With the storm having come and gone, the O’s continued their series with the Yankees today with a double header.
- Zach Britton had his best start in quite a while, perhaps going back to his shutout in May. He kept the ball down – when he missed the zone, it tended to be low – and that limited the Yankees’ chances to increase their major league home run lead (181). And he did a nice job getting swings and misses with his off-speed stuff (~47% whiff rate with the slider, ~30% with the change). Final line; 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K. I don’t love that he was left out for 120 pitches though, but given he didn’t seem to be laboring all that much and the weather was OK I guess it’s not too terrible.
- Mark Reynolds went 3-3 with a double
- Bartolo Colon countered Britton pretty well most of the game, as the O’s didn’t work a free pass, had just 7 hits, and where kept off the scoreboard until the 7th inning.
Jim Johnson and Kevin Gregg finished things off as the O’s took the first game 2-0, making it 6 victories in a row.
- JJ Hardy singled and doubled, while Nick Markakis doubled and drew a pair of walks.
- Brian Matusz averaged over 89 mph with his fastball, and looked alright minus the longballs (which are not insignificant, of course). Final line; 5.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 3 HR.
- Mark Reynolds and Ryan Adams each K’ed 3 times; the last of which were numbers two and three of the 8th inning, which started with the O’s loading the bases. Vlad started the streak of punch-outs by swinging at a pitch that was so far out of the zone that PitchFX didn’t even register it in their location box.
With the 8-3 loss the winning streak ends at 6. Not bad… that’s actually the team’s longest such stretch since the beginning of the 2008 season. And it makes avoiding 100 losses much more likely, as the O’s only need to go 10-31 down the stretch (not that they haven’t been that bad over 30 games before this year).