Game 71: Orioles 3, Pirates 9

The Good:

  • JJ Hardy hit another home run – his 9th – which gives him as many as Nick Markakis and Derrek Lee (combined). He also added a single, taking his season batting average above .300.
  • Adam Jones hit his 1th home run of the season a couple batters later, drew a pair of walks, and also made a great running grab in left-center-field on a ball I thought was surely going for extra-bases. It seems to me he’s been better with the glove this year, though the defensive metrics (all of them) have him as being pretty terrible. 
  • Mark Reynolds had two hits and a walk. He didn’t strike out, but he did make an error in the field so we wouldn’t forget he was in the game (his bat giveth, his glove taketh away).

The Bad:

  • Jeremy Guthrie was allowed to bat for himself to lead off the 6th inning, and ended up striking out. This was pretty clearly not a good move (even though he hadn’t thrown too many pitches). An actual hitter is better than Guthrie at the plate, while a middle reliever is going to be about as good if not better than Guthrie on the mound his third and fourth times through the order. Guthrie allowed a walk and a hit in the bottom of the frame, and then a run on two hits and a walk in the 7th. I’ve been… less than impressed with many of Buck’s in-game moves this year.

The Final:

Guthrie gave up a bunch of hits, which’ll happen when you don’t strike out many batters, but he didn’t pitch that poorly overall. Same thing with Bergesen out of the pen, really. O’s just couldn’t score aside from the longball, despite getting 10 other runners on base.