 2 R, RBI, HBP, HR (2) (.254 AVG)
C Justin Dalles – 3-4, RBI, double (1) (.500 AVG)
SS Manny Machado – 1-4 (.174 AVG)

A Delmarva 9, Greensboro 4

LHP Jarret Martin – 6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, W (4-3) (4.47 ERA)
2B Michael Mooney – 2-5, R, RBI, double (1) (.192 AVG)
1B Mike Flacco – 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR (5) (.273 AVG)
LF Jeremy Nowak – 1-2, 3 RBI, 2 BB, double (1) (.333 AVG)
SS Garabez Rosa – 2-3, R, BB (.238 AVG)
CF Brenden Webb – 1-3, 2 R, RBI, BB (.221 AVG)

Short A Aberdeen 1, Staten Island 9

RHP David Baker – 5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, BB, 6 K, L (0-1) (3.68 ERA)
1B Joe Velleggia – 1-3, BB (.289 AVG)
DH Austin Sawyer – 1-2, RBI, 2 BB (.257 AVG)
3B Connor Narron – 1-3, BB (.209 AVG)
2B Dudley Leonora – 2-4 (.240 AVG)

GCL Orioles 3, Red Sox 0

LHP Matt Bywater – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K (2.08 ERA)
RHP Jaime Esquivel – 4 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, K, W (2-0) (0.00 ERA)
CF Gregory Lorenzo – 2-4, 2 R, RBI, 2 doubles (2) (.294 AVG)
C Cameron Edman – 1-2, BB (.143 AVG)

Simon Activated From DL

June 29, 2011

The Orioles have activated RHP Alfredo Simon from the 15 day disabled list and designated LHP Clay Rapada for assignment.

Simon is returning from a hamstring strain he suffered while running between appearances. He had a solid 3.14 ERA over 14.1 innings with 15 strikeouts and 6 walks before getting injured. Hes able to work multiple innings and is a power arm for a tired bullpen. Orioles starters haven’t been going deep in games much at all so a guy like Rapada isn’t worth much to us right now. Hes a left handed specialist that has done extremely well in that role, left handed hitters were only 4 for 35 off of him, but he gets lit up against right handed hitters (9 for 13). His ERA was 7.30 over 12.1 innings but thats not very indicative of his value. He would be great on a playoff caliber team as a late inning weapon against lefties. Maybe someone takes a chance on him but I think he winds up back in AAA Norfolk.

O’s Lose Rain Delayed Game 6-2

June 29, 2011

W – Kyle Lohse (8-4)     L – Zach Britton (6-6)

– Britton had a tough 2nd inning, giving up four straight hits adding up to three runs, but pitched well the rest of the way. He gave up a solo homerun in the 6th before a half hour rain delay ended his outing. He ended up allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts over 5.2 innings. Clay Rapada finished the inning after the delay and got the first two batters of the 7th before being removed after a triple. Jason Berken came in and served up a two run homer, then went on to pitch the final 2.1 innings.
– The offense scored both of their runs in the bottom of the 8th inning. JJ Hardy hit a solo homerun then back to back doubles by Nick Markakis and Adam Jones scored another. Markakis also singled and Jones walked in the game. Vladimir Guerrero, Matt Wieters, Derrek Lee, and Robert Andino each singled and Mark Reynolds walked. Luke Scott bruised his knee making a leaping catch at the wall in the 9th inning and is listed as day to day. He was removed for a pinch hitter in the bottom half of the inning. Even without Albert Pujols the Cardinals were able to out score us.

Player of the game: Adam Jones – 1-3, RBI, BB, double (15) (.294 AVG)

Game two features a battle of the Chris’. Chris Carpenter (2-7, 4.26) faces the Orioles in Baltimore for the first time since he played for the Blue Jays while Chris Jakubauskas (2-0, 5.18) brags that he has a cooler last name.

Down on the Farm: June 28th

June 28, 2011

AAA Norfolk 9, Scranton/WB 2

RHP Chris Tillman – 7 IP, 5 H, ER, 3 BB, 4 K, W (2-2) (3.82 ERA)
CF Matt Angle – 2-4, R, 2 RBI, BB (.238 AVG)
C Jake Fox – 3-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR (6) (.292 AVG) – Minor League Player of the Night
3B Josh Bell – 3-5, 2 R (.258 AVG)
LF Nick Green – 2-3, R, 2 RBI, BB, double (15) (.202 AVG)

AA Bowie 2, Akron 4

LHP Rick Zagone – 5 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 BB, 2 K (4.71 ERA)
3B Buck Britton – 1-3, SB (2) (.290 AVG)
SS Pedro Florimon – 2-3, R, BB, double (13), SB (3) (.244 AVG)

A+ Frederick 2, Wilmington 5

LHP Nathan Moreau – 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 K, L (7-6) (3.42 ERA)
RF Steve Bumbry – 1-5, solo HR (4) (.251 AVG)
LF Kipp Schutz – 2-3, RBI, BB, double (8) (.245 AVG)
3B Dale Mollenhauer – 2-4 (.258 AVG)
SS Manny Machado – 1-4 (.158 AVG)

