Baltimore 8, Washington 3
Box Score / Play-By-Play / AP Recap
Jeremy Guthrie led the Orioles to victory yesterday. As usual, Guthrie did not generate many swing and misses (5), but racked up foul balls (28). Although no one has completely nailed it down, he typically outperforms his xFIP due to hitters never completely squaring up on his pitches. In comparison, Nationals' starter John Lannan had twelve foul balls. Anyway, with a spent bullpen, Guthrie managed to go seven innings deep while giving up two unearned runs. Two runs or less is something Guthrie has done in four previous starts this year and has had a 1-2 record in those games. The offense helped even up that record with Nolan Reimold's two run homerun breaking the seal and the rest of the runs were delivered with strings of singles and doubles. Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, Vladimir Guerrero, Matt Wieters, and Brandon Snyder all registered multi-hit efforts.
Stat of the game
The Orioles managed to hit well with runners in scoring position. If a team is not going to take many walks (one) or hit home runs (one), it has to bring them in with timely hitting. The Orioles did that yesterday.
Orioles Game ball
Jeremy Guthrie (7 IP, 2 RA, 5 H, 4 K, 1 BB)
MiLB game balls
Norfolk (Box) - Josh Bell, 3B (3-4)
Bowie (Box) - Brian Matusz, LHP (6 IP, 3 H, 0 RA, 1 K, 1 BB)
Frederick (Box) - Bobby Bundy, RHP (8 IP, 3 H, 1 RA, 8 K, 0 BB)
Delmarva (Box) - Brendan Webb, RF (2-4, 1 HR (1))
Three Morning Links
MASN's Amber Theoharris reports that the Orioles attempted to sign Adam Jones to a long term contract last winter. However, Jones thinks his true value has yet to be visualized and wished to wait longer to establish that and sign a better contract.
MAXPreps had a feature a little while ago on Cal Ripken Jr.'s son Ryan Ripken and his baseball accomplishments. Doesn't the face on that picture look photoshopped? Oh, shared heredity.
The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebeic catches up with Brian Roberts and his troubling issues with concussion-like symptoms. He will unlikely be ready to play on Tuesday when he is eligible to come off the DL.
Chris Tillman (4.56 xFIP, 74 ERA+) has given up only 1 run in his last two efforts, but they have both been merely above average efforts. He needs to go longer than five or six innings and to do that he needs better command of his pitches and those pitches need to miss the bats. In this rubber match, he will be facing off against Jordan Zimmermann (3.74 xFIP, 92 ERA+).