Game 2: Orioles 3, Rays 4

The Good:

* Jeremy Guthrie did a pretty good job throwing strikes and locating the ball down in the zone for the most part, as evidenced by the 7 groundouts to just 3 flyouts. His final line was 6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K. Hits will fall in sometimes, but overall it was a solid start.

It looks like he took an interesting approach as well; he threw 54% fastballs, 37% sliders, 9% change-ups, and no curveballs (GameDay didn’t classify any as curves, and the speeds of the pitches makes me think that’s correct). Perhaps Jeremy read my post about his 2009 home run problem, where I noted his change-up got worse and that his curveball got hit much more than his slider. Guthrie’s fastball had a little bit more movement on it than usual in this game too.

* Nick Markakis walked – his third of the season. Took him a week to get to 3 free passes last year.

* Matt Wieters picked up a couple of hits, singling twice in four at bats.

The Bad:

* The second pitch Cla Meredith threw in the game was an 88 mph fastball in the lower-middle of the plate to Evan Longoria, who hit his second home run in as many games.

* More strike-outs by the offense (9) than baserunners (8 – 6 hits and 2 walks). Luke Scott (0-4, 3 K’s) was the worst offender.

The Final:

The O’s looked good at the start, but Matt Garza proved too overpowering and they weren’t able to add to their 2-0 first inning lead until making a mini comeback in the ninth. Rays pick up the 4-3 win (again), dropping the Orioles to 0-2 on the season.