A Delmarva 1, Greensboro 2

LHP Jacob Pettit – 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, L (5-3) (3.69 ERA)
LF Jeremy Nowak – 1-2, BB, solo HR (1) (.308 AVG)
CF Michael Planeta – 1-3 (.268 AVG)

Short A Aberdeen 0, Brooklyn 1

RHP Jake Cowan – 6 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 K, L (0-2) (2.81 ERA)
3B Connor Narron – 2-3, HBP (.200 AVG)
C Austin Sawyer – 2-3, double (1) (.242 AVG)
2B Dudley Leonora – 1-3 (.217 AVG)

Down on the Farm: June 27th

June 28, 2011

AAA Norfolk 3, Buffalo 4

RHP Rick VandenHurk – 6 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, L (5-8) (4.64 ERA)
2B Ryan Adams – 2-4 (.281 AVG)
1B Brandon Snyder – 1-4, RBI, double (11) (.261 AVG)
RF Tyler Henson – 2-4, R, double (13) (.251 AVG)
SS Brendan Harris – 1-3, BB, 2 Run HR (5) (.225 AVG)

AA Bowie 9, Akron 10

RHP Tim Bascom – 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K (3.51 ERA)
CF Xavier Avery
– 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, double (17), HR (2) (.269 AVG)
2B Greg Miclat – 2-4, RBI, BB (.245 AVG)
C Caleb Joseph – 1-4, R, BB, double (11) (.272 AVG)
DH Robbie Widlansky – 2-5, 2 R, double (19) (.247 AVG)
SS Pedro Florimon – 3-5, R, 3 RBI, 2 doubles (12), HR (5) (.238 AVG)
RF Ronnie Welty – 2-4, 2 R, double (9), triple (3), SB (6) (.232 AVG)

A+ Frederick 2, Wilmington 0

RHP Oliver Drake – 9 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, BB, 6 K, W (6-3) (2.48 ERA) – Minor League Player of the Night
CF Miguel Abreu – 1-3, SB (14) (.244 AVG)
LF Kipp Schutz – 1-3, R (.233 AVG)
3B Dale Mollenhauer – 1-3, solo HR (5) (.254 AVG)
SS Manny Machado – 0-3 (.133 AVG) – Machado is hitless after starting out 2-6 in his first two games.

A Delmarva 11, Greensboro 7

RHP Scott Copeland – 6 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, K, W (5-5) (5.42 ERA)
SS Michael Rooney – 2-3, 2 R, RBI, HBP, double (5) (.362 AVG)
LF Tyler Kelly – 1-3, 2 R, RBI, 3 BB (.321 AVG)
1B Mike Flacco – 1-3, R, RBI, BB, HBP (.274 AVG)
C Michael Ohlman – 1-4, 4 RBI, BB, double (12) (.254 AVG)
CF Brenden Webb – 2-3, R, RBI, 2 BB (.223 AVG)

Short A Aberdeen 4, Brooklyn 3

RHP Parker Bridwell – 5 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 5 K (2.77 ERA)
RF Chris Clinton – 2-4, 2 R (.316 AVG)
SS Mychal Givens – 1-3, R, BB (.325 AVG)
1B Joe Velleggia – 2-4, 3 RBI (.323 AVG)
2B Dudley Leonora – 1-3, RBI, double (3) (.209 AVG)

GCL Orioles 1, Twins 4

LHP Cameron Coffee – 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, 2 K, L (0-2) (5.63 ERA)
RF Roderick Bernadina – 3-4, R, double (4), triple (1) (.280 AVG)
3B Michael Mosby – 1-3, BB (.130 AVG)
LF Gregory Lorenzo – 2-4 (.231 AVG)

O’s Take Series With 7-5 Win

June 27, 2011

W – Jeremy Guthrie (3-9)     L – Homer Bailey (3-2)     SV – Kevin Gregg (14)

– The Oriole bats are starting to show off the power that we thought they were capable of when the season started. Friday night’s hero, Derrek Lee, got it started in the 4th inning with a three run homer after Adam Jones and Vladimir Guerrero hit back to back singles to start the inning. Mark Reynolds hit a solo homerun two batters later. He also walked in the game. Jones also doubled.
– Nick Markakis continued his recent tear with three more hits, two of them RBI singles. He also stole his sixth base of the year. Our last run came on Luke Scott’s solo homerun. He hit one out on a 100+ mph fastball from Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman. Blake Davis had another good day at the plate in his third career game. He had a pair of singles and a walk. JJ Hardy and Craig Tatum each walked as well.
– Jeremy Guthrie didn’t have his best game yet he got a rare win. The home plate ump had a very tight strike zone, especially for Oriole pitchers it seemed. Guthrie walked four while giving up four runs and six hits over 5.2 innings. He struck out five batters. Clay Rapada came in for one batter with runners on first and second but walked him to load the bases before being replaced by Jim Johnson. Johnson proceeded to walk in two runs on some questionable calls. The runs were charged to Guthrie and Johnson got out of the inning, getting the next batter to ground out. He also pitched a scoreless 7th. Koji Uehara held the lead with a scoreless 8th and Kevin Gregg closed it out in the 9th, allowing a solo homerun in the process.

