Thursday, July 31st, 2014

O’s Embarrass, then Redeem, Themselves, Take 2 of 3 from Gnats

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The weekend started off quite horribly in Birdland.

While a sweep of the lowly Nationals didn’t seem like too much to ask for after frustrating losses at the hands of the Yankees and Red Sox, any hopes of a 3-win weekend were quickly dashed Friday night. Washington set new team records by scoring 17 runs and bashing six home runs off the beleaguered O’s pitching staff.

Jake Arrieta gave up 6 in just 3.2.

Jason Berken provided absolutely zero relief, giving up six of his own in just a single inning of work.

Clay Rapada had the best night, surrendering only one run over 1.1 innings.

Kevin Gregg and Mike Gonzalez were…well, Kevin Gregg and Mike Gonzalez, each allowing two runs, in two and one innings, respectively.

The 17-5 beating came right on the heels of Thursday’s 13-2 whooping at the hands of the Yankees, giving the Birds a glorious two-day run of 30-7 baseball.

Fortunately, Saturday and Sunday would be better, as the O’s rebounded to take 2/3 from Washington.

Saturday, Jeremy Guthrie finally got some run support as the Birds won easily, 8-3. Sunday was more tense, but a two-run bomb from Vlad Guerrero in the bottom of the 7th proved to be just enough, as B’More came away with a 2-1 victory.

So at least the team can have a small sense of the warm-and-fuzzies heading into today’s off day.

On the bright side, Brian Matusz may possibly return to the rotation this week (yay!). Unfortunately, the other Brian (Roberts) is out indefinitely with headaches (boo!).

The Birds close out the month with games against Kansas City at the Yard, then in Oakland and Seattle. All three of those teams are sub-.500 at the moment, so let’s hope we can have a little feast outside of the east.

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