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Adam Jones’ report card: A in hitting, F in fielding

Posted By Brendan Keelan On Apr 17 2013 @ 11:13 pm In Baltimore Orioles | No Comments

In tonight’s Orioles-Rays game, which ended in a 6-2 Orioles loss, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones helped contribute to each of the two team’s scores. Jones drove in the O’s only two runs on a two-run homer in the third and also made two bad decisions in the field. He allowed a two run double in the fourth inning by overplaying a line drive hit by the Rays James Loney and then made a throwing mistake before that, which turned a Shelley Duncan single into a double, putting runners into scoring position. These caused the Rays to break the tie and take control of the rest of the game.

What is happening with Adam Jones in the field? This is not what to expect from a returning Gold Glover. During the weekend series with the Yankees he made a terrible error on a fly ball that should’ve been easily caught, which turned into a three run error and cost the Orioles the game. Also in an earlier home game with the Twins Jones made a miscommunication error with left fielder Nolan Reimold to allow a hit that should’ve been an out also leading to runs for the other team. Jones however has been excelling in batting, he and Chris Davis coming into this game had a .717 slugging percentage, Jones has batted .400 against Rays pitcher Matt Moore in the past.

O’s pitcher Chris Tillman earned his first loss of the season going five innings giving up six hits, four runs, two walks and striking out six, he now goes to 1-4 against Tampa Bay in his career. Rays pitcher Matt Moore, who had not given up a run in his first two starts of the season, gave up two runs but earned the win only giving up five hits and striking out seven Oriole batters. The Rays broke a streak of eleven straight games with fewer than ten hits in a game tonight by recording eleven. One Orioles high point tonight was that right fielder Nick Markakis had a base hit in the first inning and has now reached base in each of the 14 games played so far this season.

This loss puts the O’s at .500 with a record of 7-7 and forces a rubber game in this series. The O’s next game is tomorrow 7:05 PM ET, the probable pitchers will be David Price (TB) 0-1 5.82 ERA¬†facing¬†Miguel Gonzalez (BAL) 1-1 2.92 ERA.

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