Written by Bruce Smith
The Orioles and Blue Jays played the second game of a four game weekend series. The Orioles’ bats never woke up and the Blue Jays got just enough offense despite only four hits. In the end, the Jays beat the Orioles by a score of 4-0.
The Blue Jays are leading the division with a record of 40-29. The Orioles dropped to 34-32.
Ubaldo Jimenez started for the Orioles. As usual, it was a frustrating ride. Jimenez has great stuff, but he just insists on pitching for the edges of the plate regardless of the count. He continued to walk people at an alarming rate in this game, but he also continued to be difficult to square up. At the end of the day only one of the walks came back to haunt Jimenez when Juan Francisco caught up to one of the few flat fastballs in the middle of the plate and hit a long home run to left-center field.
Jimenez’s final line was 6.0 IP, 3 hits, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 2 K and the win. Jimenez kept the team in the game despite another outing with too many walks. His stuff bailed him out several times though I’m sure fans everywhere were frustrated by his inability to limit the walks yet again.
Tommy Hunter relieved Jimenez in the 7th inning. He pitched a clean frame while recording a strikeout. After a short rain delay, Buck made a curious decision and brought Tommy back for a second inning. He clearly wasn’t as sharp. A walk, error, wild pitch, and bloop single later the Jays had scored twice. Hunter didn’t pitch poorly, but I don’t understand why he was asked to come out for a second inning.
Josh Stinson relieved Hunter and pitched 1.2 clean innings.
The Orioles had a very lean night at the plate. They loaded the bases once, but were unable to score. One piece of good news was Manny Machado picking up three hits. JJ Hardy, Adam Jones, and Steve Pearce each collected two hits, but the remaining five hitters were all hitless. The Orioles collected no walks on the evening.
Schoop made an error in the 8th inning just after the rain delay on a ball that caromed off Hunter. It was an odd play as the ball seemed to jump up on Schoop just as the runner passed in front of him.
Key Moments In The Game
Adam Jones made a baserunning error in the 4th inning when he tried to take third on a ball hit in front of him to the SS. The inning continued and Jones would have scored later on a single. Eventually, the Orioles loaded the bases and Schoop flew out deep to center. It was the closest to scoring the Orioles got all night.
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