Game 48: Orioles 6, Royals 5

The Good:

  • Jeremy Guthrie actually pitched pretty well. Didn’t walk anyone. Struck out 4. Did a nice job locating down in the zone and hot more groundballs than flyballs. The damage was mostly 5 singles falling in in the 2nd inning, along with an error (catcher’s interference on Craig Tatum, who was added to the roster today because of his defensive skills behind the plate).
  • Tatum made up for that one though, with a diving catch on a sac bunt attempt in the 9th inning. Heck of a grab. And he added a single at the plate.
  • Koji Uehara went 1.2 innings, giving up just a single and striking out three. And he was correctly used against the middle of the KC order, though I imagine that had more to do with the inning (started in the 8th). Not that Buck cares about the save rule.
  • So this Nolan Reimold kid isn’t half bad. Two home runs, a hustle infield hit, and a walk. Then he almost ended the game with a double, but the ball bounced into the stands and the lead runner had to stop at third. Why couldn’t he and Felix Pie have handled left-field this season again?

The Bad:

  • Outside of Reimold-Hardy and Adam Jones, watching this line-up was kind of sad.
  • Robert Andino tried to lay down a sac bunt, and popped out to first. Adam Jones popped out to the pitcher on his attempt in the 12th (after an Andino lead-off double). Poor execution, sure, but poor strategy as well (making it super obvious you’re bunting, and in the first case, it wasn’t a great play anyway). That makes the sac bunt success rate this year ~13%. Please stop it.

The Final:

Another walk-off win – this time with Vlad bouncing a ball up the middle to drive in Andino from second – as the O’s get the sweep and get back to .500 before setting off for the West coast.