After beating the Pirates big time offensively Monday night 8-3, the Pirates handed it right back to the O’s in their 9-3 loss last night. 6 of those runs were the fault of Jeremy Guthrie who hasn’t had a bad start since June 5 when he gave up 6 runs to the Blue Jays in 5 innings. And he can’t even blame it on his back because he pitched 6 1/3 innings and threw 97 pitches. If it was his back that was bothering him, he would have gone 5 innings. No, he just could not land his pitches anywhere BUT in the middle of the plate leaving them hanging for the struggling Pirates line-up who have scored 3 runs or less in 11 of their last 14. Despite that, the O’s found a way to let them score 9. Like I said Guthrie gave up 6 runs (5 earned) and 11 hits bringing his season record to 2-9 (this time he deserved the loss) and a 3.79 ERA which still isn’t terrible. Surprisingly, it’s better than Jake Arrieta’s who we can argue is pitching better this season, or at least the team wins with him on the mound.
Then Mr. Brad I-can-pitch-better-than-him Bergesen came in to pitch the rest of the 7th and the 8th. He did his job in the 7th when he got the double play with the bases loaded. But, in the 8th he fell apart. He gave up a double, a single, and an RBI fielder’s choice ground-out. He then gave up another single and a walk followed by a 2-run double. Clay Rapada came in to get the last out of the inning but obviously the damage was done.
Though the O’s did get 8 hits, they couldn’t get any strung together except in the 5th when J.J. Hardy hit a solo shot. Nick Markakis singled and then Adam Jones hit a 2run homer to make it 5-3. That’s the closest the Orioles would get.
The game was pretty bad pitching wise and offensively, the team got hits they just couldn’t get that big hit which seems to happen quite often unfortunately. Hopefully the can bounce back and win the series in today’s rubber match.