Archive for September, 2011

O’s Knock Boston Out Of Playoffs

September 30, 2011

Game One: Orioles 6, Red Sox 3

– With the Red Sox season in the balance in the last series of the year, the Orioles played as hard and as good as they have all season. Tommy Hunter had to limit his innings coming back from his injury and was only able to go five but he only gave up two runs. The bullpen buckled down and only gave up one more run over four innings.
– Matt Wieters hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the 2nd. Chris Davis knocked in a couple of runs and had a double in the game. The big hit came in the bottom of the 6th inning when Robert Andino hit a line drive to the wall in center field. Jacoby Ellsbury made a leaping attempt at the catch but the ball came out when he hit the wall. It rolled away from him and a relay throw to home went past the catcher resulting in an inside the park three run homer for Andino. I thought it should’ve been a triple and an error but I’ll take it.

Player of the game: Robert Andino – 1-2, 3 Run HR (5) (.266 AVG)

Game Two: Orioles 7, Red Sox 8

– The offense came to play in game two but starter Zach Britton had nothing. It was the first time hes pitched this late into the season and hes had a few minor issues during the year so while he was most likely fatigued it was a good experience for next year. He gave up five runs in 4.1 innings. Jason Berken gave up two more and Zach Phillips another.
– Matt Wieters connected with another homerun in this game, a two run shot in the 4th inning this time from the right side of the plate. He also singled in another run. Adam Jones doubled and hit a solo homerun, Nolan Reimold tripled, and Vladimir Guerrero singled twice and doubled. Chris Davis and JJ Hardy each singled twice, Hardy also walked. Nick Markakis doubled and walked.

Player of the game: Matt Wieters – 2-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR (22) (.264 AVG)

Game Three: Orioles 4, Red Sox 3

– The Orioles got to be a part of the craziest day maybe in the history of major league baseball, knocking the Red Sox out of the playoffs. Alfredo Simon gave up three runs over 4.1 innings before an hour and a half rain delay. After the delay the bullpen was able to shut down the powerful Boston lineup. Troy Patton, Willie Eyre, Pedro Strop, and Jim Johnson combined for 4.2 shutout innings.
– Against John Lester, who owns the Orioles (14-0 lifetime), the Orioles were able to stay in the game heading into the rain delay. JJ Hardy connected on a two run homer, his 30th, in the bottom of the 3rd inning. It wasn’t looking good heading into the 9th. The Red Sox were undefeated with a lead after eight innings and Jonathon Papelbon quickly got two outs without any trouble. Then Chris Davis doubled, Nolan Reimold doubled him in, and Robert Andino ripped the game winning, season ending single into left field as a celebration erupted on the field. Less than ten minutes later the Rays completed a historic comeback from a 7-0 defecit with a 12th inning walk off homerun. It was an incredible end to a poor season overall, but it was a nice consolation. Maybe the team will learn from the playoff like experience.

Player of the game: JJ Hardy – 2-3, BB, 2 Run HR (30) (.269 AVG)

O’s Split Series In Detroit

September 28, 2011

Game One: Orioles 6, Tigers 5

– Zach Britton’s control abandoned him in this game. He walked four batters and gave up five runs over five innings but still got the win thanks to the offense. Adam Jones hit a two run homer and JJ Hardy a solo homerun. Vladimir Guerrero and Nolan Reimold each had sacrifice flies, Reimold also hit an RBI single. Chris Davis and Nick Markakis each had two singles in the game.

Player of the game: Adam Jones – 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR (24), SB (12) (.284 AVG)

Game two: Orioles 3, Tigers 4

– Alfredo Simon came back yet again from a poor performance with a strong outing. He was able to get through eight innings with five strikeouts only allowing three runs. The game went into extra innings until Willie Eyre allowed the game winning run in the 11th. Matt Wieters, Vladimir Guerrero, and Nick Markakis each drove in a run. Guerrero and Markakis doubled. JJ Hardy had three singles in the game.

