Game 15: Orioles 3, Twins 5

The Good:

  • Chris Tillman didn’t exactly dominate, but he pitched well enough to at least hold on to his rotation spot (not that sending him to the minors makes much sense to me – he should be learning to face major league batters / working on his mechanics with the majors league pitching coach). He still sat 89-90 with the fastball, topping out at 92 (if he’s really trading velocity for control as they claim, why does he never even touch 95? Like to a bad hitter in an 0-2 count, why not go 95 at the letters? And, interestingly, the pitch he seems to have better command of – to me – is the curveball). Most everything was up in the zone though, but thankfully the Twins aren’t exactly Murderers Row. And interestingly, he generated 13 groundballs to 6 flyballs. Final line; 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 5 K.
  • Clay Rapada had a heck of an O’s debut, striking out 3 of the 4 batters he faced (the fourth grounded out).
  • Adam Jones and Matt Wieters each hit their second home runs of the season, over the span of three plate appearances in the 7th inning. I said last week that Wieters looked like he had more power in his swing batting right-handed, and he crushed the ball. Then Luke Scott added a solo shot of his own, pinch-hitting in the 9th inning.
  • The O’s walked 5 times in the game, but part of that was Fransisco Liriano only throwing about half his pitches for strikes.

The Bad:

  • Ahem. The O’s offensive woes continue, outside of three swings. Need more runs guys.
  • Kevin Gregg! Proven Closer! The guy you want out there in high leverage situations! Comes in for the top of the 9th with the O’s down 3-2, walks two, gives up a hit (and another rocket that Adam Jones ran down), and left with the O’s down 5-2. He got boo’ed by the fans, but I don’t think that’s quite fair. Not like this was unexpected. It’s like booing Cesar Izturis for not hitting. If you expect Izturis to hit, then you’re the one doing something wrong. Need to redirect those at the front office he not only gave him a bunch of money but really, really wanted to sign him.

The Final:

Eight in a row. Just sad.