Bats Stay Hot, O’s Win 8-3

W – Jake Arrieta (9-4)     L – Charlie Morton (7-4)

– The Orioles won this game in the 1st inning, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring five runs. JJ Hardy singled to lead off the game, Nick Markakis doubled, and Adam Jones singled them both in. He moved to second base on the throw to the plate and Derrek Lee singled him in. Mark Reynolds walked between strikeouts from Matt Wieters and Felix Pie, but singles from Robert Andino and Jake Arrieta scored two more runs. Hardy struck out in his second at bat of the inning to finally end it.
– We scored two more in the 2nd inning with an RBI double by Wieters and a sacrifice fly by Reynolds. Hardy hit an RBI single in the 3rd for our last run. He also walked later in the game. Jones and Lee each singled again and Markakis added two of his own. Andino also singled again and Reynolds walked three times. Arrieta also laid down a sacrifice bunt. Maybe the Orioles were meant for the National league…
– Arrieta also won the game on the mound although it was frustrating to watch him fall behind so many hitters after being spotted such a big early lead. He only allowed three hits and two walks but that led to three runs. He struck out two batters. Arrieta this year is a testament to why win/loss record isn’t a very significant stat. He has a mediocre 4.50 ERA but because he gets alot of run support so now hes tied for the major league lead with nine wins. I still like him and think he has alot of potential but hes not the best pitcher on the team, despite his record.
– The bullpen pitched very well last night. Mike Gonzalez struck out a batter over a scoreless inning, Jason Berken struck out three over two, and Kevin Gregg finished it up with a scoreless 9th. The offense is starting to click now, it’d be nice if the pitching could get back on track so we could go on a nice win streak.

Player of the game: Nick Markakis – 3-5, 2 R, double (7) (.265 AVG)

Jeremy Guthrie (2-8, 3.56) ends up not missing a start after he was removed from his last game with back pain. James McDonald (5-4, 4.80) tries to cool off the Oriole offense.

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