- Matt Wieters threw Brett Gardner out trying to steal and almost picked a runner off first later). Wieters’ mechanics have improved greatly behind the plate, and that’s allowed him to more effectively show off his cannon. That value defensively makes up for his bat being below average (at the moment). He played the all around game in this one though. 2-2, with a walk, a double, and a home run.
- Brian Roberts singeld and hit a two-run homer of his own, moving ahead of Adam Jone for the team lead (with 3).
- Brad Bergesen looked good in relief (he needed some work and the team needed some innings). Two perfect innings with 2 K’s and 3 groundballs. Hopefully he carries it forward to his next start.
- Chris Tillman looked pretty terrible once again. He actually got his velocity up a little, touching 92 and averaging almost 90 mph, but that still not enough for a relatively straight fastball. Good take-aways; he actually kept the ball down pretty well – though “down” here means thigh-high instead of belt-high – and he did drop some nice curveballs in for strikes. Final line; 1.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR. Today’s BABIP (.800 – yikes) was brought to you by Tillman’s “no-hitter” in his first start.
This was just an ugly, dispiriting game before Wieters and Roberts broke the shutout in the 7th inning. Then it just ended up as a regular loss. Hoping for the split tomorrow.