Archive for July, 2011

Guthrie Solid In 4-2 Win

July 30, 2011

W – Jeremy Guthrie (5-14)     L – AJ Burnett (8-9)     SV – Kevin Gregg (17)

– Well if it was Guthrie’s last start as an Oriole then he went out in style, holding the Yankees to one run on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts over seven innings. That has to impress the teams that were scouting him. Hes proven that he can hold his own against the american league east powers, hes a work horse, and has good mound presence. I think he’d really help a team in playoff contention. Koji Uehara was also showcased in the game, striking out two in a scoreless 8th. Kevin Gregg made it scary in the 9th like he does but closed the game after giving up a run.
– Derrek Lee stayed hot as another game thats come up in trade discussions. He doubled, homered, and walked – driving in two runs. Mark Reynolds also hit a homerun, a two run shot in the 2nd inning to give us the early lead. Vladimir Guerrero doubled and was hit by a pitch. Nick Markakis also doubled. Robert Andino singled and walked. The only other hit was a Nolan Reimold single. We were only 1-7 with runners in scoring position but hit for extra bases when it counted. I forgot how good it feels to win a game handily.

Player of the game: Derrek Lee – 2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, double (15), HR (12) (.248 AVG)

Its a double header today with Chris Tillman pitching game one and Zach Britton game two. It would be nice to win one of them.

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Down on the Farm: July 29th

July 30, 2011

AAA Norfolk 2, Toledo 5

RHP Rick VandenHurk – 7.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, L (6-13) (4.78 ERA)
RF Tyler Henson – 2-5, R, RBI, triple (3) (.265 AVG)
DH Brandon Snyder – 2-4 (.261 AVG)
C John Hester – 2-3, BB, double (9) (.254 AVG)
CF Kyle Hudson – 1-4, R, BB, triple (1) (.288 AVG)

AA Bowie 3, New Britain 4

RHP Oliver Drake – 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, L (1-3) (8.26 ERA)
LF LJ Hoes – 3-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, 2 HR (4) (.319 AVG)
3B Buck Britton – 1-2, HBP (.299 AVG)
SS Pedro Florimon – 2-3, double (20) (.266 AVG)

AA Bowie 1, New Britain 3

RHP Eddie Gamboa – 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 K, L (2-4) (2.91 ERA)
CF Xavier Avery – 1-2, BB (.278 AVG)
1B Joe Mahoney – 1-3, R, double (13) (.277 AVG)

A+ Frederick 4, Potomac 0

RHP Bobby Bundy – 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, BB, 3 K, W (11-5) (2.75 ERA) – Minor League Player of the Night – Bundy isn’t being challenged right now, I’d like to see him get a little time at AA this year.
RF Steve Bumbry – 1-4, solo HR (6) (.238 AVG)
CF Miguel Abreu – 1-4, 2 RBI, double (11) (.252 AVG)
C Brian Ward – 1-2, RBI, BB, double (12) (.248 AVG)

A Delmarva 8, Hagerstown 7

LHP Tim Berry – 5 IP, H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K (5.79 ERA)
1B Riley Hornback – 1-3, 2 R, BB, HBP (.209 AVG)
C Joe Oliveira – 2-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, double (6), HR (1) (.319 AVG)
3B Tyler Kelly – 1-4, R, RBI, BB, double (11) (.305 AVG)
2B Michael Rooney – 1-3, R, BB (.248 AVG)

Short A Aberdeen 0, Jamestown 5

RHP Parker Bridwell – 4 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, L (2-4) (4.78 ERA)
CF Glynn Davis – 2-4 (.291 AVG)
3B Sammie Starr – 1-3, BB, triple (1) (.260 AVG)
LF Austin Knight – 2-3, double (3) (.189 AVG)
2B Dudley Leonora – 1-3, SB (5) (.298 AVG)

GCL Orioles 5, Rays 1

RHP Tyler Wilson – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, BB, 3 K (0.00 ERA)
RHP Jaime Esquivel – 4.1 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 K, W (3-1) (0.61 ERA)
2B Jerome Pena – 1-4, R, BB, double (6) (.242 AVG)
RF Manuel Hernandez – 1-2, 2 R, triple (1) (.250 AVG)
3B Michael Mosby – 2-5, R, 2 RBI, double (4), HR (3) (.188 AVG)
C Gabriel Lino – 2-4, RBI, double (2) (.289 AVG)

Awful Pitching, Awful 8-5 Loss

July 29, 2011

W – Carlos Villanueva (6-2)     L – Brad Bergesen (2-7)

