April 20, 2010 · 16:29
Jake Arrieta pitched 6 strong innings for the Tides
Well sports fans I didn’t get the post off in time the other night so both Sunday and Monday’s games are covered in this post.
On Sunday evening in Durham the Tides bats went silent and Durham’s bats caught fire again. Tides starter Chris Tillman was stung for 4 runs in the top of the fourth and suffered from control issues giving up 3 hits, 2 walks, hit Ryan Shealy with a pitch and tossed 2 wild pitches and was not helped by a passed by catcher Adam Donachie. Tillman threw 43 pitches and was removed at the end of the first being replaced by reliever Jeff George. George threw 4 innings giving up 1 run on 2 hits, the run coming in the bottom of the 5th when Justin Ruggiano doubled to right to drive in Desmond Jennings. Andy Mitchell came into the game and was hit hard by the Bulls giving up 3 runs in the sixth inning and 2 more in the 7th. The damage in the sixth came as the Bulls got 4 hits, drew a walk and were aided by 2 stolen bases. In the seventh Mitchell could not stop the bleeding and gave up 2 runs on three hits including a double by Alvin Colina. Frank Mata came into the game in the 8th and retired the side in order. The Tides bats were silent. The only Tides run came from a Rhyne Hughes homer in the top of the first. Bulls starter Jeremy Hellickson (3-0 1.42) who has dominated both Gwinnett and the Tides gave up just 1 run on 4 hits, striking out 8 and walking just 1 in 7.2 innings. Brian Baker closed out the game allowing no runs on no hits. For the Tides Chris Tillman (0-3 8.38) got the loss giving up 4 runs on 3 hits. Chris George gave up 1 run on two hits and Andy Mitchell was rung up for 5 runs on 6 hits.
Tides Manager Gary Allenson was tossed just prior to the start of the bottom of the Third
On Monday the Tides came home to face their old rival the Gwinnett Braves, a rivalry that has cooled since the Braves left Richmond two years ago. The Tides started Jake Arrieta (1-0 0.50) who is rapidly becoming the ace of this staff. Jake got his second no-decision of the season pitching 6 innings giving up 2 runs, only one of which was earned on 5 hits striking out 5. I would not be surprised if Jake continues to mature as fast as he has if he ends up on the Orioles 40 man roster soon. Ross Wolf (0-1 2.61) got the loss for the Tides giving up 2 runs neither of which was earned on 3 hits in 2 inning s work. Wolf too has also come a long way since last year and is becoming a reliable middle reliever for the Tides. Alberto Castillo came in to finish the game for the Tides giving up nothing to the Braves.
Rhyne Hughes singled to up his hitting streak to 11 games
The Tides lost a chance in the third inning when following the ejection of Tides Manager Gary Allenson before the first pitch of the inning arguing a call from the top half of the inning. Allenson must have questioned third base umpire Lance Barrett’s parentage as well as his eyesight and well after the toss was chewing on Barrett’s ear and if he had been any closer he would have “Van Gough’d” Barrett. Allenson was relieved as third base coach by Hitting Coach Richie Hebner. With Joey Gathright on first Robert Andino doubled to deep right center. Hebner held Gathright at third even though it was obvious that Joey with his great speed would have been safe and up at the concourse hot dog stand before the throw came in. Instead both Gathright and Andino were left on base on second and third with no outs when the middle of the order could muster nothing to drive them in.
Joey Gathright singles in the bottom of the 6th. Joey went 2-3 with 2 walks and the RBI
The Tides runs came in the bottom of the sixth when Jonathan Tucker doubled to score Josh Bell and Joey Gathright drove in Tucker. Gathright then stole second and third but was left at third when Robert Andino struck out swinging.
Jake Arrieta rushes to field a bunt
The Tides Roster has seen some changes in the past several days. Lou Montanez was called up to Baltimore to replace Felix Pie in the outfield with Pie on the DL. Kam Mickolio went up to replace injured Mike Gonzales, Justin Turner to replace injured Brian Roberts and Orioles starting pitcher Brad Bergeson was optioned to Norfolk after a series of poor outing the last against the Mariners where he gave up 7 runs in the 3rd inning.
Braves catcher Gregor Blanco goes down avoiding a high and tight pitch from Arrieta
The Orioles broke their 10 game losing streak in Oakland on Sunday defeating the A’s 8-3 behind the pitching of rookie Brian Matusz who got his second and the Orioles second win of the season. Ty Wiggington provided much of the offensive punch driving in 4 runs and hitting his fourth home run of the season. On Monday night in Seattle starter Brad Bergeson gave up 7 runs in the bottom of the fourth and the O’s went on to lose to the Mariners 8-2. The O’s offense once again was provided by Ty Wiggington who hit his 5th home run of the year a solo shot in the top of the 9th against Mariner’s reliever Shawn Kelly.
