Game 4: Orioles 6, Blue Jays 7

The Good:

* Patient offense. Before the game I said: “Morrow’s issues are of control and not stuff, so a patient approach at the plate might be especially helpful.”

The team’s first inning: Walk, HBP, Walk, Single, K, Walk, Walk, GIDP. 3 runs scored. Roberts, Markakis, and Riemold didn’t even attempt to lift the bats from their shoulders. Wieters only fouled off a couple pitches (both in the strike-zone) once he had 2 strikes on him. (Those are the four walks, by the way.)

* Nick Markakis walked twice and added a double. On the season, 2 of his 3 hits have gone for two bases and he’s taken 6 free passes. I’m a happy camper.

* Miguel Tejada had that single in the first inning – driving in two – and then later added a two-run homer. His third hit (another single) drove in no runs. Jeez, what kind of run producer is he?

* Reimold ended up walking twice, as did Wieters.

* Mark Hendrickson did what he was signed for, coming on early in relief and keeping this steady. He pitched 2.1 perfect innings, and K’ed 3.

* Jim Johnson had a strong 8th inning, striking out 2.

The Bad:

* Bergesen got off to a rough start, giving up 3 run s in the first inning on 3 hits (including a 2-run double to the deepest part of the park) and a walk. It looked like he was leaving the ball up in the strike-zone a little more than one would like. His final line was 4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 2 K, and 1 HR allowed. The ratio of groundballs to flyballs – 8:8 – is not where it needs to be for Bergy to be successful (it was 1.6 GB:FB last year). Indeed, Morrow – a definite flyball pitcher – did better in that regard (5:2).

* For the second game in a row, Brian Roberts drew a walk and then proceeded to immediately steal second-base. Unfortunately, he had to leave the game after coming around to score, having strained his abdominal muscle on the slide. The bases isn’t worth having to go on the disabled list. (Not that he’s going on the DL).

* Julio Lugo, who replaced Roberts, took an 0-fer and struck out twice. Luke Scott did likewise.

* Garrett Atkins singled twice, but also ground into the double play with the bases loaded that ended the rally in the first inning. That one at bat negated all his contributions otherwise, and he finished with a -0.118 Win Probability Added (that is, made it less likely the team would win via his ABs).

* Mike Gonalez is being paid something like $100,000 for each inning that we’re watching him pitch. Walk, wild pitch, double (to a left-handed batter) to blow the O’s lead, sac bunt, sac fly (to give the Jays the lead).

The Final:

Things didn’t look good for the Orioles right out of the gate, being down 3-0 before even having their first turn at bat. They came back though, and had the advantage going into the final frame. Then they lost, 7-6, dropping their record to 1-3. Sucks.