Player of the game: Nick Markakis – 2-4, RBI, double (29) (.284 AVG)

Game three: Orioles 6, Tigers 5

– Matt Angle was the catalyst in the Orioles win over AL Cy Young favorite Justin Verlander. He led off the game with his first career homerun and ended it in the 9th with a go ahead safety squeeze. Nick Markakis and Chris Davis each singled twice. JJ Hardy knocked in two runs with a single and Mark Reynolds hit a solo homerun. Jeremy Guthrie gave up four runs over six innings and Kevin Gregg notched the save with a scoreless 9th.

Player of the game: Matt Angle – 1-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, HR (1) (.181 AVG)

Game four: Orioles 6, Tigers 10

– Brian Matusz keeps going out there and he keeps getting shelled. At least he was able to make it through five innings which he hasn’t been able to do for a while. He gave up six runs though and dug the O’s into a hole too big to get out of. Nolan Reimold hit a three run homer in the top of the 5th. Pedro Florimon had a two run double and Craig Tatum an RBI single. Robert Andino singled, walked three times, and stole a base. Jake Fox got a rare start and singled, doubled, walked, and was hit by a pitch.

Player of the game: Nolan Reimold – 2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR (13) (.246 AVG)

O’s Play Spoilers, Take Three From Boston

September 23, 2011

Game One: Orioles 6, Red Sox 5

– Jeremy Guthrie gave up four runs over six innings but the bullpen held the Red Sox to one run after that and the offense did the rest. Robert Andino and Nolan Reimold each hit homeruns. Matt Angle and Matt Wieters each doubled, Wieters also walked twice. JJ Hardy had two singles and an RBI.

Player of the game: Nolan Reimold – 2-4, 2 R, RBI, HR (12) (.240 AVG)

Game Two: Orioles 9, Red Sox 18

– The offense was able to knock John Lackey out of the game early in game two of the double header. Matt Angle, Nick Markakis, Vladimir Guerrero, and Chris Davis all had multiple hits. Unfortunately Brian Matusz started and gave up six runs over 1.2 innings. I’ve never seen someone go from potential staff ace to abysmal so fast. He know holds the major league record for highest ERA with at least 40 IP at 10.68. Chris Jakubauskas gave up five runs over an inning and Jeremy Accardo four.

Player of the game: Nick Markakis – 2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, triple (1), SB (12) (.278 AVG)

Game Three: Orioles 7, Red Sox 5

– Rick VandenHurk dug the O’s an early hole, giving up five runs over three innings. The bullpen held Boston scoreless over the next six innings and allowed the offense to claw their way back. Robert Andino hit the game winning, bases clearing double in the 8th inning. Nick Markakis and Adam Jones each had three hits and Mark Reynolds had two.

Player of the game: Robert Andino – 3-5, R, 3 RBI, double (22), SB (11) (.269 AVG)

Game Four: Orioles 6, Red Sox 4

– Tommy Hunter gave us a very Tommy Hunter like performance, giving up four runs over 6.2 innings. He throws strikes and gets deep into games but most times out seems to give up three or four runs. He keeps us in the game at least. Mark Reynolds was happy he did because he hit a pair of homeruns, the second one giving us the lead late in the game. Nick Markakis doubled and walked and JJ Hardy singled twice in the game.

Player of the game: Mark Reynolds – 2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR (36) (.223 AVG)

Two More Wins, Over Angels

September 20, 2011

Game One: Orioles 8, Angels 3

– Tommy Hunter had his best outing as an Oriole throwing seven scoreless innings with five strikeouts. Kevin Gregg came in with an 8-0 lead and proceeded to give up three runs before ending the game. JJ Hardy drove in three runs on a single and a double, Nolan Reimold hit a two run homer, and Mark Reynolds hit a solo homerun. Robert Andino had a pair of singles and a walk.

Player of the game: Tommy Hunter – 7 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, W (4-4) (4.81 ERA)

Game Two: Orioles 6, Angels 2

– Zach Britton followed Tommy Hunter with an equally as good performance. He only gave up one run over seven innings with seven strikeouts. Its nice to see him finishing strong as the season is coming to an end. JJ Hardy hit a two run homer and Mark Reynolds hit a three run homer in the win. Matt Wieters doubled and walked twice.

