Birds Up, O's Down for August 22-28

The Orioles went 6-1 the week of August 22nd thanks mostly to good starting pitching, but the offense held its own as well. Even bad teams have good stretches, and while my happiness with each win was tempered by our recent tragedy, it was still good to see the guys put together a few good games. 

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Zach Britton  Welcome back, rook! Britton returned from the disabled list with a solid, but not great, outing against the Twins, then straight up dominated the Yankees last Friday, pitching seven shutout innings, giving up four singles and one walk while striking out five. 

Jeremy Guthrie Guthrie made one start and it was a good one. On August 24th he pitched seven innings and gave up just one run while striking out five and walking two.

Tommy Hunter Hunter pitched against the Yankees and would have had a good night if not for those three pesky home runs he gave up. He did last seven innings, so that's something. 

Brian Matusz Brian Matusz's ERA is 9.07. And that's all I have to say about that. 

Jo-Jo Reyes Proving that he's capable of beating a bad team every now and then, Reyes held the Twins to one run over six innings despite walking four. 

Alfredo Simon The Saucy One had a good week, pitching an eight-inning gem in Minnesota with a career high eight strikeouts. He was pretty good against the Yankees yesterday, too, but that's for next week's list. 
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Brad Bergesen Bergy only saw action in one game, but he pitched two good innings in Sunday night's loss to the Yankees. Not much need for the long man when the starters go 7-8 innings.  

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Willie Eyre Two appearances this week, each one inning. One scoreless, one with one walk and one run. 

Mike Gonzalez Gonzo is ridiculous, in the good way. He pitched three times this week for a total of 4.1 innings. He allowed one single and no runs. He didn't walk anyone, and at one point he struck out seven straight batters. 

Kevin Gregg Don't let that up arrow trick you into thinking I like the dude. But I gotta give credit where it's due. Three scoreless innings, no walks, no runs, two singles. 

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Mark Hendrickson Hendo made one appearance while filling Troy Patton's roster spot so the elusive one could attend court for his DWI. It wasn't a very good appearance, and he's gone now. 

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Chris Jakubauskas After pitching two good innings in Minnesota, he had trouble with the Yankees. He gave up the third HR in the back-to-back-to-back sequence on Saturday.

Jim Johnson JJ did his thing, making three one-inning appearances without allowing a run. 

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Troy Patton  Patton had no appearances as he went out of town to deal with his troubles. Well, that and the fact that Buck doesn't seem to like letting him pitch. 
Lineup

Ryan Adams Called up before the first game in Minnesota, Adams went 9-for-25 with four doubles and two walks. I'm guessing that his .474 BABIP isn't sustainable, but it earns him an up arrow for this week. 

Robert Andino Robert had a rough week, going just 4-for-26. He did take three walks, though, and his defense doesn't look bad at third.  

Matt Angle Little Matt Angle isn't much for the hitting, but at least he doesn't fall on his face catching balls in the outfield. 

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Jake Fox He's finally back with the big club, and did pretty well in his only start. He went 2-for-4 as the DH in one game in Minnesota. 

Vladimir Guerrero He stinks. 

J.J. Hardy J.J. had a great week with hits in every single game. He went 11-for-30 with a double, two home runs, and two walks. 

Adam Jones He missed time with an illness, and when he was playing he wasn't good. He went just 1-for-16. 

Nick Markakis He only had six hits, but half of those were doubles. And he did take three walks. But still, not a good week overall for Nick. 

Nolan Reimold Nolan has settled in at the plate, and he had nine hits for the week, including a homer, a double, and two triples. 

Mark Reynolds We were promised home runs, and Reynolds delivered. He hit three in the week and reached thirty HR on the year. He didn't take any walks, which is strange for him, but with a SLG of .857 I'll let it slide. 

Craig Tatum Is it really fair to even put him on here? Does anyone expect him to do anything? 

Matt Wieters He reached base ten times in twenty-one plate appearances during the week, thanks to six hits and four walks. All six hits, by the way, were for extra bases, as he belted four doubles and two home runs. 
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