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Orioles woes worsen both on the pitcher’s mound and in the batter’s box

Posted By Brendan Keelan On Jul 25 2012 @ 11:01 pm In Baltimore Orioles | No Comments

Tonight’s game between the Orioles and Rays was a painful game to watch that ended in a 10-1 score in favor of the Rays. It became ugly right from the first pitch of the game from the O’s Miguel Gonzalez to the Rays Desmond Jennings. Jennings hit a lead off home run on the first pitch out of Gonzalez’ hand. The game did not get any better for the O’s on offense nor on defense.

Gonzalez left early in the game going two and two-thirds innings surrendering seven hits and seven earned runs, which is the most given up by Gonzalez this season. The entire Rays lineup went up against Gonzalez in the first, and probably would have kept going if it weren’t for bad base running decisions by the Rays. This hasn’t happened since the Chris Tillman disaster in Minnesota earlier this month. Gonzalez also had two walks and two hit batters in a row, and received the loss.

Oriole pitchers tonight gave up a total of seven walks and four hit batters. The O’s used five relievers tonight, and everyone knows that, that is not good for the next game you have to play if most of your bullpen was used up the previous night. The only upside to the O’s pitching staff tonight is not allowing any runs in the last four innings of the game, but they are still continuing to downfall.

The O’s batting is and has suffered lately especially tonight, coming into this game from the last ten home games the Orioles were only batting .208 at home. Tonight Oriole batters struck out thirteen times which is about 48 percent of their at-bats, Orioles Matt Wieters alone is 1 for his last 27. When your team is striking out 30-50 percent of the total at-bats of a game on a every other day basis, then you are in big, big trouble.

Rays pitcher David Price; who pitched seven, one-run innings, earned his fourteenth win of the year tonight and has now won seven of his last nine starts. Price currently has with a record of 6-2 versus the O’s in his career. In other Rays notes, catcher Jose Lobaton hit his first career home run tonight off Matt Lindstrom, and Ryan Roberts; newly acquired from Arizona, hit his first homer as a Ray.

These two teams play the final game of this series tomorrow at 12:30 pm. Pitchers will be James Shields (TB) versus Chris Tillman (BAL).

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