– What the heck happened to Brad Bergesen? I predicted that he would fall off a bit from his great rookie season but hes just been awful ever since then aside from a very solid last two months of 2010. He got hammered again last night by the Blue Jays giving up six runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks. He didn’t strike out anybody and gave up two homeruns. The only reason he keeps getting run out there is because of the struggles of pretty much the entire opening day rotation. If he doesn’t right the ship soon he could become a permanent member of the bullpen or a trade candidate.
– Mark Hendrickson didn’t fare much better pitching in relief. He gave up two runs over two innings. Chris Jakubauskas, Koji Uehara, and Jim Johnson each pitched a scoreless inning allowing one hit and one strikeout. Uehara and Johnson should be hot commodities with the trade deadline coming up. I’m pretty sure Koji will be dealt and he should land a solid prospect. I think the O’s are making a mistake by reportedly refusing to trade Johnson. They want to try him out as a starting pitcher again but I think he won’t be as valuable in that role. I think we should cash in while his value might be at its peak.
– JJ Hardy keeps crushing the ball even with it not being a contract year for him anymore. He led off the game with his 17th homerun of the season and hit his 18th in the 9th inning. Hes on pace for almost 30 homeruns and he missed about the first month of the season. The Orioles always seem to mess things up with players coming in but they must be doing something right with Hardy. The Twins have to be wondering where this player was for them last year. He also doubled in the game. Vladimir Guerrero hit a solo homerun and singled. Its about time he showed some power. Hopefully he keeps it up and we can move him before August 31st. Adam Jones drove in two runs with two singles. Robert Andino singled and walked. Mark Reynolds and Nolan Reimold each walked.

Player of the game: JJ Hardy – 3-5, 3 R, 2 RBI, double (16), 2 HR (18) (.280 AVG)

I said this last time he started but the same holds true tonight, it could be Jeremy Guthrie’s (4-14, 4.33) last start as an Oriole. The Orioles are in New York to play AJ Burnett (8-8, 4.21) and the Yankees.

Down on the Farm: July 28th

July 29, 2011

AAA Norfolk 7, Toledo 8

RHP Steve Johnson – 5 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (6.50 ERA)
2B Ryan Adams – 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, triple (3), HR (7) (.288 AVG)
DH John Hester – 1-4, BB, solo HR (4) (.248 AVG)
LF Robbie Widlansky – 2-4 (.341 AVG)
C Adam Donachie – 2-4, solo HR (2) (.308 AVG)
CF Kyle Hudson – 1-4, R, BB, SB (11) (.289 AVG)

AA Bowie 3, New Britain 2

RHP Tim Bascom – 6 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, BB, 8 K, W (7-2) (2.95 ERA)
2B Greg Miclat – 1-3, HBP (.273 AVG)
DH Buck Britton – 3-4, 2 R, triple (2) (.296 AVG)
RF Ronnie Welty – 1-3, 2 RBI (.235 AVG)

A+ Frederick 3, Salem 2

LHP Nicholas Haughian – 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K (3.41 ERA)
RHP Justin Moore – 3 IP, H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, W (3-0) (2.55 ERA)
RF Steve Bumbry – 1-2, 2 BB (.238 AVG)
DH Jacob Julius – 2-4, R (.175 AVG)
1B Mike Flacco – 1-3, 2 Run HR (1) (.311 AVG)

A Delmarva 5, Hagerstown 4

LHP Jarret Martin – 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, W (5-6) (4.71 ERA)
C Joe Oliveira – 1-2, 2 R, RBI, BB, double (5) (.313 AVG)
3B Garabez Rosa – 1-2, 2 RBI, double (9) (.310 AVG)
SS Michael Rooney – 1-3, RBI, SB (3) (.246 AVG)
3B Tyler Kelly – 0-2, R, 2 BB, SB (9) (.306 AVG)

Short A Aberdeen 5, Jamestown 1

RHP Mike Wright – 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, W (2-1) (4.71 ERA)
1B Joe Velleggia – 3-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, double (6), HR (6), SB (1) (.324 AVG) – Minor League Player of the Night
DH Wynston Sawyer – 2-4, RBI (.262 AVG)

GCL Orioles 8, Red Sox 3

LHP Cameron Coffey – 5 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K (3.16 ERA)
RF Roderick Bernadina – 3-5, R, RBI, 2 doubles (10) (.250 AVG)
1B Bill Rowell – 2-5, R, 2 RBI (.288 AVG)
C Cameron Edman – 2-4, RBI, double (1) (.222 AVG)

Offensive Hangover Leads To 3-0 Loss

July 28, 2011

W – Ricky Romero (8-9)     L – Alfredo Simon (2-4)     SV – Jon Rauch (8)