Player of the game: Zach Britton – 7 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 7 K, W (10-10) (4.28 ERA)

Game Three: Orioles 2, Angels 11

– Alfredo Simon had one of his bad starts, allowing six runs over five innings. Hes like Jekyll and Hyde out there on the mound. I’d say his time as a successful starting pitcher has come to an end but every time I feel like that, he comes out and throws a gem so we’ll see. Vladimir Guerrero drove in the only two runs of the game for the O’s on an RBI triple and a solo homerun. Nick Markakis and Chris Davis each had a pair of singles in the game.

Player of the game: Vladimir Guerrero – 2-3, R, 2 RBI, BB, triple (1), HR (13) (.293 AVG)

O’s Take Two of Three From Surging Rays

September 15, 2011

Game One: Orioles 2, Rays 5

– Zach Britton started but struggled alot with his command, walking four batters. He ended up allowing four runs over five innings with only two strikeouts. The offense consisted of an RBI double by Robert Andino and a solo homerun from Matt Wieters. JJ Hardy singled twice and Vladimir Guerrero and Kyle Hudson each singled once.

Player of the game: Matt Wieters – 1-4, solo HR (18) (.260 AVG)

Game Two: Orioles 4, Rays 2

– Alfredo Simon was fantastic, holding the Rays to two runs over sevens innings with nine strikeouts. He continues to come up with these types of starts just when you think hes finally fallen back to earth. Matt Wieters hit the homerun that gave us our lead, a two run shot, in the 8th inning. Jake Fox had a pinch hit RBI double in the 7th to tie the game and JJ Hardy had a single and double.

Player of the game: Matt Wieters – 1-3, BB, 2 Run HR (19) (.260 AVG)

Game Three: Orioles 6, Rays 2

– Matt Wieters owned this series. He hit his third homerun in as many games and his 20th of the season, a two run shot to give us some insurance runs. He also hit a double earlier in the game. Chris Davis hit a three run homer in the bottom of the 4th to give us the lead and Nolan Reimold hit a solo shot in the 3rd. Vladimir Guerrero had three singles and Matt Angle singled and doubled. Jeremy Guthrie had a great game as well, striking out ten batters and holding the Rays to two runs over seven innings to earn his 8th win of the season. Jim Johnson pitched the last two innings to earn his 6th save.

Player of the game: Matt Wieters – 2-4, R, 3 RBI, double (26), HR (20) (.262 AVG)

Blue Jays Take Two of Three

September 13, 2011

Game one: Orioles 2, Blue Jays 0

– Jeremy Guthrie, Pedro Strop, and Jim Johnson combined to shut out Toronto in game one. Brett Cecil pitched good as well but Nick Markakis and Vladimir Guerrero each had RBI singles and that was enough to win the game. The both singled twice in the game. Robert Andino, JJ Hardy, and Ryan Adams also singled.

Player of the game: Jeremy Guthrie – 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, W (7-17) (4.29 ERA)

Game two: Orioles 4, Blue Jays 5

– Rick VandenHurk got a start and couldn’t make it out of the 3rd inning. He gave up three runs over 2.1 innings. The bullpen did a great job keeping the Blue Jays off the board until the 9th inning when Kevin Gregg blew another save and handed Toronto the victory. Chris Davis singled, doubled, walked, and drove in two runs. Vladimir Guerrero drove in a run with two singles and a double. Matt Angle singled twice and knocked in a run.

Player of the game: Vladimir Guerrero – 3-4, R, RBI, double (27) (.288 AVG)

Game three: Orioles 5, Blue Jays 6

– Tommy Hunter continued his trend of pitching well until he reaches the later innings. He gave up three runs over the first three innings before settling down. He then gave up three runs in the 7th which was enough to give Toronto a permanent lead. Nick Markakis singled, doubled, walked, and drove in two runs. Chris Davis doubled, walked twice, and stole a base. Matt Angle singled, walked twice, and drove in a run. Nolan Reimold singled twice and walked.

