Thursday, July 30, 2009
O's Split Series With Royals, No One Pays Attention.
Before we get started on the O's Recap, I just want to address the trade that took place a few hours ago. George Sherrill was traded to the Dodgers for 3B prospect Josh Bell and LHP Steve Johnson. It is sad to see Sherrill go, as he has been a great closer for the O's for over a year and a half now and I really enjoy the way he wears his flat brimmed cap and calls himself the Brim Reaper.
With that being said, I'm sure Sherrill will be happy to play for a winning team, and it is no secret that the O's are building for the future. With this trade, we were able to move a player at his peak in order to continue our quest to replenish our farm system.
I have a feeling that Steve Johnson will turn out to be just a run of the mill bullpen guy in the majors, but I have a good feeling about Josh Bell. He has exhibited good power in the minors and he looks to be the eventual replacement at third base for Melvin Mora. His only knock is his weak defensive play, but hopefully he can straighten that out and contribute for the big league club for years to come.
Now without further ado, here is your recap:
In a series that no one cared about (including most people in Baltimore and Kansas City), the Orioles and Royals proved that they are equally horrible by winning 2 games apiece.
Monday was the Billy Butler show. Butler went 5/5 with 3 RBIs to lead the Royals to a 5-3 victory. Rich Hill lasted only 2 1/3 innings while giving up 3 runs, all but ending his opportunity to remain in the O's starting rotation this season (he is now on the DL).
The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... Rich Hill!
I hate to do it, but he deserves it. His continual short outings put pressure on the bullpen, and leave all of the other pitchers tired for other games. This puts him in the lead in the CWA standings. Damn you Rich! So senseless!
On Tuesday, the O's wasted a rare good outing by Jason Berken (2 ER in 6 innings) as they lost 4-3 in 11 innings. The O's were up 3-2 going into the 8th inning until Jim Johnson gave up a solo home run to Willie Bloomquist (8 career home runs in 7 full MLB seasons coming into the game). Danys Baez gave up a run in the 11th to close out the collapse. Matt Wieters had his first career 4 hit game in the loss.
The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for this game is... Nick Markakis!
Markakis went 0/4 with 1 strike out while leaving 5 men on base. Not the finest game from Nick.
On Wednesday, Chris Tillman made his long awaited MLB debut and his nerves seemed to get the best of him. Tillman gave up 3 runs (all solo HRs) in 4 2/3 innings and did not recieve a decision as the O's won 7-3. Tillman has great stuff, but he left a few pitches up and they were absolutely crushed by the Royals. It will be fun to see how he matures over the rest of the season. Adam Jones had a home run and 3 RBIs, and Nick Markakis also had 3 RBIs to lead the O's offense.
Today, Brad Bergesen shut down the Royals to earn a 7-3 victory. Bergesen pitched 7 strong innings, giving up 1 earned run and striking out 6 before he was forced to leave the game after a line drive struck him in the knee (x-rays were negative). Ty Wigginton homered for the O's and Aubrey Huff continued to heat up, driving in 3 runs.
Tomorrow the O's open a weekend series against the David Ortiz steroid crew. Hopefully we don't get embarrassed.