Orioles 4, Blue Jays 8

W – Carlos Villanueva (3-0)     L – Zach Britton (5-4)

– Is the league figuring out Britton? Or is he just coming back to earth after looking like a Cy Young candidate before his last two starts? Probably somewhere in between. This is a league of adjustments and its his job now to make some and get back on track. He gave up 7 runs (5 earned) on 6 hits and 3 walks with 3 strikeouts over 5 innings tonight. The big hit was a grand slam from Edwin Encarnacion on what was actually a pretty decent pitch. If he flies out at the warning track we’d probably have a different story on our hands but the fact of the matter is the Orioles have now lost six of their last seven games.
– The game was a little out of hand early so Jeremy Accardo and Chris Jakubauskas were used to eat the last four innings. Accardo gave up a run and struck out three batters in his two innings and Jakubauskas struck out two over two scoreless innings. All of a sudden the bullpen has been pitching good and the starters are starting to get beat up. Would be nice to get them both working.
– The offense was in a 7-0 hole early on and didn’t record their first hit until the bottom of the 5th when JJ Hardy singled. He would come around to score the O’s first run on Robert Andino’s single. Andino would score on an Adam Jones single.
– Hardy hit a two run homer in the bottom of the 8th inning after Matt Wieters singled. It was too little, too late but it didn’t hurt Hardy padding his stats. He had three hits in the game. Jones had a pair of singles to get his average to .300. He was also hit by a pitch, as was Vladimir Guerrero who also had a single. Felix Pie and Ryan Adams singled while Mark Reynolds walked twice. The offense has had a very low amount of extra base hits lately. Speaking of which, Luke Scott seems like hes really hurting. Maybe its just a really long slump but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him hit the disabled list soon.

Player of the game: JJ Hardy – 3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR (4) (.270 AVG)

Game two of the series doesn’t look good on paper. Jake Arrieta (6-3, 4.97) goes up against Toronto’s ace Ricky Romero (5-4, 2.88).

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