The Orioles lost today in spite of themselves. Tim Lincecum's control was off; he threw 3 wild pitches and gave up 8 hits and 4 walks in 6 innings. The Orioles didn't take advantage, of course, as they scored just two runs on him. They left an embarrassing 13 runners on base in the game. Let's take a look at the players that matter:
Nick Markakis: Markakis had a good day, going 2-for-4 with a walk, but unfortunately struck out with one out and the tying run on third base in the 8th inning.
Adam Jones: Tough day for the good doctor. He went 0-for-5 with 2 strikeouts and left a whopping 7 men on base. Defensively he missed a fly ball in the first inning.
Matt Wieters: He got the day off, appearing just once as a pinch hitter. He struck out to end the game.
Jeremy Guthrie: He had a horrendous first inning, throwing 31 pitches in the first inning alone, allowing a single, a double, and two walks. He settled down after that. He didn't walk any more and gave up only two hits in innings 2-5. In the 6th, though back-to-back HR by Aubrey Huff and Juan Uribe put the O's down 4-2.
The other guys:
Corey Patterson struck out three times but drew a walk and stole a base in the 8th but couldn't score. Miguel Tejada had two hits, Luke Scott had a good day with a hit and two walks, Craig Tatum was on base three times with a single and two walks, and the B2B had three hits.
The Giants' 5th and 6th runs were thanks to the bullpen. Will Ohman gave up a single to Aubrey Huff to start the 8th inning, then Alfredo Simon made his triumphant return by giving up a couple hits and an intentional walk, only getting out of the inning when the Giants closer, Brian Wilson, grounded into a double play in his second AB of the year.
Speaking of Aubrey Huff, I expected him to handle the Orioles during this series but he waited until today to do so. He fell just a triple short of the cycle, knocked in two runs, and scored three.