Game 70: Orioles 8, Pirates 3

The Good:

  • The O’s just BABIP’ed Charlie Morton to death, with 8 hits on (I believe) 10 balls in play in the first couple innings as they put 7 on the board early.
  • Every starter but Felix Pie got on base, with JJ Hardy (2, plus a walk), Nick Markakis (3, including a double), Adam Jones (2), Derrek Lee (2), and Robert Andino (2) having multiple hits while Mark Reynolds singled and walked three times.
  • Jason Berken did a nice job in relief – 2 IP, 3 K, no baserunners – though the announcers said that he was the team’s longman. That’s not right, and it’s the kind of thinking that resulted in Jeremy Accardo pitching in tied ballgames in the 7th inning. Berken is pretty much the team’s 3rd or 4th best reliever, which means he shouldn’t be wasted as a longman unless he just needs some work.

The Bad:

  • Pie went 0-5 and misplayed a ball in left-field. He had the tools to turn into an average major league outfielder, but he never built on his solid 2009 season.

The Final:

Jake Arrieta wasn’t fantastic (nor was he bad), but he got some run support – as usual – and so ended up with the win. That ties Arrieta for the major league lead in victories – pretty impressive company too (Halladay, Sabathia, Hamels, Lester, Verlander, etc.). Of course, Arrieta has the highest ERA, FIP, etc. on the list. But he’s a winner!