O’s Lose Two of Three Against Tampa Bay

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)

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