The Baltimore Orioles lost both games of their rain-shortened two game series against the Yankees this week. The series began with the O’s holding a slim 1-game lead in the standings over the hated Stanks, but ended with the Bankees in first place.
Orioles starter, Chris Tillman got bombed on Wednesday night, allowing 6 ER while recording just five outs. With Mr. April, A.J. Burnett, pitching for New York, the O’s couldn’t muster much of a comeback until the 7th inning, when they closed the gap to 7-4. The Yankees bullpen took over from there and closed the game down.
Thursday night was the first Orioles heartbreaker of the season. The Orioles held a 5-0 lead at one point and Jake Arrieta didn’t allow a hit through the first four innings. But New York started chipping away at the lead, and eventually tied the game off of Kevin Gregg in the 9th. Michael Gonzalez, always an adventure, lost the game in the 10th.
I’m not sure how much longer Buck Showalter can keep sending Kevin Gregg into the 9th inning with a lead. Gregg looked horrible in recording his first save of the season in Tampa and it took just one pitch for him to blow the lead last night. On the positive side, Gregg’s stuff looked really good as he recorded two strikeouts and was pumping 92-94 mph fastballs. He showed two different breaking balls and his splitter. After allowing the homer and a double on his first three pitches, he basically dominated the next three batters to preserve the tie.
Koji Uehara looked good in the closer’s role last season but has been seldomly used (just 2 2/3 innings) so far this year. Exactly what type of situation is Buck saving Uehara for?
After pitching six no-hit innings on opening weekend, Chris Tillman hasn’t looked so hot since. His ERA sits at 7.30 and now he’s coming off an outing where he couldn’t get out of the 2nd inning. Without dominating swing-and-miss type stuff, it could be a long year for Tillman pitching in the AL East.
Jake Arrieta threw his second solid game of the year last night, going six innings and allowing just three runs. His ERA is an unsightly 7.04, but it will take him a while to bring it down from his disastrous 8-run game against Texas.
Game One Notes
-Mark Reynolds doubled twice, raising his batting average to .273.
-Matt Wieters launched a 2-run homer and is tinkering with his batting stance in order to get his bat going.
Game Two Notes
-Think Chris Tillman is struggling? The Yankees’ Prince Phillip Hughes is sporting a 13.94 ERA after Thursday’s start. His velocity is down and Yankees fans will certainly be blowing up the phone lines at WFAN today.
-Nick Markakis laced three hits and drove in three.
About the Author
Written by Sven Jenkins
My name is Sven Jenkins, and I’m an independent baseball analyst from Poughkeepsie, NY. I own 60ft6in.com and do freelance work for STATS Inc. In the past, I've done research for the St. Louis Cardinals and worked one season with Baseball Info Solutions in 2007. I have also spent many nights as an official scorer in the minor leagues and played NCAA D-III baseball at SUNY New Paltz. In the off-season I travel the world, having enjoyed over 1,100 days on the road through 40 different countries. You can email me at: jenkins AT 60ft6in DOT com.