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Britton blows up and blows the O’s chance for a sweep

Posted By Brendan Keelan On Aug 1 2012 @ 5:08 pm In Baltimore Orioles | No Comments

The Orioles came into this game winning the first two games of this series and the Yankees came in with a four game losing streak. They were trying to do something that they haven’t done since 1986, and that was to sweep the Yankees at Yankee stadium, but they failed by a score of 12-3 due to a dissapointing start by the O’s Zach Britton. Britton went only two and two-thirds innings giving up seven hits, seven earned runs, and three walks which earned him the loss. He is now 1-1 on the year with a 8.35 ERA, he has given up 13 earned runs in his last two starts, is he starting to roller coaster or go downhill completely?

In today’s game the O’s actually had to use a starting pitcher in relief, Tommy Hunter. Hunter, who was suppose to start the next game for the O’s on Friday against Tampa Bay came in eighth and pitched two-thirds of an inning and cleaned up. He has been bouncing back and forth from the rotation to the bullpen all season until the O’s needed back in the rotation for injury and call down reasons. Why did they use him in relief today if he’s pitching on Friday? To rest the remaining relievers? To give him some practice or warm ups?

Orioles hitting didn’t help much either, they had many opportunities to drive in runs but just kept failing, they ended up with twenty-four runners left on base. Another note on batting in this series is that there were grand slams hit one by the O’s and one by the Yanks. The Oriole grand slam came last night by Chris Davis off of Ivan Nova and the Yankee one was in this game, Robinson Cano off of Kevin Gregg.

Orioles next is on Friday Aug. 3rd in Tampa Bay as the O’s open a series with the Rays. Tommy Hunter is still scheduled to start for the O’s and Matt Moore will pitch for the Rays.

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