Game 99: Orioles 12, Blue Jays 4

The Good:

  • JJ Hardy hit two homers and had a sac fly. Both longballs were more of the line-drive variety, on pitches up and in to Hardy. Pitchers may want to avoid that area with him.
  • Nolan Reimold also homered, plus added a double.
  • Derrek Lee led the O’s hit brigade (every starter had a base-knock), with his 4-4 day (including a home run).

The Bad:

  • Jake Arrieta’s stuff looked good – he threw an especially sick curve to strike Jose Molina out looking – and did a pretty nice job keeping the ball away from the Jays’ right-handed batters, but threw too many pitches (103) and got taken deep a couple times. Final line; 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 4 K.

The Final:

The Orioles beat the Blue Jays, in Toronto! That’s gotta be worth, like, 3 actual wins. Very nice to see the offensive outburst – hopefully they have something left for the rest of the series.