Both the Orioles and the Athletics needed to win some games in this series to move closer to a American League Wild Card lead. In this series opener it was the A’s in the end who would take the game in the ninth and win by a score of 14-9. Both the O’s pitching and batting are to blame.
The O’s offense improved in way tonight because they clawed back when they were down and had big run innings in the fifth and eighth innings to give the O’s a lead in the game. But as always the amount of strikeouts by Oriole batters stands out in the game, the Oriole batters had thirteen strikeouts again. In the previous five games they have a total of 47 strikeouts which averages to about nine strikeouts a game.
Tonight there were five Oriole batters in the lineup with more than one strikeout, what does that tell you? That they need to some serious adjustments? Fire their hitting coach? The only Orioles to not strikeout in this game were Nick Markakis and J.J. Hardy.
Orioles starting pitcher Zach Britton made his third start of the season with a 1-1 record and 5.25 ERA in his career versus Oakland. He started off disasterous in the very beginning giving up five runs in the first two innings (4 in the1st) and he along with A’s starting pitcher Jarrod Parker gave up six earned runs and earned a no decision. Tonight the bullpen, who came in and showed early signs of life and hope early in the season, gave up two leads in this ballgame which could mean that the “Ghosts of Orioles Bullpen’s Past” are starting to come back. Jim Johnson’s was the worst, he blows his third save of the year and earns the loss by giving up not one, not two, but six earned runs in the top of the ninth after the O’s got the lead back in the bottom of the eight thanks to Jim Thome.
Tomorrow’s game will be played at 7:05 pm, pitchers will be Bartolo Colon (OAK 6-8 3.97 ERA) versus Tommy Hunter (BAL 4-5.57 ERA)
About the Author
Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)