Just when you think the Orioles can't get any worse, they do. The starting pitching was terrible again tonight, as Jake Arrieta lasted just 4.1 innings and gave up five runs. Jason Berken followed him and gave up two. Pedro Viola, who I'm sorry but should never be pitching to the Boston Red Sox or any other good baseball team, gave up three more on back-to-back-to-back home runs by David Ortiz, Josh Reddick, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. He didn't record any outs.
How bad are the Orioles? They're starting Alfredo Simon on Saturday against the Red Sox. That's gonna be a real treat.
Oh, but I'm not being positive enough, am I? I mean, after all the Orioles did score four runs! After three straight singles by J.J. Hardy, Nick Markakis, and Adam Jones to start the game and give the O's a 1-0 lead, they got another run when Vladimir Guerrero grounded into a double play. Well done! Then in the fourth inning, two singles again started the inning so that Robert Andino could bunt them over, ultimately resulting in a sacrifice fly. And their fourth and final run scored in the eighth on a Derrek Lee ground out. So four runs and only one scored on a hit.
This is kind of an aside, but does anyone have those MASN text alerts? They're garbage. They only text you when the Orioles do something good. So if they get a 2-0 lead, they tell you about that, but then you never hear from them until the game is over. Newsflash, MASN: the point of text alerts is to tell people what's happening in the game, not to pretend the Orioles are good with their early leads and then reluctantly text the final score with no other details.
Tomorrow the Red Sox send Josh Beckett to the mound, so be prepared for an even worse game than tonight by the offense, since Andrew Miller isn't even good. Thankfully I'll be at the IronBirds game and not watching what is sure to be a debacle.
But let's try to stay positive! Oh, and happy birthday to my Granddad, who turns 88 tomorrow. He told me tonight that he's going to try and keep the faith and hope the Orioles will go on a win streak soon. Bless him.