Game 41: Orioles 1, Yankees 4

The Good:

  • Zach Britton… still good. He leaned heavily on the fastball again – mixing in some change-ups and only a few sliders – and did a nice job keeping the ball down (13 groundballs to 5 flyballs). Final line; 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. He hasn’t given up an earned run in 19.1 straight innings. Bulding that All-Star resume.
  • Kevin Gregg pitched a scoreless 9th, striking out a pair. He’s not a terrible pitcher. Nor is he a great pitcher. He didn’t deserve his contract, and he doesn’t deserve to be cut from the team.
  • Kojie Uehara struck out the side in the 10th, with a single sandwiched in.
  • Jim Johnson took the 11th and 12th (K’ing one and getting a bunch of groundballs). It’s almost as if the bullpen isn’t really as bad as they’ve looked this year.
  • Pie, Markakis, Jones, Wieters, and Vlad each had two hits, with Jones also working a walk (and making a nice play in center-field).

The Bad:

  • No offense. The team couldn’t get anything going against Bartolo Colon (who was, admittedly, throwing a lot of quality strikes). Four unintentional walk, 11 singles (a couple of the infield variety), and a double…. in 15 innings.
  • The line-up was pretty weird, with guys who don’t walk or hit for a high average hitting 1-2 (Pie, Jones) and a guy without too much power batting third (Markakis). Felix is actually up to 49 PA this season without a single free pass. And things didn’t play out quite that way in this one (as you can see above). Still.
  • More sac bunting. This note passed along by Mike Fast: “9 sac bunts by O’s before tonight-1 worked, 5 advanced runner but no score, 1 foul bunt K, 1 irrelevant, 1 safe but no score”. But by all means, keep trying it.
  • Mike Gonzalez (the last reliever the O’s had in the pen) gave up a hard-hit double to plate both runners Jeremy Accardo let on base in the 14th. Then he hit the next guy in the head (unintentioanlly, I think), which resulted in Gonzalez getting tossed (incorrectly, I think) and Jeremy Guthrie – tomorrow’s (today’s) starter – having to come in. I guess with the score only 3-1, Buck didn’t want to wave the white flag and have a position player pitch, but it would have totally been worth staying up, even with the loss, to see Wieters on the mound.
  • Brandon Snyder, who pinch ran for Vlad, walked in his first PA in the 15th. Then, on a ball Wieters hit that should have gone through the right side of the infield to at least load the bases, Snyder ran into the ball. Automatic out. Yikes.

The Final:

Sucks for Britton to give up 0 earned runs and not get a win again (it’s almost as if the individual win-loss rule for pitchers isn’t a good reflection of the talent or contributions). O’s came back against Mo in the 9th, but couldn’t score with repeated chances in extra and eventually lost when the bullpen could no longer hold the Yankees down. Just a crazy, crazy game. Seems like there’s been a few of those recently.