Player of the game: Nick Markakis – 2-4, 2 RBI, BB, double (26) (.284 AVG)

O’s Split Another Series With New York

September 9, 2011

Game One: Orioles 10, Yankees 11

– Brian Matusz gave up five runs in less than two innings and continues his and the Orioles nightmare season. The offense couldn’t climb back from the early deficit despite homeruns from Mark Reynolds, Nick Markakis, and Robert Andino. Reynolds and JJ Hardy each doubled. Ryan Adams had three hits.

Player of the game: Mark Reynolds – 3-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, BB, double (25), HR (32) (.226 AVG)

Game Two: Orioles 3, Yankees 5

– Matt Wieters, Nick Markakis, and Vladimir Guerrero each had two hits but that was about it for the offense. Wieters hit a two run homer, Markakis and Guerrero doubled, and Markakis drove in a run. Mark Reynolds walked twice. Tommy Hunter had another solid but not spectacular outing, giving up four runs over 6.2 innings with six strikeouts.

Player of the game: Matt Wieters – 2-4, 2 Run HR (17) (.269 AVG)

Game Three: Orioles 5, Yankees 4

– Zach Britton started and didn’t have his best stuff. He gave up four runs over five innings. Seven relievers combined to throw six scoreless innings to end the game and allow the offense to take the lead. Nolan Reimold walked four times and hit a two run homer. Robert Andino had three hits including a double. Mark Reynolds hit the go ahead RBI single in the top of the 11th inning.

Player of the game: Nolan Reimold – 1-2, 2 R, 2 RBI, 4 BB, HR (9) (.231 AVG)

Game Four: Orioles 5, Yankees 4

– Robert Andino tied the game in the 8th with an RBI single and then proceeded to win the game in the bottom of the 10th with another RBI single. Vladimir Guerrero had two doubles and a solo homerun. Nick Markakis, Nolan Reimold, and Chris Davis each had multi-hit days. Davis and Reimold with doubles. Alfredo Simon struggled with his command, walking six and allowing four runs over four innings, but the bullpen was great again throwing six scoreless innings.

Player of the game: Vladimir Guerrero – 3-5, 2 R, RBI, 2 doubles (26), HR (12) (.282 AVG)

Down on the Farm: September 5th

September 7, 2011

AAA Norfolk 8, Durham 5

LF Blake Davis – 2-4, 2 R, SB (6) (.280 AVG)
CF Tyler Henson – 1-3, 2 R, RBI, BB, double (18) (.247 AVG)
3B Josh Bell – 2-4, R, 2 RBI, double (12) (.253 AVG)
DH Rhyne Hughes – 2-4, 2 Run HR (15) (.249 AVG)
2B Brendan Harris – 2-4, solo HR (10) (.225 AVG)

AA Bowie 3, Erie 2

RHP Tim Bascom – 7 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 3 K, W (9-4) (3.11 ERA)
SS Pedro Florimon – 2-4, R, RBI, 2 doubles (27) (.267 AVG)
2B Buck Britton – 1-3, R, SB (5) (.282 AVG)

A+ Frederick 0, Wilmington 3

LHP Nathan Moreau – 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, L (11-12) (4.40 ERA)
1B Mike Flacco – 2-3, BB, double (10) (.250 AVG)

A Delmarva 4, West Virginia 5

LHP Matt Bywater – 6 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 10 K (3.77 ERA) – Minor League Player of the Night
LF Michael Planeta – 2-4, R (.220 AVG)
SS Garabez Rosa – 2-5, R, double (15) (.262 AVG)

O’s Lose Two of Three Against Tampa Bay

September 5, 2011

Game One: Orioles 3, Rays 2

– Zach Britton gave up two runs in the 1st inning and things weren’t looking good but he really settled down after that. He held the Rays scoreless over the next five innings and ended up striking out six batters. Jim Johnson pitched two perfect innings in the 7th and 8th to get the ball to closer Kevin Gregg. Gregg made it interesting, as usual, which you don’t want from a closer but he stranded the bases loaded to record his 20th save.
– The offense was getting shut down by David Price but somehow managed to get three runs across the plate in the top of the 7th inning. Vladimir Guerrero singled to start the inning. Mark Reynolds and Robert Andino had back to back walks to load the bases. Nolan Reimold lifted a sacrifice fly then Ryan Adams singled to load the bases back up. JJ Hardy came through with a two RBI single and that was all we needed. Reynolds also doubled in the game.