– One night after recording twelve runs and eight extra base hits the Orioles offense only managed four hits without scoring a run. Toronto’s ace Romero has owned us in his last two starts. Adam Jones singled and doubled. Derrek Lee singled and walked. Matt Wieters singled and Nick Markakis and Felix Pie each walked. JJ Hardy struck out in all four of his at bats and we were 0-6 with runners in scoring position. Just not our night.
– Simon wasn’t awful but he just threw too many pitches and couldn’t get out of the innings when he needed to. He struck out seven batters over five innings but gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks. On the plus side hes completely stretched out now having thrown over 100 pitches. Chris Jakubauskas, Troy Patton, and Kevin Gregg each threw scoreless innings and had two strikeouts.

Player of the game: Adam Jones – 2-4, double (18) (.290 AVG)

The Orioles can take their first series in a long time tonight with Brad Bergesen (2-6, 5.54) pitching. The Blue Jays counter with Carlos Villanueva (5-2, 3.40).

Down on the Farm: July 27th

July 28, 2011

AAA Norfolk 5, Toledo 4

RHP Mitch Atkins – 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K (3.55 ERA)
LF Kyle Hudson – 2-3, R, BB, HBP, SB (10) (.291 AVG)
DH Jake Fox – 1-4, R, 3 RBI, double (11) (.275 AVG)
RF Tyler Henson – 2-3, R, RBI, BB, SB (7) (.264 AVG)

AA Bowie 3, Harrisburg 6

LHP Mike Ballard – 6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, L (6-1) (2.88 ERA)
3B LJ Hoes – 2-4, BB (.314 AVG)
LF Buck Britton – 2-3, R, HBP (.282 AVG)
RF Ronnie Welty – 1-1, R, 2 RBI, 3 BB, HR (11) (.234 AVG) – Minor League Player of the Night

A+ Frederick 1, Salem 2

RHP Ryohei Tanaka – 7 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 7 K (2.83 ERA)
RF Steve Bumbry – 2-4, BB, double (18) (.236 AVG)
1B Mike Flacco – 1-2, BB, HBP, double (3) (.310 AVG)
C Brian Ward – 1-4, RBI, double (11), SB (7) (.246 AVG)

Short A Aberdeen 3, Jamestown 8

RHP Matt Hobgood – 1.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, K, L (0-2) (9.31 ERA) – Not a good outing for the big right hander. We’re still waiting for him to justify where he went in the draft.
LF Austin Knight – 2-3, 2 R, BB, SB (2) (.176 AVG)
RF Kyle Hoppy – 2-3, 2 RBI, BB (.226 AVG)

GCL Orioles 2, Red Sox 1

RHP Sebastian Vader – 5 IP, 4 H, ER, 0 BB, 7 K, W (2-1) (2.43 ERA)
1B Doug Bream – 1-4, R, double (4) (.261 AVG)
LF Manuel Hernandez – 1-3 (.256 AVG)
C Gabriel Lino – 1-3, double (1) (.265 AVG)

O’s Take Out Anger On Jays, Win 12-4

July 27, 2011

W – Jake Arrieta (10-7)     L – Brandon Morrow (7-5)

– It wasn’t pretty but Arreta finally reached double digits in the win column. He gave up a pair of homeruns, hit Jose Bautista in the head, and was hit by a ground ball up the middle but was able to make it through five innings, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Its been a struggle for him lately. He just isn’t commanding the ball. His command wasn’t great earlier in the year either but still better than it is now. The stuff is still there but he needs to continue making adjustments. Jason Berken pitched three scoreless innings while the O’s lead increased. Mark Hendrickson tossed a perfect 9th.
– The offense was pounding the ball with a season high eight extra base hits. JJ Hardy had two homeruns and just missed a third in what resulted in a deep sacrifice fly. Derrek Lee drove in five runs with two singles, a double, and a two run homer. Nolan Reimold doubled and homered. Mark Reynolds doubled and walked. Robert Andino singled and doubled. Adam Jones had a pair of singles and a stolen base. Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters each singled and walked. And last and maybe least Vladimir Guerrero singled in his first game back from the disabled list. We knew the offense had this kind of potential, its a shame we haven’t seen this kind of output more often.

Player of the game: Derrek Lee – 4-5, 2 R, 5 RBI, double (14), HR (11) (.246 AVG)

Alfredo Simon (2-3, 4.08) looks to keep it rolling in game two of the series tonight. The Blue Jays have their ace on the mound, Ricky Romero (7-9, 3.27), on a day when they’ve been wheeling a dealing.

