Game 90: Orioles 5, Indians 6

Haven’t done one of these in a while. I guess it’s not that big of a deal when all the games are kinda the same (pitching’s bad, hitting’s mostly bad).

In other news, starting next week I’ll be posting over at MASN’s Orioles Buzz blog. Just one post ever Wendnesday (and other stuff here, along with links to those posts). Pretty neat of them to give me the opportunity.

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The Good:

  • Matt Wieters, Nolan Reimold, and Adam Jones all went yard, getting the team to 100 homers on the season. Wieters also walked, and threw a guy out trying to steal second by a mile (off a pitch in the dirt, no less). Jones doubled and made a diving catch in center. Reimold DH’ed while being much younger and cheaper than Vlad (and walked).
  • Nick Markakis picked up a single, which was the 1,000th hit of his career (he also walked – his 357th). I used to think he had a real chance of someday getting to 3,000, but at this point I doubt he’ll be productive enough to hang around as long as that would require.

The Bad:

  • Jake Arreita’s good start to the season has all been given away, and then some. With tonight’s 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HR performance, his ERA is up above 5. His FIP by month; 4.23, 4.71, 4.91, 8.31. Yikes.
  • And I’m shocked that sacrifice bunting in the 9th inning to move a runner from first to second with no outs and down 6-5 didn’t work out. Giving away outs didn’t produce a positive outcome (again)? Who could have seen that coming? I believe the O’s are now something like 2 for 14 with the tactic this year.

The Final:

Unrelated to the game really, but when Buck Showalter was arguing a call at third-base I had the thought that if I use the Orioles’ manager at the moment, I might try to set the single season record for ejections. Could be fun – a nice treat for the fans, giving them something to look forward to. The record is held by John McGraw, who was tossed 13 times for New York in 1905. The AL record is actually already in Baltimore; 12, in 1956, by Paul Richards (the team went 69-85 that year, so perhaps he had had a similar idea). And, of course, Earl Weaver holds the career AL record (98), with Bobby Cox tops in the majors (132). So the O’s franchise already has a rich history in this area.

Oh, and the O’s fell to 36-54. Ninth loss in a row. Good times.