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I was always a big Erik Bedard fan - his stuff when he was on was fantastic, and the 15 strike-out game he had against Texas was probably the best pitched game I've ever seen live (batter were literally going back to the dugout shaking their heads). It would have been nice to see him do well tonight (though not quite well enough to win), and it wouldn't have been terribly surprising to see him mow down the O's while Tommy Hunter got knocked around a little by the Pirates.The Good:
- Tommy Hunter threw 4 perfect innings to start the game, striking out 3. How exciting would it have been if he could keep that up?!
- The decision to bat Chris Davis third against a lefty seemed questionable, but he had a very nice plate appearance his first time up, working a walk, and added a single and a double later.
- Matt Wieters went 4-5 with a pair of double, and took some nice swings - short stroke, and he hit the ball with some authority.
- Mark Reynolds had a couple doubles himself (plus a single), as he took some opportunities to hit the ball to the opposite field. Then he turned on one, sending it into the left-field bleachers for his 5th home run of the season. His batting line is up to .245/.369/.439 now.
- Steven Pearce walk, doubled and homered, driving in 5 runs against his former team (Wieters also had 5 RBI, making it the second time in club history that's happened - Cal (6) and Will Clark (5) did it in '99).
- Tommy Hunter then proceeded to give up 5 runs on 7 hits (including a home run), before being pulled to start the 7th. At least his walk rate is down to 1.8 per nine for the season!
- Robert Andino was the only O's starter not to get on base, and in his between-inning Movie Review segment he said he didn't like Star Wars. So I guess it serves him right, what with him being weak with the force and all.
The Orioles put 27 runs on the board against the Pirates as they swept this series. The NL is... not as good as the AL. Was helpful to the O's run differential though (+11 now). It was also good to see so many fans at the park (~30,000) for a Thursday night game against Pittsburgh.
BEST OF MAXIM
Pirates (32-29) at Orioles (36-26)
7:05 PM EST–Camden Yards, Baltimore
Here is the MLB.com Gameday
TV: ROOT Sports
The Pirates will look to avoid a sweep in Baltimore tonight.
Lots of stuff happened today:
It looks like Charlie Morton will need Tommy John surgery.
Everyone’s favorite TV reporter Lacee Collins is no longer working for ROOT Sports.
Jeff Karstens will make a rehab...
It won't be long before the Pirates' treasured pitching prospects make it to Pittsburgh. Gerrit Cole, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft and the best of those prospects, was promoted to Double-A Altoona just two months into his first professional season. He pretty much left the Pirates no choice, going 5-1 with a 2.55 ERA, 69 strikeouts and 21 walks in 67 innings...
Everyone in action today.
Indianapolis 5, Charlotte 3 – Jeff Locke started and gave up 2 runs in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out 4 and walked 2. Bryan Morris pitched 3 scoreless innings in relief. Chase d’Arnaud was 1 for 3 with a double. Jeff Clement went 1 for 4 with a double.
Altoona 7, Trenton 6 – The Curve trailed 6-1 in the bottom of the 9th and came back to win. Nathan...
This series in Baltimore has certainly not gone the Pirates' way through two games, but at least they have a favorable pitching matchup to try and sneak out of Baltimore with one win tonight as Erik Bedard goes up against Tommy Hunter. Bedard, of course, started his career with the O's and had his best years there, so maybe there will be some sort of added motivation for...
J.J. Hardy receives a lot of accolades for his bat, and rightly so. He hit 30 home runs last season, which tied him with Troy Tulowitzi for the most among big-league shortstops. He also can flash the leather. According to The Fielding Bible, “J.J. Hardy could be the most underrated shortstop in baseball. He makes all the plays that he should and can make the exceptional play on...
During the O’s 7-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night, Chris Davis did something quite remarkable. He swung, made contact, and broke his bat off at the handle.
Nothing extraordinary there, right? Guys break their bats all the time. Usually results in a weak pop up or grounder, and every once in a while the hitter gets lucky and bloops a single on a broken bat.
From the Baltimore Orioles...
Orioles place OF Endy Chavez on 15-day disabled list; Recall INF Steve Tolleson from Triple-A Norfolk
The Orioles today announced that they have placed OF ENDY CHAVEZ on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring, retroactive to June 13, and recalled INF STEVE TOLLESON from Triple-A Norfolk. Tolleson has batted .237/.275/.447 in...
I have said for years that the remedy for the poor attendance is not signing premier free agents, not signing "exciting name players" for marketing purposes, not putting "Baltimore" back on the away jerseys and not a better customer experience at the park. Those things are nice but factor that was going to move the needle for attendance was going to be winning...
ORIOLES IN THE NEWS
Nolan Reimold, who started out the season on fire, looking like he was going to be a mixed league force in the outfield, continues to linger on the sidelines with that herniated disk in his neck (the pain has subsided, but there is still weakness in the area). Tuesday he was moved from the 15 day DL to the 60 day DL pushing back his return to action even farther...
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Last night was a pretty disappointing game for the Pirates. Brad Lincoln got hit pretty badly and Wei-Yin Chen shut the offense down until it was too late and as a result, the Pirates fell behind early and then wasted a rare six-spot in a loss. Tonight they try to stop their losing streak before it even starts, though the Orioles' lineup facing Kevin Correia is something that...