- Jake Arrieta did a nice job mixing in his breaking-balls (though he stuck mainly with the fastball) and throwing strikes, taking a no-hitter into the 5th inning. He used the two-seamer quite a bit, which probably helped the 10-7 groundball to flyball ratio. All the hits happened to come in one inning; thus the 3 runs. Final line; 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K.
- Nick Markakis singled, doubled and homered. If he keeps showing the able to turn on the ball when the opportunity presents itself, his power numbers should tick back up.
- Cesar Izturis went 2-3 (including a perfect bunt single) and did his usual work at short.
- Derrek Lee only had one hit and K’ed twice (and grounded into a double play), but he picked, what, 4-5 balls out of the dirt at first-base? Runs matter on both sides of the ball.
- Vlad picked up a couple hits, but still looks terrible at the plate. After this game his BABIP should be above .300, and he’ll still have an OPS below .700. Hasn’t walked yet. Only two extra-base hits.
- Luke Scott walked and doubled at the plate, but had some… adventures in the field. Between Lee and Luke, one guy had a heck of a game. Could put Lee’s D and Scott’s O up top, and vice versa here.
- With the O’s up 5-4 going into the bottom of the 9th, I said that Buck Showalter should go with Koji Uehara (his best reliever) instead of Kevin Gregg (the “closer”). Well, how’s that “win rule” working out for you Buck? Gregg gave up a game-tying home run to the first batter he faced. Then a double. He managed to not blow the game (two K’s and a groundout from the Cap’n), but he shouldn’t have been in the game. Then Mike Gonzalez came in in the 10th to blow the game (also partially on Buck – runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out, and he has Gonzolaez pitch to Swisher (who hit a sac fly) instead of walking him to set up the double play for Posada). Koji never pitched. $22 M “proven closers”!
Four losses in a row. And this one looked good well into the game. Ugh. No game preview tomorrow, as I won’t be around until maybe the 4th inning. Hopefully Zach Britton can act as a stopper versus the first-place Cleveland Indians.