Player of the game: Zach Britton – 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, W (9-9) (4.22 ERA)

Game Two: Orioles 3, Rays 6

– Alfredo Simon regressed back to the Alfredo Simon we expected to get out of the rotation, giving up six runs on seven hits and four walks over five innings. Its all about mechanics with him and he didn’t have it this time out. Troy Patton and Brad Bergesen combined for two scoreless innings and then Pedro Strop made his Oriole debut, striking out two over a clean inning.
– Nick Markakis hit a two run homer in the top of the 1st and Matt Wieters hit an RBI single in the 6th inning. Other than that we were harmless on offense. JJ Hardy, Adam Jones, and Nolan Reimold each singled. Jones stole a base and Ryan Adams walked twice.

Player of the game: Nick Markakis – 1-2, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, HR (14) (.280 AVG)

Game Three: Orioles 1, Rays 8

– The offense was dreadful for the second straight game. Adam Jones came to play, hitting a solo homer and a double, but the only other hits were singles from JJ Hardy and Robert Andino.
– Jeremy Guthrie lost his 17th game as he gave up seven runs on seven hits and four walks over five innings. He struck out five batters and only three of the runs were earned because Mark Reynolds showed why his switch to first base should be permanent, making two more errors at the hot corner. The 17 losses ties the Oriole record, and we still have most of a month to go.

Player of the game: Adam Jones – 2-3, double (25), solo HR (23) (.286 AVG)

Down on the Farm: September 4th

September 5, 2011

AAA Norfolk 2, Durham 3

RHP Steve Johnson – 6.1 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, BB, 4 K, L (2-7) (5.56 ERA)
1B Rhyne Hughes – 1-4, R, triple (2) (.246 AVG)
C John Hester – 2-3, RBI, double (10) (.251 AVG)

AA Bowie 10, Erie 2

LHP Mike Ballard – 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, BB, 6 K, W (8-3) (3.33 ERA)
CF Xavier Avery – 2-5, 2 R, SB (36) (.259 AVG)
SS Pedro Florimon – 3-4, 3 R, 4 RBI, BB, triple (4), HR (8), SB (15) (.264 AVG) – Minor League Player of the Night
1B Chris Davis – 2-3, 2 R, BB, HBP, double (1) (.667 AVG) – Davis is rehabbing so he can get back to the big leagues for the rest of September.
3B LJ Hoes – 3-5, RBI, double (17) (.309 AVG)
LF Joe Mahoney – 2-3, R, 3 RBI, double (24) (.289 AVG)
2B Buck Britton – 2-5, RBI, double (19) (.282 AVG)
RF Ronnie Welty – 2-4, 2 R, RBI, double (20), HR (13) (.227 AVG)

A+ Frederick 1, Wilmington 4

2B Jonathon Schoop – 1-3, BB (.271 AVG)
CF Miguel Abreu – 1-3, R, double (18) (.257 AVG)
SS Michael Rooney – 1-2, BB (.196 AVG)
DH Manny Machado – 1-4 (.249 AVG)

A Delmarva 2, West Virginia 6

RHP Jake Cowan – 5 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, L (0-3) (4.46 ERA)
1B Riley Hornback – 1-4, double (6) (.211 AVG)
LF Michael Planeta – 1-4, solo HR (2) (.217 AVG)
SS Garabez Rosa – 3-3, solo HR (3) (.259 AVG)

Short A Aberdeen 2, Hudson Valley 3

RHP Jose Mota – 5 IP, 6 H, ER, 0 BB, K (5.91 ERA)
1B Joe Velleggia – 1-3, R, BB (.257 AVG)
3B Connor Narron – 1-2, 2 BB (.211 AVG)
2B Dudley Leonora – 1-3, RBI, SB (6) (.242 AVG)
RF Kyle Hoppy – 2-3 (.216 AVG)