Game One: Orioles 7, Angels 9
RHP Jake Arrieta – 3.2 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K (6.13 ERA) – Arrieta was sent down to AAA Norfolk after the game. That makes three members of the Orioles opening day rotation that are now pitching in AAA. Arrieta is just too consistent. He needs to go down there and work on his mechanics with Rick Peterson. As much as the offense has struggled of late, its the pitching thats holding us back.
LF Xavier Avery – 2-4, 2 R, BB, SB (6) (.250 AVG)
C Matt Wieters – 2-5, R, 4 RBI, HR (12) (.250 AVG)
DH Jim Thome – 2-5, RBI (.235 AVG)
1B Mark Reynolds – 1-3, solo HR (7) (.214 AVG)
RF Ryan Flaherty – 2-3, solo HR (2) (.213 AVG)
Game Two: Orioles 3, Angels 2
RHP Miguel Gonzalez – 7 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 6 K, W (1-0) (1.93 ERA) – Gonzalez was given an opportunity to start and he made the best of it. With Matusz, Arrieta, and Hunter in AAA he’ll definitely get at least a few more runs through the rotation. He’s been great at AAA Norfolk and was effective as a long man in the O’s bullpen on a few occasions. He was a great minor league signing. Could be the next Rodrigo Lopez for us.
CF Adam Jones – 2-4, double (19) (.295 AVG)
RF Steve Pearce – 1-3, 3 Run HR (3) (.258 AVG) – All three of the Orioles runs came on one swing of Pearce’s bat.
Game Three: Orioles 0, Angels 3
RHP Jason Hammel – 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, L (8-5) (3.47 ERA) – Hammel pitched pretty good. He gave the Orioles a chance to win but the offense was unable to score a single run. The trend continued with him tiring out in the later innings as two of the runs he allowed came in the 7th inning. Hopefully with the all-star break he’ll be able to recharge his batteries a bit and gear up for the second half.
DH Jim Thome – 1-2, BB (.241 AVG)
3B Wilson Betemit – 1-3, double (11) (.257 AVG)
2B Robert Andino – 1-3 (.231 AVG)
Game Four: Orioles 0, Angels 6
LHP Wei-Yin Chen – 4 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, L (7-5) (3.93 ERA) – Chen had trouble with his command, leaving the ball up in the zone. He walked three batters over four innings which is unusual for him, as are the three homeruns he gave up. The all-star break should do him some good as well as hes still getting used to his first major league season. He’s never had to pitch this often in his career.
2B Robert Andino – 1-4, double (9) (.231 AVG)
RF Chris Davis – 1-3, BB (.271 AVG)
LF Steve Pearce – 1-2 (.262 AVG)
C Ronny Paulino – 1-3 (.254 AVG)