Game 36: Orioles 8, Indians 1

The Good:

* In the comments of the game preview thread before the start of this one, I said that if Guthrie avoids the longball he should be fine. 8 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HBP. Yup. Retired 16 in a row at one point.

* Corey “SparkPlug” Patterson went 3-4 at the plate and stole a home run in left-field. He also struck out on three pitches (waving at a pitch out of the zone), to help me keep the faith that he’s actually not good. I’ll bring back what I said when he was called up:

“Sure Patterson might hit well for a couple games. He might make an outstanding play in center. But at the end of the day, he’s still Corey Patterson”

Yup.

* Adam Jones picked up two hits including an RBI triple, and actually didn’t chase every slider out of the zone that Masterson threw.

* Tejada went 2-4 with a bases loaded two-run single (Markakis was intentionally walked with runners on second and third). Drove in 3 in all.

*Luke Scott went 3-5. You know what happens when Scott gets hot… lasershow!

* Ty Wigginton struck out twice, but still managed a 3-5 with a double.

* Wieters took an 0-fer, but worked a couple walks.

* Cesar Izturis  also walked twice – first time since 2008 he’s done that.

* Biggest margin of victory for the O’s this season, and quite an offensive performance. 8 runs on 14 hits, but also 6 walks. That’s what I like to see.

The Bad:

* Rhyne Hughes went 0-5 with 2 K’s, and might not be in the majors much longer. Since his nice two-game start, he hasn’t hit a lick.

* O’s grounded into two more double plays (Markakis and Scott).

The Final:

Orioles win 8-1, and improve to 12-24 on the season. And 10-8 in their last 18. It’s fun when the team isn’t sucking.