Game 56: Orioles 5, Blue Jays 3

The Good:

  • Every Oriole got a hit but Nolan Reimold (who walked twice). The biggest one came off the bat of Mark Reynolds, whose team leading 8th home run turned out to be the game winning grand slam. That’s what they brought him over from Arizona to do, and maybe he’s starting to pick it up now (it was his third homer in the last 10 games).
  • Matt Wieters had a couple of those base-knocks – including a rocket double that bounced into the left-field seats. He also did his usual “throw a guy out trying to steal by five feet”.
  • The bullpen was solid, with Jim Johnson, Koji Uehara, and Kevin Gregg each pitching a scoreless frame (Koji struck out the side, and Gregg K’ed 2).

The Bad:

  • Jake Arrieta walked 4 batter for the second start in a row, and he was very fortunate to only have given up the 3 runs. Despite the definition, this was certainly not a “Quality Start”. Final line; 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 1 K, 1 HR.

The Final:

The comeback win gives the O’s a chance to actually take the series tomorrow, which would be quite a boon after having lost 5 of 6 coming into this one.