Written by Shane Bauer
Miguel Gonzalez started off the game well, pitching his only clean inning in the first. Gonzalez lasted into sixth, giving up 8 hits, and four walks while striking out four. Gonzalez left in the sixth with runners on first and third with two outs.
Final Line - 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 8h, 4 BB, and 4 K
- T.J MacFarland came in for Gonzalez and got Ben Zobrist to ground out to Davis on the first pitch with runners on first and third. MacFarland came back the next inning to work a perfect seventh against the heart of the Rays lineup and a scoreless eighth. After allowing two runs in the ninth, MacFarland was removed for Jim Johnson.
- Jim Johnson allowed two inherited runners to score after giving up a single to the first batter he faced, Wil Myers.
Alex Cobb, the starting pitcher for the Rays, kept the Orioles silent for most of the game. Through six innings, the Orioles only reached base five times. In the sixth, the Orioles loaded the bases against Cobb on two walks and a single. After not recording an out in the seventh, Alex Torres replaced Cobb and got Brian Roberts to ground into a 5-6-4 double play. Wieters scored on the double play to bring the O’s within one at 3-2. Torres ended the inning by striking out Nate McClouth.
In the ninth, Nick Markakis walked to lead off the inning. Matt Wieters followed up by hitting Wesley Wright’s 2-1 fastball over the left field fence. After JJ Hardy reached based on a walk, Rays closer Fernando Rodney recorded the final three outs to earn the save.
- In the fifth, Gonzalez went after a potential double play ball that allowed Wil Myers to reach and load the bases. Gonzalez was able to bounce back by getting Zobrist to ground into an inning ending double play.
- While ahead in the count, Brian Roberts grounded into a rally killing double play on a good pitch by Alex Torres.
- In the top of the ninth, Buck Showalter decided to intentially walk Evan Longoria to face Matt Joyce. Matt Joyce responded by hitting a two RBI double into the right field corner.
- Jim Johnson could not stop the Rays for scoring, allowing both of his inherited runners to score immediately.
- Alex Cobb was dealing early, holding the Orioles down for most of the game.
- Miguel Gonzalez was able to limit the Rays to three runs, but had runners on most of the time. He was fortunate to escape with just two earned runs on his line. He left a lot of pitches up in the zone.
- T.J MacFarland pitched well for two innings, but didn’t have much left in the ninth.
- Jim Johnson made a few good pitches and got unlucky on James Loney’s hit, but left a few pitches up in the zone.
- Other than the rallies in the seventh and ninth, the Orioles didn’t have many chances to score. They were 1 for 3 with Runners in Scoring Position.
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