Player of the game: Nick Markakis – 3-5, 2 RBI, SB (6) (.277 AVG)

Another day off today before the Cardinals play their first ever game/series in Baltimore. Kyle Lohse (7-4, 2.91) gets the honor in game one against Zach Britton (6-5, 3.19).

Down on the Farm: June 26th

June 26, 2011

AAA Norfolk 3, Buffalo 5

LHP Chris George – 6 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (4.10 ERA)
C Jake Fox – 1-3, BB, 3 Run HR (4) (.268 AVG)
2B Brendan Harris – 1-3 (.224 AVG)

AA Bowie 6, Binghamton 4

RHP Alfredo Simon – 2 IP, H, 0 ER, BB, 3 K (3.00 ERA) – Simon could be back with the Orioles as soon as Tuesday.
CF Xavier Avery – 1-3, RBI, double (16) (.267 AVG)
RF Buck Britton – 2-4, 2 R, BB, triple (1) (.288 AVG)
LF LJ Hoes – 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB (6) (.293 AVG)
1B Joe Mahoney – 3-4, RBI, 3 doubles (7) (.309 AVG)
3B Brandon Waring – 2-4, R (.188 AVG)
SS Pedro Florimon – 3-4, R (.230 AVG)

A+ Frederick 6, Wilmington 2

RHP Bobby Bundy – 7 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 6 K, W (7-5) (3.10 ERA) – Minor League Player of the Night
2B Jonathon Schoop – 1-4, RBI, triple (1) (.261 AVG)
1B Tyler Townsend – 1-3, R, HBP (.317 AVG) – Townsend made his return from a hamstring injury.
DH Adam Donachie – 2-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR (3) (.259 AVG)
3B Dale Mollenhauer – 1-3, R, double (6) (.252 AVG)
SS Manny Machado – 0-4 (.167 AVG)

A Delmarva 2, Lakewood 3

LHP Tim Berry – 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, L (1-5) (5.16 ERA)
2B Michael Rooney – 1-3, BB (.345 AVG)
3B Tyler Kelly – 2-3, 2 RBI, BB (.320 AVG)
RF Brenden Webb – 2-4 (.216 AVG)

Short A Aberdeen 1, Brooklyn 6

LHP Aaron Wirsch – 5 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 2 K, L (0-1) (3.00 ERA)
CF Martin Serrata – 1-4, RBI (.211 AVG)
SS Mychal Givens – 1-4 (.324 AVG)

O’s Lose Home Run Derby 10-5

June 26, 2011

W – Bronson Arroyo (7-6)     L – Brian Matusz (1-3)

– There were nine homeruns in this game, accounting for all but one of the runs scored. Brian Matusz got knocked around again, his velocity still in the 85-87 mph range. He gave up three homeruns over 4.2 innings which resulted in six runs. He only walked one and struck out five but gave up nine hits. Its getting past the point of being just rust and needing to build arm strength back up. There has to be worry that his back is still bothering him or something else is going on. He doesn’t look anything like the pitcher we saw over the last two months of the 2010 season. Apparently he’ll make his next turn in the rotation but that may be more because of lack of depth and Jake Arrieta’s minor injury than anything else.
– Brad Bergesen didn’t fare any better coming out of the bullpen. He gave up two homeruns of his own. Over three innings he gave up four runs on three hits and three walks with three strikeouts. I see a trip back to AAA in his near future. Just when I thought he was going to get another crack at the rotation. Mike Gonzalez threw 1.1 scoreless innings. He can’t be pleased getting almost all of his work in mop up duty when games are already out of hand one way or the other. But thats what happens when you pitch as badly as he has over the past two years.
– The offense hit four homeruns of their own, tying the game at four at one point, but couldn’t keep up with the big red machine. Adam Jones hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the 1st to give the O’s a brief lead. Nick Markakis hit a two run shot in the 3rd, Matt Wieters hit a solo shot in the 4th, and JJ Hardy hit a solo homerun of his own in the 7th. Wieters hadn’t been hitting for much power at all before Friday (four extra base hits in May, four in June to that point) but he had two ground rule doubles in game one of the series and a homerun last night. Hes been inconsistent but the Orioles have to like how hes progressed this year.
– Hardy and Markakis both added singles to their box score line. Adam Jones walked, Luke Scott doubled, Vladimir Guerrero and Robert Andino each singled, and Mark Reynolds walked twice plus stole his fifth base of the season. Very disappointing loss after such a sweet victory the night before.

Player of the game: Nick Markakis – 2-4, 2 Run HR (6) (.271 AVG)

The Orioles will try to take the series today with Jeremy Guthrie (2-9, 3.79) on the mound. Homer Bailey (3-1, 3.00) pitches for Cincinnati.