Game 113: Orioles 14, Indians 8

Edit: I was on Jerry Coleman’s radio show last week, but due to the audio not sounding great (they were broadcasting from the convention center) they didn’t put it online. You can check it out here. On to the game…

The Good:

* Luke Scott went 2-4, including his team leading 21st home run of the year.

* Felix Pie doubled and hit a three-run homer to dead center-field. he’s got legit 20 HR power if he can stay healthy for a full season.

* Matt Wieters singled and drove a 95 mph fastball out to right. Small leg-kick, short quick stroke, gone.

* Corey Patterson walked, tripled, and added a home run of his own.

* Cesar Izturis was 2-4 with a couple RBI.

* Every Oriole reached base, and only Roberts didn’t either score or drive in a run. Four walks was nice too. The 14 runs was a season high. In fact, this was the first time all year the team had more runs than hits (13). That’s a good way not to strand a lot of runners.

The Bad:

* Jake Arrieta was the one who snapped the O’s series of quality starts, largely due to the 5 runs on 5 hits he gave up in the bottom of the fourth. His overall line – 6 IP, 6 H, 6 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 3 K – wasn’t as bad as the scoreboard suggested. He also got 9 groundballs to 6 flyballs, continuing the starters’ recent trend. I thought he looked pretty good, and the balls in play just happened to find grass one after another.

* Armando Gabino made his Orioles debut, walking a batter and giving up a home run. It was only 6 batters, but I’m pretty comfortable saying he won’t be very good. Maybe a 4.50 ERA (FIP) type guy out of the pen. Maybe.

* Brian Roberts only went 1-4 with a walk, struck out twice, and was caught stealing on the bases. Pfff, loser.

The Final:

I guess the Buck Showalter magic works thusly: at home, the starters are lights out; on the road, the offense explodes. I’ll take it. The Orioles are now 7-1 in their last 8 games, and as far as many people are concerned everything before that was extended Spring Training. Still, at 39-74 he Orioles are now just a half-game ahead of the Pirates for the worst record in the majors.