Losing Streak Reaches Five with 5-4 Loss

W – Tim Hudson (7-6)     L – Jake Arrieta (9-5)     SV – Craig Kimbrel (24)

– Arrieta was making his first start in almost two weeks and aside from one inning it went very well. Unfortunately that one inning cost the Orioles five runs and was enough to give us our fifth loss in a row. Arrieta got the first two outs in the 4th inning easily enough with a ground out and a strike out but Chipper Jones doubled and Freddie Freeman was hit by a pitch. Dan Uggla hit a ball to left field that hit off of Luke Scott’s glove to score the first run. It was a ball that should’ve been caught and I believe would have been caught if Felix Pie or even Nolan Reimold were out in left field. So with an extra out, Nate McLouth walked and then David Ross delivered the big blow with a grand slam. Arrieta was taken out for a pinch hitter after five innings, giving up those five runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out five batters. I thought he should’ve stayed in the game since he only threw 71 pitches and would’ve had a shutout going if it wasn’t for Scott’s unofficial error.
– The bullpen kept the Braves off the board for the rest of the game so taking Arrieta out didn’t cause any more damage. Brad Bergesen threw 1.2 scoreless innings and Mike Gonzalez got the last out of the 7th inning. Koji Uehara struck out two batters in a perfect 8th.
– The offense had 13 hits but only four runs, all the result of homeruns. Mark Reynolds hit a two run homer in the top of the 4th and a solo shot in the 6th. Nick Markakis had three hits, including a solo homerun in the top of the 7th inning. Adam Jones, Matt Wieters, and Derrek Lee each had two singles. Lee also walked. Blake Davis singled and walked twice while Robert Andino had a pinch hit single. We were 0-4 with runners in scoring position, just more of the same. Its getting depressing now as we’re 10 games under .500. This wasn’t supposed to happen this year. Such is life as an Orioles fan.

Player of the game: Mark Reynolds – 2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 HRs (17) (.228 AVG)

Its rookie against rookie in the final interleague game of the season. Zach Britton (6-6, 3.38) goes up against Brandon Beachy (3-1, 3.04).

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