Down on the Farm: July 26th

July 27, 2011

AAA Norfolk 4, Toledo 7

LHP Brian Matusz – 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K (4.83 ERA)
CF Kyle Hudson – 2-4, R, BB, double (4), SB (9) (.280 AVG)
LF Matt Angle – 1-4, 2 R, BB, 4 SB (26) (.278 AVG)
2B Ryan Adams – 2-5, R, RBI, 2 doubles (20) (.287 AVG)

AA Bowie 6, Harrisburg 2

LHP Rick Zagone – 6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, W (4-6) (4.48 ERA)
DH LJ Hoes – 2-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR (2) (.310 AVG)
LF Buck Britton – 2-4, R (.273 AVG)
C Caleb Joseph – 3-4, 2 RBI, double (13) (.268 AVG)

A+ Frederick 4, Salem 3

LHP Nathan Moreau – 6 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K (3.92 ERA)
2B Jonathon Schoop – 4-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR (1), SB (4) (.238 AVG) – Minor League Player of the Night
SS Manny Machado – 2-4, R, RBI, double (6), triple (2) (.278 AVG)
C Brian Ward – 1-2, R, BB (.246 AVG)

A Delmarva 0, Hickory 3

RHP David Baker – 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, L (1-1) (1.80 ERA)
LF Riley Hornback – 1-2, 2 BB, double (2) (.203 AVG)

Vlad Back In the Lineup

July 26, 2011

The Orioles have activated DH Vladimir Guerrero from the disabled list and sent RHP Mark Worrell to AAA Norfolk.

I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing. I guess it can’t get much worse. The offense has been slumping lately. I would hope Vlad doesn’t go back to being the every day cleanup hitter since he hasn’t hit for much power this year. His offense slash line is .279/.315/.385 with 12 doubles, 7 homeruns, and 31 RBI. Those would be the lowest batting average, on base percentage, and slugging percentages of his career. With Luke Scott out for the year the only other real option we have for DH is Nolan Reimold who should get good playing time in left field. Matt Wieters should serve as DH a few times when hes not catching. I’m sure the Orioles are hoping to trade Guerrero before the August 31st waiver trade deadline but the only thing we would get is some salary relief. No way a team would give up anything of value for him. As for Worrell, this was inevitable with his performance since being recalled. He was filler anyway.

Down on the Farm: July 25th

July 26, 2011

AA Bowie 2, Harrisburg 13

LHP Zach Britton – 4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, L (0-2) (5.40 ERA) – Britton posts an odd line in his last minor league start of the year. No walks, a bunch of strikeouts, yet eight runs (four earned) given up including two homeruns. Wheres that sinker?
CF Xavier Avery – 1-4, R, double (23) (.277 AVG)
LF LJ Hoes – 2-3, SB (12) (.305 AVG)

A+ Frederick 4, Salem 2

LHP Jacob Pettit – 5.2 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, BB, 4 K, W (3-0) (0.51 ERA)
2B Jonathon Schoop – 1-3, R, RBI, HBP (.218 AVG)
SS Manny Machado – 3-4, 2 RBI, 2 doubles (5), 2 SB (3) (.267 AVG) – Minor League Player of the Night – Any concerns of Machado’s health should be put to rest with two stolen bases and two extra base hits.
C Brian Ward – 1-2, 2 R, RBI, BB, HR (5) (.243 AVG)

A Delmarva 4, Hickory 2

LHP Matt Bywater – 5 IP, 2 H, ER, 6 BB, 4 K (7.00 ERA)
RF Brenden Webb – 2-5, RBI, double (9) (.228 AVG)
LF Riley Hornback – 2-3, 2 R, RBI, BB, HR (1) (.194 AVG)
CF Michael Planeta – 2-4, double (11) (.246 AVG)

Short A Aberdeen 4, Batavia 0

LHP Trent Howard – 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K, W (2-1) (2.82 ERA)
SS Sammie Starr – 1-3, 2 R, BB, 2 SB (5) (.286 AVG)
C Wynston Sawyer – 1-3, 2 RBI (.255 AVG)
2B Dudley Leonora – 1-3, R (.305 AVG)
RF Kyle Hoppy – 2-3, RBI (.203 AVG)

GCL Orioles 9, Twins 5

RHP Miguel Chalas – 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, W (3-2) (3.38 ERA)
RF Roderick Bernadina – 2-5, SB (4) (.238 AVG)
1B Doug Bream – 2-4, R, BB (.262 AVG)
3B Michael Mosby – 1-3, R, 2 BB (.176 AVG)
C Cameron Edman – 3-3, 3 R, RBI, triple (1) (.188 AVG)
CF Gregory Lorenzo – 1-2, R, 2 RBI, BB, double (3) (.241 AVG)