The first pitch ended up being thrown at 10:45 due to some rain, and while the O's underscored BRob's claim of players being sluggish after delays, Kansas City conversely came out firing as seven runs were put up by the Royals in the first four innings.
The Orioles were able to consistently get their leadoff men on against Greinke, but sans Roberts' double and subsequent run scored, the 25 year old phenom was able to adjust effectively and stifle every other possible rally.
Greinke's counterpart Adam Eaton got away with quite a few pitches in the early innings, but the tide began to turn in the fourth as his hanging breaking balls and badly placed pitches were taken advantage of by Mike Jacobs and Miguel Olivo, both of whom took Eaton deep to break the game open.
With a 6-1 lead and Greinke on the mound, things didn't look good, and in fact they weren't.
Hendrickson came in and pitched pretty well as he only allowed one run over three innings; I can't say that he'll stick, but Hendo looked much more comfortable relieving Eaton than starting in the rotation.
There isn't much else to say as the O's failed to present themselves with opportunities after the first few innings, even with Greinke being pulled in the eigth for Juan Cruz.
On a separate note, it was nice seeing Montanez, Reimold, and Pie all playing over stopgaps like Wigginton, but with Hill coming up, it looks like one of the three is going to have to go down to Norfolk. I can't see Pie clearing waivers, so we'll either have seen Reimold for a brief stint or Montanez will be the odd man out.
Most Birdland Player (MBP) For Tonight's Game Was:
Aubrey Huff (2 - 4, 1 RBI) (27 votes)
Brian Roberts (2 - 3, 1 BB, 1R) (101 votes)
Mark Hendrickson (3 IP, 3 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 1 ER) (72 votes)
No One (88 votes)
288 total votes