Scrappy O’s Back Over .500

Featured, Sports and Bets — April 17, 2013 at 2:31 pm by

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

We are still waiting for Daniel Cabrera to produce

We are still waiting for Daniel Cabrera to produce

Jake Arrieta got his first win of the season last night as the Orioles beat the Rays 5-4 to kick off a nine game home stand.  Fives were wild for Arrieta as he lasted five innings and gave up five walks.  Despite this lack of control, Arrieta was able to work out of jams and allowed only 3 hits and 1 earned run over that 5 inning span.  It was definitely an interesting line for Jake and you have to wonder if the end result was due to Arrieta’s ability to pitch himself out of trouble, or  Tampa’s  inability to produce runs.  For now we’ll take the high road and say that Arrieta actually trusted his 94 m.p.h fastball, and used it to get out of tight spots.  It would be great to see Jake step up and get consistent, the talent is definitely there, but we won’t hold our breath. 

Pedro Strop had a case of the Tommy Hunters last night.  Strop entered in the 7th with a 5-1 lead.  He registered the final two outs of the inning, and then was asked back to the mound for the 8th.  Strop rewarded Showalter’s confidence by giving up two home runs.  A solo shot to Kelly Johnson, and a two run blast to Evan Longoria.  Strop has great stuff, but he was shaky the second half of last year, and his ERA early this year is almost 11. Ugh.

Buck Showalter is all about defensive baseball, and his players certainly didn’t let him down in the ninth inning last night.   J.J Hardy got the web gems started with a great play to his left. Then Manny “The Muchach” Machado made a Brooks Robinson play from third with a bare handed scoop and gun.  This kid is definitely going to win a gold glove some day. Believe it babes.

 

 It’s Moore (2-0) vs Tillman (0-0) tonight.  Same time same place.  Get your asses to the Yard!

Go O’s!

 

 

 

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