Tides Left Fielder Jeff Salazar races to make a catch on Monday at Harbor Park
The other run came in the top of the 7th when Luke Scott doubled to break up Seattle starter Doug Fiester’s (2-0 1.42) no hitter and was driven in by catcher Matt Wieter’s. After the game Bergeson (0-2 12.19) was sent down to AAA Norfolk for a tune up. No related call up from the Tides has been announced. Tonight Tides starting pitcher Alfredo Simon (1-0 2.00) will go against Gwinnett’s Todd Redmond (1-1 1.93). I’ll see you there from my pew in Section 102, Row B seat 1. Later in the evening the O’s will send up David Hernandez (0-2 4.91) will face Jason Vargas (1-1 5.56) at Safeco field.
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September 29, 2009 · 23:27
“We’re so bad right now that for us back-to-back home runs means one today and another one tomorrow.” Earl Weaver
Michael Aubrey has Been a Bright Spot for the Orioles
The Baltimore Orioles tied this season’s American League losing streak at 11 games, well make that broke it with at 12 games tonight. However do not fear the Orioles cannot break their own team record losing streak unless they lose out and begin next year on a losing skid. Since the Orioles lost the first 21 games of the 1988 season and there are only 5 games left the worst that can happen are 17 straight losses. Since I have made a significant investment in team gear such as jerseys, t-shirts, hats and cell phone holders I do hope that this does not continue. The last time the Orioles won a game was back on September 16th. In every case they have found interesting if not painful ways to lose. There have been blow outs, and there have been meltdowns. Recently the O’s have taken to getting lots of hits and base runners and on occasion score a decent amount of runs but leaving lots of men on base. The result of course is when the pitching melted down the opposing team ended up outscoring the O’s.
Going into the month the O’s were well over 20 games behind the Yankees, so the remainder of the season was pretty much in the tank. A number of things contributed to the September collapse which was very much like the August collapse of the O’s AAA affiliate the Norfolk Tides. The Orioles are a team that has struggled in part due to injuries of key personnel as well as trades, just as the Tides were impacted by call-ups and injuries. The injuries have included All Star outfielder Adam Jones as well as Rookie of the Year contender Nolan Reimold and starting pitcher Brad Bergeson. Trades included closer George Sherrill and Designated Hitter Aubrey Huff and pinch hitter deluxe Oscar Salazar.
Alberto Castillo is Showing Promise as a Reliever
As the season has drawn to a close the team has made some moves that although prudent for the health and future of some of their young prospects. Several pitchers had reached the number of innings that the club wanted them to achieve during the season including Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz. Nolan Reimold as mentioned is injured but was playing injured most of the year and finally elected to have surgery on his frayed hamstring.
Until the last 12 games the O’s had one of the better team batting averages in the league but during this losing streak the team average has dropped significantly, especially in situations with runners on base or in scoring position. Pitching has been hard to come by and even fielding has not been always impressive. Even when starters have a good game going the relief staff has not been able to do the job resulting in a number of losses during this streak. It is like Earl Weaver said “The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three run homers.” The Orioles are not getting much of anything right now.
Jeff Fiorentino seen here Hitting a Home Run off of Bartolo Colon should find a Home in the Majors
In spite of this there is reason to hope and there are some bright spots on the Orioles roster. Nolan Reimold and Brad Bergeson show great potential as does catcher Matt Wieters who has steadily gained confidence behind the plate and at bat. Others are showing signs that they could become productive members of the team for the next several years. Michael Aubrey at 1st Base has been quite consistent and may be in the process of winning a spot on next year’s active roster. Rookie pitchers Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz show great potential and reliever Alberto Castillo has done very well in his relief appearances since coming up this month. Among the veterans Brian Roberts, Nick Markakis, Adam Jones and Luke Scott should be back and Jeremy Guthrie after a horrible start has began to get himself into his old form. Melvin Mora and Felix Pie should be back as well. If the pitching staff gets healthy and Tillman and Matusz pitch to the level expected the Orioles have a chance of at least being competitive next year even though I think that challenging the Yankees and Red Sox is a couple years off.
The Orioles have some very good prospects as well as rookies that I have not mentioned including pitchers David Hernandez, Jeff George and relievers Kam Mikalio and Jim Miller. There are also a number of position players such as infielder Brandon Snyder and utility man Brandon Pinckney who could find themselves on the team at some point.
One player that I have not mentioned who should stay in the majors is outfielder Jeff Fiorentino. Jeff has done very well since his call up however his comparative lack of power at the plate, despite being a great hitter in being able to get on base combined with the O’s outfield depth may mean that he has no place on this team. With his speed, fielding ability, steadiness at the plate and all round hustle he needs to stay in the majors even if not on the O’s. A place that might work for Jeff might be in San Francisco where in a park not geared for power his ability as a situational hitter would help the team. Likewise his speed and fielding abilities would also be a good fit in the large outfield expanse at AT&T Park.
The one spot that I think that the team needs a change is the Field Manager Dave Trembley. Trembley seems to be a good teacher but is not terribly inspirational. Admittedly he began the year with a weak squad but something is not working and I do like his calm, but I wonder if the teams needs fire rather than calm right now. My choice would be for the O’s to make a serious offer for Bobby Valentine now that he has returned from Japan.
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