Game 36: Orioles 2, Mariners 1

The Good:

  • Zach Britton was on cruise-control most of the game, pounding the strike-zone with the fastball and getting something like a 40% whiff rate on his change-up. Had a few longer flyballs caught though. Final line; 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K.
  • Matt Wieters picked up a couple hits at the plate, and threw a runner out trying to steal second by a good five feet. The bar offensively is quite low for a plus defensive catcher, but Wieters has actually been a slightly above average hitter this season, despite it perhaps not looking like it (thank you lower run scoring environment). 
  • JJ Hardy. Slick defense, and a walk-off hit. Pretty good trade, huh?

The Bad:

  • Britton pitches what should have been a complete game shutout, but his team can’t get him any runs. 10 singles and 1 walk in the game. That’s not going to be good enough the vast of the time.
  • Nick Markakis went 0-5 with a strike-out and two double plays (of the team’s four). He’s actually hit worse than Derrek Lee this year, even though people seem to be complaining much more about the latter.

The Final:

It took the second extra-inning game of this series, but the O’s get the sweep. They’re now 17-19 on the season, and can get back to (and then above) .500 against the Rays.